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Wed. December 21, 2011 | Matt Baker | Email

Wesley Chapel’s girls soccer team has already passed its share of milestones this season.

The Wildcats had never knocked off Zephyrhills and Pasco before this year but beat them both twice this winter. After finishing 3-18 last year, Wesley Chapel is seeded first in the district at 6-2.

“It’s a pretty long shot from the last two years,” coach Michelle Clark said. “We’re really excited about the team coming along slowly.”

Junior Kelsey Bare has scored seven goals as a defender and notched both points in a win over Sunlake earlier this month. The Wildcats have also received a jolt from senior Theresa Gemberling, who missed last season with a knee injury but has eight goals this year. Aspen Cooper has also improved as the team’s goalkeeper, Clark said.

Clark’s biggest challenge has been uniting a complex group. A handful of players compete at the club level, while Clark asked other varsity members to join the team because they were athletic, even if they had no soccer experience.

“It’s trying to mesh all of them together to play their hardest,” Clark said. “We’re making those steps in the right direction.”

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