Hashtag "we will" is the motto for the West Jessamine girls' soccer team this season.
"We will" what?
"Fill in the blank," Coach Kevin Wright said. "We will unite. We will work hard. We will defend. We will work together. Anything you want to put in that blank."
Wednesday, the Lady Colts filled in all the blanks, rallying from an early deficit to defeat visiting archrival East Jessamine 5-2.
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West, ranked third in the state, improved to 12-1-1, and 9-0-1 against in-state competition. The Colts have won five in a row.
The "we will" that describes this team best is, senior Rachel Seals said, "I think we will work hard. We always work hard for what we get. Every win we've gotten and every loss, we've worked hard."
East (6-8) made West work hard Wednesday.
The Jaguars struck first, getting a goal by Morgan Pence with 27:06 left in the half.
West countered, though, as Sarah Wiggins scored with 5:16 left, which is how the half would end — tied 1-1.
West scored four goals in a row in the second half to put the match away.
Wiggins finished with two goals.
"They were both breakaways and they were both just really good passes," Wiggins said. "And we just kind of, especially in the first half, needed to get some momentum after getting down. It was nice to definitely bring it back and tie it."
Lauren Kroes, Anna Lee and Eva Mitchell also scored for the Lady Colts, who outshot the Jaguars by an unofficial count of 19-4.
Susannah Terrazas notched a late score for East.
Kroes got the go-ahead score with 27:30 left to play, off of a ricochet from Rachel Monell. Wiggins scored just 1:33 later, set up nicely by a pass from Lee.
"We are a very positive team and we all are very united," Seals said. "We have a lot of unity on our team, so that makes us really strong."
Exactly, said Wiggins, who pointed out that the Colts stayed positive after falling behind early.
"Everybody just stays up," she said. "Even when we got down 1-0, we just fight through it and everybody plays for each other. Especially now with Rachel (Monell) being hurt. We play for each other."
Monell, a senior, suffered a second-half knee injury and had to be carried off the field.
"Tough. She's had a heck of a season," Wright said of Monell. "She's been an inspiration. On the field, off the field. ... Hopefully it turns out it's not as bad as we think it is. But we'll just have to pull harder together and play for her and all the work that we've put in. Nobody's going to feel sorry for us. But tonight's a tough night for us."
With their lofty ranking and impressive record, the Colts have big plans for the season.
Wright says the team has made steady progress since day one.
"We figure we've had 70 practices now," he said. "Every practice we have, you're vying for playing time. You're vying to help the other person get better. There's no days off. ... We're still building and it's everything built for the post-season."
"We will," the Colts think, do big things before the season ends.
West Jessamine 5, East Jessamine 2
Goals — EJ: Morgan Pence, Susannah Terrazas. WJ: Sarah Wiggins 2, Lauren Kroes, Anna Lee, Eva Mitchell. Goalkeepers — EJ: Sarah Underwood; WJ: McKenzie Via. Records — East 6-8; West 12-1-1.