It's still probably a little too early to bring up the subject to Westminster coach Lon Randall, however.
"It is still very, very disappointing," Randall
"I'm definitely not over that loss yet.
led the Crusaders to as far as the semifinal round for the first time since 2001 and to a season record of 27-3-2, before that agonizing semifinal loss.
Still, that was good enough for Randall
to earn Daily Advertiser All-Acadiana Coach of the Year honors.
"There's still no doubt in my mind that we were deserving of that No. 1 ranking, even though we lost," Randall
"We easily could have been in the finals.
Some things just happen for us."
Redd's injury and four other Crusaders cramping up in that game made it tough on WCA's chances late.
"It's nothing against the kids at all," Randall
took over the WCA's
soccer program four years ago when son, Jacob, reached high school.
coached youth soccer for years.
"This was a unique group, because I had been coaching eight of them since they were in kindergarten," Randall
"We felt like we had a chance to go a long way this year.
When this group were freshmen, we lost in the regional.
Then we lost in the quarters as sophomore and then 2-1 in the quarters as juniors, so we knew we were getting closer."
The plan is that Randall will now step down as WCA's head coach, assuming the school fan find a faculty member to coach the team.
"High school soccer is different," he
As painful as the semifinal loss was for Randall
still made his
annual trip to watch the Division III state finals with Northlake Christian beating Ben Franklin.
"It was definitely harder to watch this year," Randall
"The kid was parallel to the goal," Randall