The Wildcat boys kick to a 1-0 victory over the top-ranked Eagles, but the girls soccer team loses.

When the referee’s whistle finally shrilled to signify the end of Tuesday’s game, the Windward School boys soccer team celebrated–and with good reason.

The Wildcats managed to survive a barrage of shots in the second half to escape with a 1-0 Alpha League victory over a bigger Brentwood team.

It took a spirited effort for the full 80 minutes for Windward, ranked No. 4 in the latest CIF Southern Section Division 6 poll, to upset the No. 1 Eagles.

“I thought my team was heroic,” Windward head coach Nick Webster said. “They always give us a good game. They’re very well-organized, they’re very powerful, very disciplined on set pieces, and we had to defend with a lot of courage, a lot of heart.”

The victory pushed Windward to 9-4-2 overall and 7-0-1 in the Alpha League, with its sole tie coming in its previous game with Brentwood. The Eagles dropped to 9-3-4 overall, 4-1-2 in league.