HERSHEY WILDCATS were a professional soccer team, based in Hershey ,
* 1 History * 2 Year-by-year * 3 See also * 4 References
The Wildcats were moderately successful in their short existence, with Bob Lilley coaching the team for its entire five-year run, leading the Wildcats to the playoffs in each season. In 2001, Hershey reached the A-League finals but were defeated 2–0 by the Rochester Raging Rhinos .
Less than a week after the championship match, in October 2001, Hershey Entertainment announced that the Wildcats were folding. Weak attendance, including a crowd of only 750 for the 2001 playoff semifinal, was a factor in the decision to fold the team. With the league unable to find a new owner for the club, the players became free agents.
YEAR DIVISION LEAGUE REG. SEASON PLAYOFFS OPEN CUP AVG. ATTENDANCE
1997 2 USISL A-League 1st, Atlantic Division Semifinals Round of 16 3,138
1998 2 USISL A-League 2nd, Atlantic Conference Semifinals 2nd Round 3,794
1999 2 USL A-League 1st, Atlantic Conference Semifinals Did not qualify 3,978
2000 2 USL A-League 3rd, Atlantic Conference Quarterfinals Did not qualify 2,214
2001 2 USL A-League 1st, Northern Final 3rd Round 2,911
* ^ A B "Impact hire Lilley as head coach".
CBC Sports .
2002-01-23. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
* ^ A B Jeff DiVeronica (2001-10-20). "