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Canes soccer stays undefeated in region

The Cartersville High boys soccer team remains tied for first place in Region 5-AAAA, as the Canes defeated Chapel Hill on the road Friday by a score of 2-0.

Cartersville had a major advantage in shots taken in the match, but didn’t break through for a goal until the second half.

Pedro Ghanem assisted James Chege less than five minutes into the second half for a 1-0 lead.

Ghanem then assisted Barrett Hester in the 65th minute for some breathing room.

“Everyone played well tonight,” Cartersville head coach D.J. Paradis said. “Players were connecting their passes, moving, taking their shots and just playing a great defensive game.”

Paradis estimated Chapel Hill only took about four shots all game, and that all those shots were taken in the second half.

Meanwhile, the Canes continued to put pressure on Chapel Hill’s keeper throughout the match.

“We had 38 shots,” Paradis said. “We moved the ball freely throughout the midfield, had a lot of open passing lanes. We just couldn’t find the back of the net in that first half.”

The win puts Cartersville at 7-1 overall and 3-0 in region play, tied with LaGrange for first in the standings with just three region matches remaining.

Cartersville will face the Grangers on the road on March 28.

“That’s going to be a big game, but right now, we have to turn all our attention to Sandy Creek on Tuesday,” Paradis said. “And then, probably our biggest region matchup will be next Friday against Cedartown, who’s only loss came in a PK shootout to LaGrange. That’s going to be a tough test. They have a high-powered offense and can score.”

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