The Cartersville High boys soccer team had already locked up the No. 1 seed out of Region 5-AAAA, but was able to complete a perfect region record Friday at Sandy Creek.
Jake Hacker scored two goals and a strong defense along with Cade Roberts’ play in goal helped the Canes to a 4-0 shutout.
“It was a great game tonight. We were able to pass the ball, move and penetrate,” Cartersville head coach D.J. Paradis said after the game. “Sandy Creek provided a good challenge. They’re a very good young team, which I expect a lot from in the future.”
Cartersville (13-1-2, 6-0) took control in the opening minute when Pedro Ghanem scored off a Grant Farmer assist. The goal came in the first 30 seconds and was “basically our first pass and first shot of the game,” according to Paradis.
Hacker then got on the board in the 32nd minute after he received a long throw in over the defender and was able to put it past the keeper for a 2-0 lead.
It took the Canes nearly as little time to score out of halftime as it did for them to score to open the game, as Cartersville found the back of the net in the third minute of the second half. The strike came from Cesar Abeja off an assist from Farmer, Farmer’s second of the game.
Hacker would put the finishing touches later in the second half with a goal on James Chege’s assist. Chege got a cross off and Hacker was able to get position in the middle of the box before putting it in the back of the net.
“Jake had a great game,” Paradis said. “He was on target with his shots and he helped our offense get in a groove, especially later in the game, playing 1-2 touch soccer and moving the ball for us.”
The defense also played well in front of Roberts in goal.
“Cesar Abeja played a good game defensively and offensively,” Paradis said. “Our keeper, Cade Roberts, had several big saves to keep a clean sheet, especially a shot in the last few seconds. He had to outstretch with his fingers.”
Cartersville has one more game on April 21 against Sonoraville before hosting the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs on April 26.