The Cartersville boys soccer team was able to handle its emotions a little better than Cass was, and as a result, defeated the visiting Colonels Friday night by a score of 2-1.
“I thought we played well. We played smart. We didn’t let emotion get in the way of the game,” Cartersville head coach D.J. Paradis said. “Proud of these guys for playing tough when we need to and playing smart. I always tell my players, with rivalries, you throw the record out the window. We’re an even-keel team, but you always want to win against Cass. That’s a big factor.”
“Cartersville played well. This is always a competitive game and is just a great rivalry,” Cass head coach Frank Kunf said. “We are emotional right now. We have a lot of inconsistencies that we have to work through. We could have came out and played a little better. A lot of times we come out with emotion and emotion got in our way a little tonight.”
Cartersville got on the board in the eighth minute when Ross Pasley capitalized on a penalty kick and spotted it perfectly in the bottom left corner of the goal.
“We just took advantage of a push in the back. Ross is one of our best players. Any chance he has, he’s going to bury it. He’s one person you never want to have on the PK line against you,” Paradis said. “I’m very thankful he’s a Cane. I’m very sad he’s a senior this year, but I know we’re going to get a good year out of him.”
Neither team would capitalize on its chances for the remainder of the half and Cartersville led Cass 1-0 at halftime.
It took Cartersville a little longer to score in the second half, but the Canes eventually came through in the 52nd minute to take a 2-0 advantage. Pedro Robledo placed a free kick into the box where Zach Edwards came up with it and scored.
“Him getting that goal tonight was special,” Paradis said of Edwards. “Especially against Cass, this is the one goal he’s always wanted and hasn’t been able to get. He’s just excited to get on the end of it and we’re all excited for him because he doesn’t get to score often, but he puts the effort in every day. He’s the heart and soul of our defense. He’s the leader.”
Cass eventually did score its first goal of the game when Marco Ruiz found the back of the net to bring the Colonels within one.
“The kids did push hard and they didn’t give up all the way through the end of the game,” Kunf said of his team. “The late score at the end, that’s just small adjustments that we’re learning.”
Following the score, immediately after play was restarted, the referee blew the whistle signifying the end of the match.
“Coach Paradis does an awesome job of preparing his kids and getting his team ready to play. He definitely got them ready to go tonight, so I have to give all the credit to them and the way they played,” Kunf said. “We’re trying to build something here and we’ve been talking to the kids, and we’re trying to reach goals more than wins and losses. So as long as we’re progressing in our goals, it’s tough to lose this Cartersville game, but we’re really looking forward to this region game that we have. We have one more week of just prepping ourselves before region play.”
Paradis is pleased with the victory, but he too is more concerned about his team performing during the region portion of the schedule.
“We stuck to what we’ve been trying to do all year,” he said of the game. “We’re still building on what we want to do, but I’m still proud of these guys.”
Woodland 3, Cedartown 0
The Woodland boys soccer team traveled to Cedartown Thursday night to defeat the Bulldogs 3-0.
"This was a good win for us and puts the boys in the right frame of mind to play Rome on Tuesday night,” head coach Ed Guse said. “The team is really coming together and the passing improves every game."
The Wildcats came out hungry when junior Logan Molinaro scored off a pass from Nick Marcaurelle three minutes into the first half.
Twenty-five minutes later, Molinaro found the back of the net again on an unassisted goal.
In the second half, Cedartown came out fighting, but was not able to score against a tough Woodland back line.
The final goal came off a throw-in by senior Damien Naelitz, which was touched by a Cedartown defender and volleyed off freshman Luis Pineda, who sent it sailing into the side net, narrowly escaping the Bulldog keeper.
Woodland had a total of 15 shots on goal and sophomore keeper Kurt Moore was credited with eight saves.
The Wildcats will host their next region game against Rome on Tuesday.