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Page overpowers Cascade, 4-1

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Abby Jett (7) battles a Lady Patriot midfielder for possession and traps the ball.
(T-G Photo by Chris Siers)
WARTRACE -- Save a pair of late goals by the Page Lady Patriots, the Cascade Lady Champions (4-2, 2-1 11A/AA) battled furiously and had several chances to overcome the visitors on Tuesday night. But a 1-2 knockout punch late in the second half gave Page the 4-1 victory.

The Lady Champs held Page scoreless for nearly 14 minutes into the first half, but a well-placed lob shot put the Lady Patriots on top.

Hope rises

While Page continued to push the attack, a resilient Cascade defense continued to hold its ground, which set up the game-tying goal.

Katelynn Edde knotted the game at one goal apiece when she fired a shot to the back of the Patriot net and gave Cascade new life.

Edde was assisted by Courtnie Carter.

"I felt like we could definitely hang with them. This is the first time in four years that we've scored on them. And that was great. We usually can't get near the goal. It was an awesome game on defense and offense for both teams," said Cascade coach Monica Lewis.

Late run

But even with Edde's goal, the Lady Patriots exploited a late run towards the Lady Champion goal and netted the go-ahead score inside two minutes to play in the half.

Needing every advantage possible, the Lady Champs switched up defensive formation to help gain an advantage on the visitors.

"I think our offense did well and I think our defense did well. We changed some things up. I knew we were going to need a lot of experience on defense and that's why we switched up like we did," Lewis said.

But even with the defensive switches, Page still found the back of the net two more times in the second half.

"They have a lot of speed on their team. I thought the teams were very well-matched," Lewis said.

Another chance

Even with the loss, Lewis still feels her team has a solid chance at competing with the heart of the district throughout the remainder of the season.

"We went into this game tonight with seven games left on our schedule and five of those are district. We still have a lot of district playing to do.

"This is our first district loss. If we can hold our own against everyone else, we'll have another chance at them," she said.

While the Lady Champs fell 4-1 on Tuesday, they don't have a lot of time to dwell on the loss.

Cascade hosts Coffee County today at 5 p.m. in a non-district match before diving back into the district campaign on Thursday when the MTCS Lady Cougars pay a visit to Wartrace.

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