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Lady Champs fall to Coffee Co.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Sarah Edmondson (14) makes a strong defensive stand as she battles Alex Ellison (5) of Coffee County on Wednesday night.
(T-G Photo by Chris Siers)
WARTRACE -- At first glance from the final score in Cascade's 4-0 loss to Coffee County looks like a completely one-sided affair.

In reality, it was far from that.

Cascade has had a tough week in the win-loss columns, but has faced tough teams with the hopes of preparing for a strong finish against district teams like Page and Community.

"I think we did well breaking down some of their (Coffee County) passing. They had one in the second half, but didn't score again after that," said Cascade coach Monica Lewis.

Coffee County jumped on Cascade early in the match on Wednesday evening and took a 1-0 lead about five minutes into the match.

Strong midfield

The Lady Raiders dictated the pace of the match early on with strong play in the midfield, but Cascade was still able to orchestrate a few runs to left forward Tori Slater.

But the Lady Raiders knew exactly how dangerous Slater could be if given the opportunity to get a shot off.

"She has played with these girls and they know her," Lewis said.

Coffee County scored again with about 18 minutes to go in the opening half to take a two-goal lead, but Cascade hung tough and was able to slow down a potent offense for most of the first half.

The Lady Raiders scored one more goal in the first half on a breakaway goal with about 5:20 to go.

Coffee County got one more goal in the first two minutes of the second half for the final score of the match.

But Cascade was able to mobilize the offense and work more shots on goal than the visitors in the closing half.

"We had quite a few shots on goal -- especially in the second half," Lewis said.

While the match went into the loss column for the Lady Champs, Lewis still feels that there were a lot of positives taken away from Wednesday night.

Valued experience

"It certainly gets us ready for playing in our tournaments. Hopefully we'll make it to region and this will get us ready for region.

"The strongest teams we play in our district are Page and Community, so we really need that competition," she said.

With that added experience from the week's games so far, Cascade might be accruing enough experience against top-caliber teams to help make a post-season push.

The Lady Champs are back in action this afternoon as they welcome MTCS at 5 p.m.

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