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Viqueens slip past Cascade 1-0

Friday, September 28, 2012

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Viqueen keeper Megan Sager comes out of goal and makes the stop on the charge by Lady Champion forward Karly Grissom.
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WARTRACE -- Thursday night's rivalry showdown between Cascade and Community is about what one would expect from two top-notch soccer squads.

Solid defense, strong drives, and big plays in goal were made for the full 80 minutes by both squads.

In the end, Kali Sitz lifted the Viqueens to a 1-0 victory with an early second-half goal.

'Great effort'

"It feels good to walk away with the win. I'm very proud of the effort by the girls. It was a great effort by both teams. It was a very aggressive game, but a very clean game.

"Both teams played very hard and both teams have everything to be proud of walking away from that game because it was a hard-fought game on both parts," said Community coach Mark Neill.

Prior to Sitz' goal, the showdown was a chess match of finding the right combination of match ups between the two squads.

Perhaps the best one-on-one matchup was between Viqueen forward Kristen Brothers and Cascade defender Tori Slater.

Heated rivalry

"It was a good matchup with those two. That's usually one of our strengths is speed on the corners," said Neill.

"I knew they play alike and I knew they think alike. That was a good match up. If we had Tori up front, it might have helped us, but that's the choice we had to make. I knew defense was important tonight," Lewis said.

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Lady Champion goal keeper Kaley Clanton makes a diving save during the first half against the Viqueens.
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While Slater gave everything she could to contain Brothers, the Viqueens continued to pepper the Cascade goal with shots. In all, Community fired off 13 shots on goal, keeping Cascade goal keeper Kaley Clanton busy for the entire match.

To Clanton's credit, she came up with seven saves, keeping the game within reach for the Lady Champs.

"Kaley did a wonderful job in goal. I can't say enough. She did the same thing at Summit the other night. She had some awesome saves. And it's not so much the number of saves, but the type of saves that she had," said Cascade coach Monica Lewis.

Better aim

While the Viqueens only managed to sneak one shot to the back of the net, the number of shots on goal was much-improved over Tuesday night's match against Webb.

"That was an improvement from Tuesday night. We didn't score any more, but I give their goalie (Clanton) a lot of the credit," Neill said.

Clanton wasn't the only goalie on the field making key saves. Viqueen keeper Megan Sager recorded nine saves to preserve the shutout in goal.

Offensively for the Lady Champs, Karly Grissom stepped up and helped lead the Cascade charge at the Viqueen goal, especially late in the second half.

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Senior Cascade defender Jordan Wilson (2) battles Taylor Thompson for possession near midfield.
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Back in action

"She (Grissom) hasn't played soccer in two years. For her to come in late like she has, I'm very pleased. It's been a lot of help," Lewis said.

While Grissom helped lead the Casacde offense, Community had several players step to the challenge against their arch-rivals.

"There were so many players that did such a good job tonight. I thought we had really good control and passing. We generated a lot of opportunities, but just couldn't score," Neill said.

The Viqueens get a week off until their next match against Cornersville, which will on the road next Thursday.

Cascade, meanwhile, will return home on Wednesday when the Lady Champs host the Webb Lady Feet in the Battle for Bell Buckle on senior night.

Community 0 1 -- 1

Cascade 0 0 -- 0

Second half

Com--Kali Sitz goal 38:58.


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