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After slow start Lady Champs pull away from Viqueens

By CHRIS SIERS ~ sports@t-g.com
Posted 8/26/21

For much of the first half of Tuesday night's Battle of Bedford soccer edition, Cascade and Community settled into a back-and-forth tempo of game that neither team was able to overcome.

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After slow start Lady Champs pull away from Viqueens

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For much of the first half of Tuesday night's Battle of Bedford soccer edition, Cascade and Community settled into a back-and-forth tempo of game that neither team was able to overcome.

Once Cascade broke the stalemate nearly 30 minutes into the match, the Lady Champs were able to fully execute their game plan and went on to knock off the Viqueens, 3-1.

“We came out slow. We had to step it up and our girls really picked up and and played hard until the end, Lady Champion coach Wendy Williams said.

With a sluggish first half, Cascade eventually broke through on a penalty kick by Angelina Rodriguez in the 29th minute.

That score held through the remainder of the half, although the score appeared to give Cascade more momentum that allowed the Lady Champs to dominate possession.

With extreme heat plaguing both teams, Cascade was able to liberally substitute throughout the game and no matter the lineup on the front line, the Lady Champs saw quality production.

Cascade played add on later in the second half, largely in part to the effort by Caroline Stone.

Stone notched the game's second goal in the 62nd minute and assisted Savannah Soto on a cross pass two minutes later to put the home team up, 3-0.

“We're trying new things all the time and trying to see what combinations work best. We do have enough people to sub in that we're able to try different things,” Williams said.

Community avoided the shutout in the closing minutes when Zoey Dixon found the back of the net on a penalty kick in the 74th minute.

Tuesday's win avenges a pair of losses Cascade suffered against the Viqueens last season, which Williams hopes will springboard her team through the remainder of district play.

“I think it gives them confidence. Last year, we lost to Community both times, so they needed this to have confidence moving forward in the district,” she said.

Both teams get a break until after the horse show when the Lady Champs will return to action at Coffee County on September 7 while Community travels to Cannon County.

Community 0 1 — 1

Cascade 1 2 — 3

First Half

Cas — Angelina Rodriguez goal, (29th minute).

Second Half

Cas — Caroline Stone goal, (62nd minute).

Cas — Savannah Soto goal, Stone assist, (64th minute).

Com — Zoey Dixon goal, (74th minute).

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