D.J. Paradis, Cartersville coach, said the win keeps his team in the hunt for a region title although the Canes have very little room for error as the season begins winding down.
Cartersville, now ranked No. 8 in the Atlanta-Journal Constitution state soccer poll, scored three of its goals in the first half and tacked on five after the break.
The victory improves Cartersville record to 10-2 overall and 9-1 in Region 5-AAA.
Paradis said he is pleased with Cartersville’s effort and mental toughness but said the Canes must step up their play the rest of the season to reach their playoff goals.
“We’re making a run for first place,” he said, “and we have to take care of business and win the rest of our region matches. We also have to make sure when we play North Murray we have a better goal differential.”
The Canes lost to North Murray, 2-1, on March 19 and play them again April 15.
Cartersville plays Adairsville again Thursday and has four remaining region games. The team likely needs to win all four region matches.
Cartersville not only won Tuesday on the soccer field, but also was awarded a forfeit victory by Gordon Central.
Paradis said the No. 8 state ranking is an honor for the team but also shines a light on them.
“I feel it puts a target on us and makes us have to play a good match every night,” he said. “We can’t have any letdowns because we are one of the teams that can compete in the state playoffs and make some noise.”
Scoring for Cartersville were Matthew Bryson, four goals; Alec Durbano, one; Jake Andersen, one; and Wesley Hicks, one.
Lady Canes 4, Adairsville 0
In other action between the schools, the Cartersville girls defeated Adairsville, 4-0.
Cartersville scored in the game’s second and 38th minute for a 2-0 lead that it carried into halftime.
In the second half, the Lady Canes added a goal in the 74th minute and another one in the game’s 80th minute to close out scoring.
“We played well, but our shots didn’t go in and their’s did,” Lance Hall, Adairsville assistant coach, said.
Stefanie Will scored Cartersville’s first goal and Abby Ingram the second on Tuesday.
Sydney Miller scored the Lady Cane’s third goal and Ingram closed out scoring by finding net with a 25-yard shot.
Roger Lowe, Cartersville coach, said Adairsville turned really aggressive for about a 10-minute period in the second half but Cartersville thwarted the challenge in goal.
“I believe this is about the eighth shutout Sydney James has turned in for us,” he added.
The two teams meet again Thursday.