However, for Cartersville senior soccer player Ross Pasley, Tuesday night’s 10-0 victory over Adairsville was particularly memorable as he scored four goals and assisted on three more at Weinman Stadium.
“I was feeling it. It was senior night, my last game,” Pasley said. “It’s pretty cool. I guess it’s like a once in a lifetime experience.”
Pasley scored the first goal of the game in the third minute. Reid Selton punted the ball to midfield where Pasley won a loose ball. He then took it down the left side and crossed it to the middle where it was deflected into the goal off an Adairsville defender.
Less than a minute later, Cesar Abeja took a shot that was saved by the Adairsville keeper. The ball ricocheted to Javier Alonso, who put the ball in the back of net for Cartersville’s second goal.
Alonso found himself in the right place at the right time again in the ninth minute when Pasley broke down the left side and crossed the ball to the feet of Alonso, who scored his second goal of the game.
In the 19th minute, Cartersville would strike again on another Pasley cross. Pasley once again broke down the left side and crossed the ball to the middle where it deflected of an Adairsville defender to Daniel Keeney for the goal.
With 11 minutes remaining in the half, Cartersville scored its fifth goal of the game. This time, Aaron Ruiz made a run down the left side and recovered a pass headed for the end line. He the beat an Adairsville defender and crossed the ball to Effrain Millian. Millian took a shot from about five yards out, which was deflected up and over the Adairsville keeper for the goal.
The Canes would get one last goal just before halftime when Pasley beat a defender and ripped a shot from 25 yards out. The shot was saved by Adairsville’s keeper, but the rebound bounced right to Sean Holton for the goal.
The score gave Cartersville a 6-0 lead at the half.
Pasley would again make his presence felt in the 49th minute when he got the ball at the top of the penalty box, juked a defender and fired a shot from 20 yards out. The ball snuck in below the crossbar for a 7-0 lead.
Pasley scored another goal in the 55th minute and added an assist in the 64th minute when he crossed the ball into Johnny Valente, who scored Cartersville’s ninth goal.
“He was the do-it-all player tonight,” Cartersville head coach D.J. Paradis said of Pasley. “He’s a great player. He’s probably our best offensive player, technical player. He helps us move the ball around, gets us in spaces.”
Pasley would score one more goal, maybe his most impressive, with 9:40 remaining on the clock when he put in a free kick from near midfield. The goal ended the game on the 10-goal rule.
“It was nice to send Ross out that way,” Paradis said. “I would think he would like to repeat that come playoffs first round, or something close to it.”
Freshman midfielder Pedro Robledo also played well in the first half, controlling the midfield and providing several scoring opportunities for the Canes.
“[Pedro Robledo] is very active. He’s fast, he’s quick, he gets everywhere,” Paradis said. “He has a good support system with whoever is the other midfielder with him. He has a little more free range to move around, especially with our other center mids who come out with him. He’s going to be like another Ross in the future. He moves the ball for us. He’s going to be another playmaker for years to come because he’s only a freshman. He will be the foundation of our midfield for years to come.”
The win was especially gratifying for the seniors, who got to play their final regular season game at Weinman Stadium.
“Our seniors played a big role in the team’s success this year,” Paradis said. “It’s great playing at Weinman Stadium. It’s a different feel. It’s nice the administration allows us to move over here. Especially one game before the playoffs, it allows us to get some experience. You might have to change your game because of the width of the field. It’s probably a little narrower, but it’s a little bit longer than our field. It’s nice to get over here. You learn the bounces and how the field plays and a lot of the teams we play, play in a football stadium, so it allows us to get a feel.”
Cartersville will likely be back at Weinman Stadium for the first round of the state playoffs on May 1 as the Canes are likely the No. 2 seed from Region 5-AAA, which would put them against the third seed from Region 7.