Lady Canes rout Model with seven first-half goals

The Cartersville High girls soccer team had a long offseason after losing its last seven games to end 2016. And after nearly 11 months away from winning, the Lady Canes have now won two games in as many days.

The second of those wins came Thursday at home to Model by a score of 7-0. The dominant performance puts Cartersville at 2-0 in the regular season.

“It’s a good win for us. It’s a good way to start the season at 2-0. The girls played hard, they played well,” Cartersville head coach Chad Murray said. “Last season, the way it ended, left a sour taste in our mouth. So it’s good to be successful early on, gets the girls believing in themselves and what they can do.”

Thursday’s game wasn’t much of a game at all after the first few minutes, and all seven of Cartersville’s goals were scored in the first half before the subs came on for the final 40 minutes.

Chloe Davis scored her third goal in two days when she put one in the back of the net in the second minute. Davis would add another goal in the 39th minute to bookend the scoring.

Davis then assisted Micah Vance’s first goal of her career, as the freshman scored in the 12th minute.

Goal No. 3 came three minutes later off the foot of LeShaun Williams, who came off the bench to score two goals in the game, the last one coming in the 33rd minute for a 6-0 lead.

Rebecca Hayes scored Cartersville’s fourth goal off a free kick in the 22nd minute, and freshman Kalyn Donegan scored the fifth goal in the 28th minute.

“We really controlled the ball, really worked it with short passes, just held the ball,” Murray said. “We were on the offensive side a lot tonight and so we just kept the pressure on. We had many more shots that could have gone, but that’s just the law of averages.”

The Lady Canes will next look to make it three in a row to begin the year when they take on North Cobb Christian at home on Tuesday.

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