Canes lock up 3-seed in region


The Cartersville boys soccer team locked up the No. 3 spot in the region Tuesday with a 6-2 win at Heritage.

“We were able to pass and move the ball on them,” Cartersville head coach D.J. Paradis said of the game. “We communicated and we were able to push our style of play on them and move the ball quickly through the back, get around their defenders. They had a very good team. They played us well, and they fought until the end. The second half, we were just able to put a full 40 minutes together.”

Cartersville scored its first goal in the 22nd minute thanks to Cesar Abeja, with a second goal coming soon after from Houston Read on an assist by Blake Cheek.

The score was 2-0 at halftime before the Canes turned it on early in the second half. Pedro Robledo scored a goal on a penalty kick in the 51st minute after Grant Farmer was taken down in the penalty box.

Farmer would get a goal of his own soon after as Cheek assisted to make the score 4-0.

Minutes later, Gabe Gridley scored on a corner kick from Robledo to make the score 5-0 in the 57th minute.

Heritage would get on the scoreboard with a goal in the 61st minute and another in the 75th, but the Canes struck back with a goal by Victor Guevara on an assist by Abeja.

Cartersville is now 9-3 overall and completes region play with a 5-2 record. The Canes will play again Thursday at home against Marietta.