Cartersville got just what it wanted to open its boys soccer season as the Purple Hurricanes played a competitive opponent in North Cobb Christian and pitched a shutout.
The Canes, who took a 4-0 victory, opened up a 1-0 lead in the first half and tacked on three more scores after the break.
Head coach D.J. Paradis said it was a good start to the Cartersville campaign this season because the contest was against a quality opponent on the road and his team was pushed.
“It was a very competitive game,” Paradis said.
Cartersville opened scoring in the 29th minute with a cross to Jake Hacker from Cesar Abeja.
“Jake was in front of the goal and got the pass from Cesar and just tapped it in,” Paradis said.
The Canes didn’t take long to double their score after the break and benefitted from a stellar play by Pedro Robledo.
“In the 43rd minute, Pedro intercepted a pass about 25 yards out, and he dribbled down and put the ball in the corner of the net,” Paradis said.
The play by Robledo helped Cartersville to a 2-0 lead in the contest.
Cartersville’s next goal came in the 53rd minute after a Cane was taken down from behind by a North Cobb Christian player.
“Osbaldo Senderos scored off a penalty kick,” the coach said.
The goal gave Cartersville a 3-0 lead.
Cartersville’s final goal came in the 66th minute.
“Blake Cheek took a shot from 22 yards out after Edwin Betancort passed the ball to him and he sent it to the corner,” Paradis said.
Cartersville next plays on Wednesday when it entertains Darlington at home.