Marissa Mowry had three goals and one assist as the Cartersville girls soccer team defeated Sprayberry Friday by a score of 4-1.
“She plays striker for us, and she’s just very skilled. She probably plays at the highest level as far as anybody on our team,” Cartersville head coach Chad Murray said of Mowry’s performance. “She’s very good, and she was in the right place at the right time tonight.”
Mowry scored her first goal on a penalty kick in the 18th minute.
“We had a player that was taken down in the box. The goalkeeper actually stopped the first [penalty kick], and they called her for moving too early off her line,” Murray said of the first goal. “We got to rekick, and I’ve never seen that call made before in a high school soccer game. Their coach was pretty livid about that and I guess I don’t blame him.”
Mowry struck again in the 26th minute off a rebound, and scored another goal off a rebound in the 60th minute.
“It was just bouncing around, pinballing, and she finds it and she kicks it in,” Murray said of Mowry’s second and third goals. Just for good measure, Mowry helped add another goal in the 78th minute when she assisted Courtney Rhea.
In addition to the four goals scored, Murray felt his defense played well to hold Sprayberry to one goal.
“I think possession was probably real close to even. If we beat them, it wasn’t by about five percent maybe,” Murray said. “The defensive line played fantastic. The shape was great. We just didn’t get out of shape too often. They tried to play down the middle, and we play the stopper-sweeper style. So we have two people there in the middle and they didn’t utilize the outsides very much. We played the wrong style defense for their style of offense.
“They had plenty of chances. Our goalkeeper, Abby Robinson, she had 12 saves tonight. So it wasn’t like they weren’t getting shots.”
Murray also credited the play of sweeper Hannah Moore.
“She’s a senior and she’s playing a position this year that she’s not used to playing. She’s used to playing outside,” Murray said of Moore. “I had to pull her into the sweeper position and she’s just done a fantastic job, and she did again tonight. It was just a really good job and good effort from her.”
Cartersville is now 4-1 on the year and will play again Tuesday at Southeast Whitfield.
Cartersville boys 3, Sprayberry 1
The Cartersville boys soccer team trailed briefly in Friday’s home game against Sprayberry, but the Canes were able to come back and take care of business for a 3-1 win.
“We played very well,” Cartersville head coach D.J. Paradis said. “They were a very physical team with us. They matched up well. It was a very challenging game. We were able to move the ball around and create space to make our opportunities count.”
Sprayberry scored in the first five minutes, but Cartersville would even the score in the 15th minute with a goal by Grant Farmer off an assist by Rhett Pasley.
“[The goal] was on a long ball out of the back when Rhett was able to beat the keeper to the ball and just flipped it over him,” Paradis described of the first goal.
The Canes broke the 1-1 tie in the 27th minute on a goal by Cesar Abeja with an assist by Osbaldo Cinderos on a corner kick.
The final goal came on a penalty kick after Blake Cheek was taken down in the penalty box in the 74th minute.
Pedro Robledo scored the PK in the left corner of the goal to finalize the 3-1 result.
“[Goalkeeper] Marvin Osario had a great game. He faced 16 shots. He’s been able to keep our goal clean. He’s done an awesome job all season for us,” Paradis said. “Players that have really looked good and stepped up in the absence of one of the starting forwards have been our outside-mids. They’ve taken care of business. Blake Cheek has moved around in the midfield and has given us some much-needed depth. Rhett Pasley has had a huge defensive season for us. He has made some game-changing headers, not allowing balls to get behind him, breaking down the attack when we are numbers down. He’s just been a do-it-all defender this year.”
The 4-1 Canes will take on one of the favorites in Region 7-AAAA Tuesday when they travel to Southeast Whitfield.
“I look forward to our game next week with Southeast Whitfield with the way we’re playing,” Paradis said. “I think it’s going to be a tough game but a great game next Tuesday night.”