Overtime win, Vance's hat trick highlight Canes soccer sweep

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The Cartersville boys soccer team wasn't at its best for the first 70 minutes of Monday's Region 5-AAAA road game at Central-Carroll.

Facing a 1-0 deficit, the Canes responded by peppering the Lions goal over the final 10 minutes of regulation. Pedro Ghanem found the back of the net in the 72nd minute, and the onslaught continued in the overtime session.

With just over a minute to go before penalty kicks, sophomore Joel Zazueta produced a moment of class with a curling effort off the back post and into the net to lift Cartersville to a 2-1 road win Monday.

The victory helps the Canes improve to 5-3 on the season and 3-0 in region action, while the Lions (6-4, 3-1) suffered their first region setback.

"The defense played well, but we didn't wake up for about 70 minutes," Cartersville head coach D.J. Paradis said. "We had probably 12 shots in the final 10 minutes of regulation and another 14 shots in overtime before we finally scored."

Cartersville girls 4, Central-Carroll 2

Cartersville junior Micah Vance racked up three goals Monday night to help lead her team past Central-Carroll by a 4-2 final score and maintain an unbeaten start to Region 5-AAAA play.

Despite Vance's stellar night, it was actually the combination of Abbey Craig and Kendyl Anderson that produced the first Cartersville goal in Monday's road game. The former fed the latter in the 10th minute for a 1-0 lead.

Craig assisted Vance on her opener in the 25th minute, as the Canes (6-2-1, 3-0) doubled their lead. Central responded soon after to pull within 2-1 at halftime.

Vance claimed her second headed goal of the night off a Linet Chege assist in the 59th minute before the Lions responded yet again to cut the deficit to one.

With just six minutes remaining, Vance completed her hat trick with an unassisted goal rocketed into the top corner to seal the victory.

"Didn't play sharp tonight," Cartersville head coach Chad Murray said via text message, "but it says a lot about the character of this team in overcoming adversity to pull out a win."

Both Cartersville teams will take a break from the region schedule to face Northwest Whitfield in a Friday home game.