The Purple Hurricanes defeated Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe, 4-0, on Friday. They return to action this week against Coahulla Creek and then Sonoraville.
Canes 4, LFO 0
The Canes scored early against LFO with Zach Edwards finding net in the game’s first five minutes with a penalty kick.
Efrain Milan gave Cartersville a comfortable 2-0 lead in the 15th minute by scoring on a rebound from a cross.
The Canes took that lead into the break.
Cartersville scored twice in the second half, the first by Daniel Keeney, who connected with a rebound from a corner kick, and the second by Javier Alonso, who buried a shot from 18 feet out on the left side.
With about a third of the season now gone, the Canes have a 5-1 overall record and are 4-0 in Region 5-AAA.
Paradis believes that record suggests not only the Canes are a top four team in the region but they also must keep taking care of business in order to reach their playoff goals. They also have to keep playing through injuries.
He noted Cartersville had defeated LFO 9-1 the first time the two teams met but was pushed much harder Friday.
“Our seniors are doing what we expected of them this season, but we’ve had a couple of underclassmen — Javier Alonso and Ross Pasley — help us,” Paradis said. “Javier has stepped up big for us. Ross also has been a big factor on how well we’ve done.”
He noted Pasley played the first time the Canes met LFO. “We didn’t have him in our Friday game and it made a big difference.”
Paradis said the Canes are about to face some tough foes.
One Tuesday, Cartersville hosts Coahulla Creek, which is 2-2 overall and 2-1 in the region. The match is slated for a 7:30 p.m. start.
The Canes visit Sonoraville (4-1, 2-1) on Thursday and North Murray (3-1, 3-0) on March 19.
“The next three games are the most important of our season so far,” he said. “After they are played, we’ll be halfway through our season and they’ll give us a good setup for what we have to do the rest of the way.
“After them, in the coming weeks we’ll play Gordon Central and Adairsville.”
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