Cartersville turns offensive, picks up soccer victory
by Staff Report
Mar 07, 2014 | 510 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cartersville shifted to an offensive formation 10 minutes into its match and reaped three big goals as it went on to defeat North Murray, 3-1, in girls high school soccer play Thursday.

Two of those goals came in the first half and a third came after the break for the Lady Purple Hurricanes.

The Lady Canes also got a taste of challenging field conditions as they were pelted with sleet a few minutes and players spent the rest of the way contending with sloppy conditions on a turf that had the soccer ball skipping along, keeping players busy with extra challenges.

Head coach Chad Murray said he was pleased with the play of the Lady Canes in those conditions.

“It’s a region win and all of those victories are important in conditions like this,” Murray said. “It’s hard to keep coming out sometimes, but we managed to stay calm and played through it.

“They did a good job against an aggressive North Murray team.”

Cartersville scored its first goal when Victoria Everhart fielded a corner kick from Stefanie Will and put it in the box.

Murray said Everhart, a middle defender, had been pushed up the field in an offensive adjustment in response to North Murray using its players to try to prevent Cartersville from scoring.

“She doesn’t get to play up near the goal that much,” he said.

Will, a forward and center midfielder, got into the scoring habit later in the first half when one of the passes skipped along the turf and got through the wall of defenders.

“It skipped through somehow,” Murray said, “and Stefanie was there to knock it in for us.”

Cartersville scored its final goal in the second half when Aubree Smith got an assist from Ashton Sanders and found net for the team’s third time.

Sanders had tracked the ball down, outran a defender and passed the ball back out from the backline.

“She popped it out front and Aubree put it in,” Murray added.

Payton Clark picked up the victory in goal for Cartersville. The keeper was credited with six saves.

Clark is the team’s backup keeper and was pressed into service because starting keeper Abby Robinson was out with a virus.

Cartersville improved to 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the region with the victory.

Murray said he is pleased with what he is seeing so far.

“We’re trying to get better every game,” he said. “Everyone played and it was a good team win.”

Cartersville next plays today when it visits Dawson County. The teams are scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m.