The Canes’ chances to earn homefield advantage got a boost Friday as they defeated Coahulla Creek at home by a score of 2-0.
“This was a great win for us. It keeps us in contention for first place and a first-round playoff home game,” Cartersville head coach D.J. Paradis said. “[Coahulla Creek] beat us earlier this year, so it was a little bit of revenge for us. We know we have to win out if we want a chance to win the region. We have six games left, and after Tuesday, we’ll be at home for the rest of the season.”
Cartersville scored its first goal in the 32nd minute on a short corner kick when Pedro Robledo dribbled in and shot it past the goalie to take a 1-0 advantage.
Zach Edwards then scored the second goal on a penalty kick in the 60th minute after Javier Alonso was taken down in the box.
Coahulla Creek had a penalty kick of its own in the second half, but Reid Felton stopped it, one of his nine saves in the game.
The penalty kicks were indicative of the physical nature of the game. Coahulla Creek picked up two red cards while Cartersville received one of its own.
Cartersville will return to the field Tuesday on the road at Sonoraville.
Lithia Springs 2, Woodland 1
Woodland dropped a close match to Lithia Springs Wednesday in boys high school soccer, falling 2-1.
The first half was evenly matched with both teams missing scoring opportunities. However, in the last 30 seconds of the first half, a Wildcat defender was called for fouling in the box and the Lions capitalized on the resulting penalty kick to earn a 1-0 lead.
Six minutes into the second half, the Lions scored on a breakaway resulting in a 2-0 lead.
Woodland came on strong in the game’s final five minutes when freshman Edgar Silvano secured a goal off an assist from junior Logan Molinaro. However, it wasn’t enough to overcome the Lions and time ran out.
Overall, Woodland had nine shots on goal and sophomore keeper Kurt Moore recorded 15 saves.