Lady Colonels perfect in subregion
by David Royal
Mar 22, 2014 | 1248 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kelsey Wright, a Cass defender all year, finally got a chance to see how the other half lives Friday night.

With the Lady Colonels leading 9-0 and four of the team’s seniors having already scored during the game, Wright was switched to the offensive side of the field and given a chance to sign her name alongside the other scorers.

The senior got hers when Katelynn Harbeke dribbled toward goal past several Lady Bulldogs, then flipped the ball to Wright, who took possession about eight yards out and fired it just to the right of the goalie into net.

Phil Phillips, head coach, was pleased all of the Cass seniors scored on senior night and glad Wright tallied her goal.

“Kelsey has been a solid defender for Cass the last four years and never had a chance to score,” he said. “It brought cheers from the whole team when she scored the final goal.”

The 10-0 victory by the Lady Colonels triggered the mercy rule in soccer, ending the game about 18 minutes early.

It was the first time the Lady Colonels recorded a mercy-rule victory in several years and it helped them move to 3-0 in their subregion.

Their final subregion foe is River Ridge, who the Lady Colonels face Tuesday.

Phillips said the two teams battled for the subregion’s top seed just a year ago and are no strangers to the high pressure situation they are under.

“We wound up in second place last year, but they had some players who are seniors and who graduated,” he noted.

Phillips said he wants a competitive game out of his players.

“We put ourselves into position to play for the subregion No. 1 seed,” he said, “and we’re looking to really compete.”

He noted Cass has recorded five shutouts this year and done particularly well recently.

“Things have come along pretty good the past four or five games,” he said.

He attributed the shutouts to the play of goalie Rachel Jackson and the Cass defense.

“Laken Bennett also has stepped up her game and that has helped us,” he added.

Against Cedartown, Jackson and Esmeraldo Thomas both served as keepers in the shutout.

Against Cedartown, nine players found the net.

Scoring goals were Harbeke, in the 10th minute; Mallary Hedden, in the 18th; Brieanna Heaton, in the 21st minute; Jana Morning, in the 29th and 37th minutes; Stephanie Robledo, 34th minute; Madison Scoggins, in the 46th minute; and Camey Kirkland, in the 50th minute.

Phillips attributed his offensive success to the team’s approach against Cedartown.

“We like to play to the outside and send three or four to the box on a cross,” he said. “We played really an exceptional game offensively.”

He said his team has experienced more success recently and said another part of their success is the fact they are developing some confidence.

“They finally turned the corner in the last four or five games and they are finally beginning to believe in themselves.”

Cass also marked senior night at the game. Seniors Heaton, Hedden, Kirkland, Scoggins and Wright were honored in a ceremony after the victory.