|10/24/2012 3:27:00 PM|
Cascade plays brilliant defensive game, but loses to Bulldogs 1-0
|Photo by Kacie Thrift|
Cascade junior defender Grace Whitten (in white) makes a play on the ball near the Cashmere goal, in a game Oct. 16 in Leavenworth. The Kodiaks lost a hard fought game to the Bulldogs 1-0.
The Cascade Kodiaks played another fantastic game against Cashmere on Oct. 16 in Leavenworth. Just a week earlier, the Kodiaks had stunned the Bulldogs with a 3-2 shutout win in Cashmere. Now, the Bulldogs were playing to preserve their string of league championships. It took but one goal to provide difference as Cashmere walked away with a 1-0 win.
Some of the Cascade girls were sitting out the match due to injury or illness, but still, Cascade Head Coach Glen Stefanko said his lineup appeared ready. Cashmere came out strong, developing some early attacks on goal.
"Fortunately, our keeper Annika Enloe was able to keep the ball out of the net. It was not until about 10 minutes in before we were able to start developing our own counter attacks," Stefanko said. "The wet conditions played a big part in the attacks of both teams as the ball continually slipped past the attackers on the crosses, at times just yards away from the goal."
Neither team could manage a goal in the first half. Cascade dominated play in the second half with solid possessions, great first touches and excellent passing despite wet conditions, he said.
"Developing attacks and breaking through their defensive line was not a problem, yet we were unsuccessful at finishing the play with our shots on goal falling short," he said. "Cashmere, as to be expected, turned it on in the last 15 minutes of game, finding a way through our defense along the outside of the field."
Cashmere was able score on a cross that was deflected in the goal box, just past Enloe. Cascade was unable to develop any attacks on goal in the final minutes.
"The girls played well. Annika had another fabulous game as she really stepped it up this year. This game exposed a few issues that we will be working on the remainder of the season, and just as all good games should do, has made us a stronger team," he said.
In the game, Cascade had 12 shots on goal, and Enloe had 17 saves.
Cascade beat Tonasket 2-0 last Saturday in Leavenworth, avenging a 2-1 loss to the Tigers on Sept. 22 in Tonasket. With the win, Cascade improved to 9-2 in league play and 10-3 overall. The Kodiaks finish off the regular season this week with three home games, against Quincy (4-8) on Oct. 23, Chelan (1-10) on Thursday and Omak (3-9) on Saturday.
Ian Dunn can be reached at 548-5286 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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