11/14/2012 3:19:00 PM Soccer team falls to Cashmere in State playoffs
Photo by Bill Forhan
Hannah Sanchez, Kendall Loreth, Ivy Spiegel-Ostrom, Malia Salas and Katie Whiten are set to defend a free kick by Cashmere in action last week in the State quarterfinals in Cashmere. The Bulldogs won the game 3-1 to end the Kodiaks’ season.
The Kodiaks girls soccer team finished the 2012 season after beating Naches Valley 2-1 in the first round of State and losing to Cashmere in the quarterfinals 3-1.
For the first round of State the girls traveled to Naches Valley on Nov. 6. In the first half of the match, Naches Valley dominated the ball and scored the first goal.
Cascade Head Coach, Glen Stefanko, said the opposing team had an outstanding forward who was fast and athletic. Freshman Maddy Parton shut down the dominating opposing forward for the entire game, except at one point in the first half when she was able to break away and put in a goal.
The first half ended with the Kodiaks behind 1-0.
"The girls felt confident and knew they could dominate," Stefanko said. "At halftime they were ready to get back in and win."
In the second half, Marina Williams made a free kick from about 30 yards out placing it right in the middle. Hailey Hassinger deflected the ball toward the goalkeeper who pushed it back into play. Kendall Loreth was able to knock it into the goal for the tie 1-1.
The girls continued their strong attacks and Parton continued to shut down Naches Valley's main striker.
"Annika [Enloe] was strong in the goal and the girls were confident," Stefanko said.
The match went into overtime and then into a shootout. Stefanko said the girls had been there, done that, and were able to win 3-2 in the shootout.
This win moved the girls into the quarterfinals against the Cashmere Bulldogs in Cashmere on Nov. 10.
The match opened up with back and forth action as both teams tried to establish their style of play on each other.
In the seventh minute, Cascade broke through Cashmere's defense for the first goal of the game when Malia Salas knocked in the ball. This was the first goal scored on the Bulldogs in 647 minutes of league and tournament play.
"It was one of those games where the first 15 minutes the girls came out really strong. We definitely dominated play," Stefanko said. "You could feel the frustration with the other team."
The first half ended with the Kodiaks in the lead but the Bulldogs came out in the second half and dominated the ball. Stefanko said his team had a breakdown and the opposing team was experienced enough to capitalize on it.
In the 49th minute the Bulldogs scored to tie the match. The opposing team continued to put pressure on the ball and score again in the 59th minute.
"They continued to load up the side we were having troubles with and took the game," Stefanko said.
The final goal came from the Bulldogs in the 70th minute to finish the game 3-1.
"If the girls had continued to play the way they did against Naches Valley they would most likely be able to move on this week. Consistency is something we will need to work on next year," Stefanko said.
The girls finish the 2012 season with a 15-3 record.
"We want to wish Tronson [Cashmere Head Coach] and his team all the best," Stefanko said. "We will be working on consistency next year and when we get that down with a little bit of finishing out, putting the goal in the net, we will be a force to be reckoned with."
Kacie Thrift may be reached at 782-3781 or email@example.com.