|5/1/2013 1:56:00 PM|
Cascade soccer team still in hunt for District playoff berth
Despite a 5-7 league record, the Cascade Kodiaks are still in the running for a playoff berth. But they must win both their games this week against Cashmere and Okanogan. Cascade played Cashmere (1-11) on April 30. Results were not available before press time. The Kodiaks play Okanogan (6-6) on Thursday in Leavenworth.
Photo by Ian Dunn
Eduardo Barrigan of Cascade splits defenders in recent game against Tonasket. The Kodiaks must win both games this week to qualify for the playoffs.
"If we beat Cashmere, then we have to beat Okanogan at home. If we win that game, it puts us into Districts," said Pete Spiegel, Cascade head coach. "It we win, lose or tie, Okanogan is in. We are the number five team. Okanogan is four. We're just two points behind them. A win would give us three points."
The top four teams advance to Districts. Chelan (11-0), Quincy (10-2) and Brewster (10-1) are the top three teams.
On April 24, Cascade lost 2-0 at Quincy. The first goal came on a questionable penalty kick just five minutes into the game. The Jacks scored again at the 13 minute mark.
"That put us in a hole. We played them a lot better. We were down 2-0 in the first half, but we really controlled the ball and the field," he said. "We were playing short passes, with people coming back to the ball. We were down, but not discouraged."
The big problem was Cascade could not score, an issue all year long. Feeling a little desperate in the second half, the Kodiaks started hitting long balls, which Spiegel said is not a recipe for success.
"We went away from what was working for us. We kept the score at 2-0, but did not get enough scoring opportunities," he said.
Cascade vented all their scoring frustrations in a 13-1 win over Omak last Saturday in Leavenworth. Nearly everyone scored. Mani Avila, Jose Sanchez and Esteban Gonzalez each had two goals. Also scoring were Omar Solis, Fabian Alvarez, Alan Rivas, Eduardo Barrigan, David Oropeza, German Pachecho and Elijah Nash.
"It was about time we found the back of the net. We just continued to find the back of the net," he said. "Nice to get over the scoring drought. Part of it was Omak is a pretty weak team. They got demoralized after a few goals."
Ian Dunn can be reached at 548-5286 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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