|5/8/2013 12:28:00 PM|
Kodiak soccer season comes to a disappointing end
The season began with such promise. Most of the starters back from a team that won the league and district titles. This team was headed for State again, many believed. And after a 4-0 start, it seemed the Kodiaks were well on their way.
|Photo by Sebastian Moraga|
Cascade sophomore forward Fernando Gonzalez dribbles past a Cashmere defender in action last week in Cashmere. The Kodiaks beat the Bulldogs 4-0.
But Cascade lost the next seven games, managing only one goal along the way. But still the team stood a chance of slipping in the playoffs if they could beat Cashmere and Okanogan last week.
Cascade beat Cashmere 4-0 on April 30, behind goals from Mani Avila (2), Ethan Nash and Fabian Alvarez. The Bulldogs were the league doormat this year, going 1-15.
"It's a rivalry game, playing Cashmere. I don't need to say anything to the players," said Pete Spiegel, Cascade head coach. "We had to win to be eligible for the playoffs. We probably played our most thorough game of the year. We probably should have won by more."
That set up the all important, win-or-go-home game against Okanogan last Thursday. Cascade scored a goal in the first half and led 1-0 at halftime. The visiting Bulldogs tied the game up in the second half, and the game ended tied 1-1 in regulation .
A tie did not help the Kodiaks, points wise. They needed to beat Okanogan, so Spiegel pushed the action forward, looking for that golden goal. Instead, Cascade was slapped with a penalty when the ball was passed to the goalie, and picked up, which is against the rules.
Okanogan connected on the indirect free kick to win the game. Season over.
"That's pretty devastating. Terrible way to finish the season," he said. "We were all really disappointed. Our goal was to go to State and be in the top four. Not getting to State is really disappointing."
There were some positive spots for players, he said. The coached singled out senior Memo Sanchez for greatly improving his game this season.
"We had a lot of injuries. We did not have the depth, which really hurt. When we did have a full squad, we just weren't able to work together," he said. "We were a better team than it showed."
One big positive for Spiegel was that everyone on the team did better in school.
"No academic troubles this year. That's nothing to sneeze at," he said.
Cascade finished the year 6-8 in league play, fifth place, and 7-9 overall.
Ian Dunn can be reached at 548-5286 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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