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10/10/2012 2:33:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Photo by Ian Dunn
Midfielder Tianna Helm uses some fine footwork to get ahead of a Cascade defender in the match last Saturday. The match went into double over time. Cascade won 3-2 in a shootout.
Photo by Ian Dunn
Dani Morrison dribbles around a Cascade player during the match last Saturday. Cashmere lost 3-2 in a shootout after double over time. The girls are now 6-2 in league.
Soccer team continues title chase despite league losses
Kacie Thrift
Staff Writer

The Cashmere girls soccer team finished last week with two wins and one loss to keep them in the fight for the league title.

The girls traveled to Tonasket for their only away game last week and came home with a 5-0 victory.

Cashmere Head Coach Dennis Tronson said despite the girls controlling the match the Bulldogs didn't hit the score sheet until the 32nd minute when Dani Morseman took a pass from Tianna Helm and drove in the first goal of the game.

The second goal from the Bulldogs came in the 39th minute when Lauren Johnson scored directly off a corner kick.

The Bulldogs midfielders continued to stop Tonasket from getting close to the Cashmere goal. In the 41st minute, Tessa McCormick passed the ball to Johnson who drove the ball into the back of the net for the third goal.

"The pressure on the Tigers continued in the 47th minute as Dani Morseman and Tianna Helm would again hookup for the Dogs fourth goal of the match," Tronson said.

Helm closed out the scoring of the match in the 51st minute with a goal after a pass from Johnson. The Bulldogs defense was on top of their game as they stopped Tonasket from shooting. Tronson said the Bulldogs outshot the Tigers 20-1. Goal keeper Zelia Zahir blocked the one shot from the Tigers.

The girls hosted their first home game on Oct. 4 against the new Caribou Trail League addition Brewster.

The Brewster Bears were no match against the Bulldogs. The girls offense was unstoppable scoring four girls in the first half. Tronson said the team adjusted their attack and drove seven more balls into the back of the net for the final outcome.

Helm, Johnson, and Jessica Bauer scored three goals each during the match against the Bears. Morseman and McCormick made the other two goals.

"The match was one of contrasting styles, Cashmere always on the attack and Brewster on defense. Brewster in their style was able to draw Cashmere offside 13 times during the first half. With adjustments at half time the Bulldogs reduced the number of offsides to one and were able to put in seven goals," Tronson said.

Once again the Bulldogs out shot their opponents, 20-1.

For the third game of the week the girls hosted their rival Cascade. The Bulldogs fell behind early in the first half as Cascade found a player open 35-yards from the goal who sent a long, high shot into the goal to open up the scoring. That was Cascade's only shot of the first half.

The Bulldogs battled back with continued pressure on the Cascade goal for the rest of the half. In the 36th minute Bauer was able to get ahead of her defender to the corner of the goal box and send a cross for Helm to knock the ball into the net to tie up the score 1-1.

The second half was scoreless until the 56th minute when Cascade took a low shot from 25-yards out making the score 2-1 Cascade. The Bulldogs stayed in the match and tied up the score again in the 69th minute when Lupita Tejeda took a Morseman cross and scored from 6-yards out.

Tronson said the girls continued to put pressure on the Kodiaks throughout the rest of the match and into two five-minute overtimes. With the score tied at 2-2 the match was decided by penalty kicks. The Bulldogs missed wide on their first kick but goalkeeper Zahir kept the Bulldogs in the match by stopping a shot. However, Zahir was called for being off her line.

Cascade was given a re-kick, which they made, but Zahir stopped the second shot. The Cascade goalkeeper stopped both the Cashmere shots finishing the game 3-2 Cascade.

Even though the Bulldogs outshot the Kodiaks 14-5 they were unable to get the win.

"This was a very physical match with great play by both teams. I do feel that we controlled the tempo of the match. We still need to find that final pass to complete our attacks. This will come on the training field as we move into the rest of the season. We are looking forward to our return match with the Kodiaks on the 16th in Leavenworth," Tronson said.

The girls are now 6-2 in CTL play and 6-3 overall. The girls played against Quincy on Oct. 9 but results were unavailable at press time. The next game will be at home against Okanogan this Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

"Despite the loss the Bulldogs are still in control of their own fate in the CTL with six matches to play. For me this team is going in the right direction and we continue to build on the experience that we are facing each week," Tronson said.

Kacie Thrift may be reached at 782-3781 or reporter@cashmerevalleyrecord.com.



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