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11/14/2012 4:15:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
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Tianna Helm takes a penalty kick in the second half of the quarterfinals game to score a goal. Lupita Tejeda (7) battles the Cascade defenders during Helm’s kick. This was Helm’s 20th goal of the 2012 season. With a 3-1 win against the Kodiaks, the Bulldogs will play this Friday at Shoreline Stadium in the State semifinals.
Soccer teams beat Cascade, advances to State semifinals
Kacie Thrift
Staff Writer

The Cashmere girls soccer team won their first two State games against Connell and Cascade to make it to the semifinals.

The girls opened up the State Tournament at home on Nov. 6 against the Connell Eagles. During this match the Bulldogs were able to control the play with 14 shots on goal to three shots for the Eagles.

Even though the girls had dominanted play, keeping the ball close to the opposing goal, they were unable to score until the 59th minute of the match. Tianna Helm took a Jesica Bauer drop pass and drove in a shot from 20 yards out to make the only goal of the game.

Zelia Zahir controlled the net notching three saves, said Cashmere Head Coach, Dennis Tronson. This is Zahir's 12th shutout of the season.

"Like any State tournament match things were tight at the start with both teams feeling out each others play," Tronson said.

The girls were able to take five shots to Connell's two in the first half leaving the scoreboard empty. Tronson said after a few halftime adjustments the girls were able to control the attack while Karly Thies and company controlled the defense.

"I was very pleased with our overall effort, especially the play of reverse defender Quinn Kenoyer who was able to control their top attacker 50 minutes after coming off for an injury," Tronson said. "This is a very tough match, give it is one and your done."

The girls followed up their week with the State Quarterfinals against Caribou Trail League competitor Cascade.

This match opened up with back and forth action as both teams tried to establish their style of play on each other. The Cascade Kodiaks broke though with a goal in the 7th minute as a player was able to get behind the Bulldogs defense.

This was the first goal the girls had given up in 647 minutes of league and tournament play. Tronson said after the shock of being behind the Bulldogs were able to settle in and continue to play.

In the 34th minute Bauer was behind the Cascade defense and went one on one with the Kodiak goalkeeper who denied the goal with a diving save. The half ended with Cascade in the lead 1-0.

After halftime the Bulldogs were able to refocus and took control of the match. The girls continued the pressure with their attacking front and outstanding defense to cut down any attacks by the Kodiaks.

In the 49th minute the Bulldogs were on the scoreboard to tie the match when Lauren Johnson took a Tasha Kowatsch pass and drove in a shot from 16 yards out.

"I have to praise our defense who, after a rough start, locked down the attacks of the Kodiak's to allow our attack to go to goal and put balls in the back of the net. Lauren Johnson's shots for goal reflect why she is one of the top players in 1A soccer in the state," Tronson said.

In the 59th minute, Bauer took on two defenders and was taken down by both three yards inside the box and given a penalty kick. On the penalty kick Helm shot in a goal for her 20th goal of the season.

In the 70th minute, Johnson struck again on a pass from Lupita Tejeda. The girls won 3-1. For the match, the Bulldogs outshot the Kodiaks 13-6 and Zahir had five saves.

"It is always tough to play a team three times during a season. When it is a rival and you have split the earlier matches things get even more tense. Add to this a loser out State Tournament match and a trip to the Final Four and the pressure is huge," Tronson said. "I felt we handled the situation in an outstanding way."

Tronson said the girls never seemed worried about their ability to comeback and score to tie the match up. He said the five returning starters from last season State second place finishing team showed great leadership on the field to understand the adjustments that needed to be made during the run of play.

The Bulldogs current record is 15-3. The girls head to Shoreline Stadium in Lynwood this week to finish out the state tournament. Their first game is at 4 p.m. this Friday against the Seattle Christian Warriors. A win on Friday will move the Bulldogs to the Championship match at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Kacie Thrift may be reached at 782-3781 or

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