Cartersville soccer sweeps Chapel Hill
Cartersville girls soccer coach Chad Murray said his team played its “smartest game” of the year Friday, and it helped the Canes to a potentially massive 3-1 road win over Chapel Hill in Region 5-AAAA play.
Facing a high-scoring team, Cartersville knew defense would be paramount. The backline of Devondria Johnson, Janet Zazueta, Chloe Williams and Emma Baker helped make Friday a fairly easy night in goal for Brittany Lewis, who only had to touch the ball once in the first half.
Cartersville (5-2-1, 2-0) entered halftime with a 1-0 lead, thanks to Micah Vance’s converted penalty kick in the 28th minute. Vance doubled the Canes’ lead in the 49th minute, scoring off a Linet Chege assist.
Chapel Hill, which entered Friday’s game with 14 goals through two region wins, scored in the 68th minute off a corner kick to put some pressure on the visitors.
But Kalyn Donegan had the final word. The Cartersville junior followed up her brace in the region-opening 2-0 win over Sandy Creek with a game-sealing goal late on.
Kendyl Anderson assisted Donegan’s 78th-minute strike to remove all doubt for Cartersville, which heads to Central-Carroll on Monday.
Cartersville boys 5, Chapel Hill 1
Pedro Ghanem struck in each half and a trio of Cartersville boys had one goal apiece, as the Canes eased to a 5-1 road win over Chapel Hill on Friday.
Seventeen minutes into the game, Ghanem put Cartersville ahead; seventeen minutes later, Brady Craig scored to give the Canes a 2-0 cushion at halftime.
Javier Morillon extended Cartersville’s lead in the 48th minute before Ghanem grabbed his second in the 57th.
Chapel Hill (2-5, 0-3) finally got on the board, but Cartersville (4-3, 2-0) closed the scoring with Elian Abeja finding the back of the net in the 73rd minute.
Next up for the Canes will be a road trip Monday to Central-Carrollton.