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Lady Champions Win District Championship
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Lady Champion Soccer Team
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Early goals land Cascade 6A title

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Haley Reed (13) of the Viqueens and Bailey Ledbetter (3) of the Lady Champions battle to the ball.
T-G Photo by Rickey Clardy

CHAPEL HILL — The Cascade Lady Champions scored two goals in the first 12 minutes of the game and never took their feet off the pedal as the Lady Champs blanked the Community Viqueens 3-0 in the finals of the District 6-A soccer tournament Saturday night.

The aggressiveness of the Lady Champions was evident early on as the first 15 minutes of the game were spent almost entirely on the Viqueen end of the field.

The proximity of being close to the goal paid off as Cascade’s Megan Floyd scored twice within a two-minute span.

The Cascade Lady Champions pose with their District 6-A championship hardware after defeating the Community Viqueens 3-0 in the district final.
T-G Photo by Rickey Clardy

Floyd scored the first goal after a scramble in front of the net 10 minutes into the game to give Cascade a 1-0 lead.

Floyd produced an encore two minutes later by drilling a shot in the goal from the front of the net to give the Lady Champs a 2-0 advantage.

“It’s been the only way we can seem to get over the hump is if we get started real fast and take off and get them first,” Lady Champion Coach Zack Spears said.

The intensity of the Viqueens increased after that time as Community made it to the Lady Champion end and started to challenge the Cascade goal.

But neither team could tally the rest of the half as Cascade took a 2-0 lead to the break.

In similar fashion to the first half, the Lady Champions scored just two minutes into the second half as Sara McKee found the back of the goal to put Cascade up 3-0.

“We’ve been in a 2-0 situation with Community and we know how good they are and they’re only a second away from bringing it right back,” Spears said. “When you play a team that good, you’ve got to stay on the attack and I was so proud because they came out and were right back on it.”

Community’s closest chance at breaking the ice occurred with 12 minutes to go as Karla Pena drilled a shot on goal, but Cascade keeper Brooke Sudduth made the save and preserved the shutout from the Lady Champion goal.

Cascade’s Haley Cope, Carmen Ray, and McKee all peppered shots in a five-minute span near the end of the game, but Community keeper Jaley Vincent was true to the test to keep the score at 3-0.

Neither team threatened in the last couple of minutes as the Lady Champions closed out the win.

“I think we wore ourselves out the other night putting forth a lot of effort and playing late in the night,” Viqueens Coach Chris Brothers said.

“We started off slow and flat and they played a great game,” Brothers added.

“Out of the three times we’ve played it’s definitely the best I’ve seen them play,” Brothers said.

“Hats off to them. They earned it, but I would have liked to have seen us come out a little sharper.”

The game marked the third meeting of the season between the two schools. Community won a 3-2 decision to open the year while the second contest produced a 2-2 tie.

District 6-A season and tournament awards were presented in ceremonies after the game.

Named to the All-District team were Kailey Snell, Keeley Sutton, Kayden Fletcher, and Sudduth of Cascade along with Gabby Doyle and Falicia Fletcher of Community.

Named to the All-Tournament team were Abi Jones, Bailey Ledbetter, McKee and Floyd of the Lady Champions. Haley Reed, Pena and Doyle were named for the Viqueens.

Both teams take some time off before advancing to the Region 3-A tournament, slated to begin on October 17th. The Lady Champions will host the runner-up from District 5-A, while the Viqueens will go on the road to face the District 5-A champ.

The winners of those two games will meet in the Region 3-A championship.

Community 0 0 — 0

Cascade 2 1 — 3


First Half

Cascade – Megan Floyd goal (30:00).

Cascade – Floyd goal (28:00).

Second Half

Cascade – Sara McKee goal (38:00).

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