Lady Cavs secure first win of 2013

Apr. 10, 2013 @ 06:05 AM

Spring weather finally broke through on Tuesday afternoon bringing out a nice size crowd to watch the Lady Cavaliers secure their first victory of the season defeating cross-town rival Chase 1-0.

Chase took control of the tempo early as they pressed the East defense in the opening few minutes of play. The Cavaliers midfield defense flipped the field at the 36-minute mark and Kandice Shade streaked towards the Chase net.

This is when the Cavaliers caught their first break of the game, if not the season. The Chase goalie misplaced what appeared to be an easy save and the ball rolled slowly into the net giving the Cavaliers their first goal of the game.

“You credit that to pressure up top.” East head coach Neil Van Dyke said about the goal. “Our pressure caused them to make that mistake.”

Chase wasted little time before mounting a strong offensive attack of their own. Led by Christina Jimenez, Chase fired off two quick shots but a solid defensive effort from the Cavaliers back line and aggressive goal play by Justine Green turned them away empty.

The Cavaliers showed renewed energy on offense pushing the ball deep into Chase territory several times. However, goalkeeper Harley Cline clamped down the net for Chase and keep them trailing by only one at half.

Chase opened the second half with a flurry of opportunities and shots against what appeared to be a winded Cavalier squad. Greene continued to display her hustle and great hands by stopping multiple shots early in the period to protect the lead.

The game then settled into a defensive battle around midfield for the majority of the second half with neither team able to sustain pressure for long.

“We had several players play very big. Hannah Wright, Lilly Bradley and Shay Dewberry did a good job at playing their positions in the middle of the field.” Van Dyke noted.

Trailing by a goal with less than five minutes remaining Chase found itself with the best opportunity of the afternoon when they were able to clear the ball deep for Kendra Holcombe giving her a chance to tie the game. Poor communication between the Cavaliers sweeper and goalie appeared to allow the ball to slip into the net for the tying goal.

However, in a season that has seen more things go wrong than right for the Cavaliers, a late whistle by the referee waved off the goal and preserved the 1-0 victory for Van Dyke and the Lady Cavs.

“It had to be a push, it had to be on the sweeper," Van Dyke said about the call. "The referee and linesman were in a far better position to make that call because I couldn't see it.”

The Cavaliers will be in action against the Lady Hilltoppers Thursday at home while Chase travels to Burns. Both matches are set for 5:30 p.m.