Patton pounces on East
The challenges don’t come much tougher for the Cavaliers as they lost to the Patton Panthers at home on Thursday 8-0. However, the heart and hustle of Coach Van Dykes squad is evident for anyone who has the chance to catch a game.
The Cavaliers held their own in the opening minutes of the game as their defense caused issues for the Panthers. The ball changed sides of the field frequently as each team tried to find opportunity to press the opposing defense.
The Panthers Ansley Rooks drove deep into Cavaliers territory outrunning her defender and hit a solid strike for the games first goal at the 32-minute mark.
Rooks would score two more times in the next five minutes. The first coming off a pass from teammate Katie LeCroy and the second when Goalie Justine Greene had one slip through arms and roll in giving the Panthers a 3-0 lead.
The Cavaliers settled into the game behind solid defensive efforts from Hannah Wright and Cheyene Deyton.
The Panthers finally broke through again around the five-minute mark when Lindsey Adams hit a short goal off a corner kick. The final goal of the half for the Panthers would come off of a free kick by Kaitlin Berry on what had appeared to be a clean steal by Allysa Smith, extending their lead to 5-0.
The Panthers opened up the second half attacking the Cavalier goal early and often. LeCroy set up Berry for her second goal of the game at the 33-minute mark. LeCroy then fired one hard and high that bounced off the cross bar before being hauled in by Greene.
Berry broke through again at the 15-minute mark with a long strike from 20 yards out pushing the lead to 7-0.
The Panthers final score came on a breakaway goal by Savannah Putnam.
With the majority of the action played in front of the Cavaliers goal and 35 shots on goal the score could have been worse.
“Its hard to pull a lot of positives out of 8-0 but to have a keeper that will work and continue to try and make saves and keep her head up was big for us,” Coach Van Dyke said of Greene. “If we can press high and more often then I think we will be more successful than (allowing) eight.”
The Cavaliers also faced the challenges of being without the services of their team captain who is on a Senior Trip and loss of one of their most physical players, sophomore Sierra Bostic before the half to injury.
“Anna Vasquez has never played center back before so to throw her into the mix and play against a top opponent and play well was big,” Van Dyke said.
The Cavaliers will take the field again Friday at 5 p.m. at home against Cherryville.