Lady Cavs trounced by Freedom
It was a tale of two halves on Tuesday for the Cavaliers as they fell 7-0 to visiting Freedom. The Cavaliers (0-6) put together a strong showing in the first period but found themselves over-matched in the second.
“We’ve had a rough stretch,” Coach Neil VanDyke said after the loss noting the fact that his team was without seven major contributors. “So not so bad when you look at the big picture.”
The Patriots (2-3) were the more aggressive team early as they controlled the ball deep in East territory for most of the first half.
For the better part of the period the East defense led by Isabel Ireta and Ana Vasquez proved up to the challenge turning away multiple threats.
The scoreless affair was finally broken by the Patriots Angie Sandoval at the 19-minute mark when she took a pass from teammate Peyton Clark and squeezed it past the East goalie.
East finally flipped the field at the 15-minute mark with the help of Maggie Hopper. Hannah Wright then took the first and only shot on goal for East sailing it just high of the net.
Carrie Stephens scored the Patriots second goal of the first half as she controlled the ball on an out of bounds kick in front of the net and fired a shot into the right corner. The Patriots would take the 2-0 lead into halftime.
East challenged the Patriots defense early in the second half with aggressive play by Kandice Shade and Erica Saubert setting up their second shot on goal of the contest that was corralled by Patriot goalie Quay Mills.
The speed of the Patriots bothered East for most of the second half as the forwards were able to slip by their defenders for open shots. Joella Knopf was the first Patriot to find the goal in the second half extending the lead to 3-0.
“The speed really bothered in the second half,” VanDyke said, “We didn’t do a good job cutting their angles off.”
A sliding kick by Logan Dunston scored just inside the right corner. Devan Brittain followed up with a soft floater just over the head of goalkeeper Kalsey Hyder to give the Patriots a 5-0 lead.
Hyder misplayed a save attempt giving Kayla Wilson a shot at an empty net to push the lead to 6-0 for the Patriots. Peyton Clark closed out the scoring with a strike to the left corner giving the Patriots the 7-0 victory.
“It was (really) a tale of two different personnel,” VanDyke said. “(We) had a center back leave at halftime for another obligation... we didn’t do a good job adjusting (after changing personnel) and having good communication in the second half. We dropped the ball and they made us pay for it.”
The Cavaliers will be in action next on Thursday 5:30 p.m. as they travel to Shelby to take on the Golden Lions.