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Lady Colonels ready for postseason
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
April 10, 2013 11:43 AM | 845 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cass's Mallary Hedden dribbles the ball downfield during a recent scrimmage.
Cass's Mallary Hedden dribbles the ball downfield during a recent scrimmage.
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Prior to spring break last week, the girls’ soccer team at Cass had two straight shutout victories and looked forward to one more regular season game before the region tournament.

The Lady Colonels defeated LaFayette 2-0 March 21 and took down Gilmer County in a region match 4-0 on March 28.

Although Cass beat LaFayette, head coach Phil Phillips said his girls started the game “a little flat.” The game against Gilmer was much better, he said.

“We were a little slow coming out the gate in the first half and then managed to put it all together in the second half…The Gilmer County game was a good overall team win for us,” said Phillips.

According to Phillips, the efforts from the defense and goalie Rachel Jackson kept Lafayette from scoring. Against Gilmer, Phillips said all three areas of play were executed well and noted the first goal by Camey Kirkland and a hat trick by Mallary Hedden.

The team’s record stood at 4-6 overall but 3-1 in the region last week. The last scheduled game for the team this season is against undefeated Heritage on April 12. After having a week off for spring break, the Lady Colonels have not played a game in two weeks. However, Phillips seems to think the break should do them some good.

“I feel these back-to-back wins and shutouts gave our girls some confidence going into our next game. The girls should be refreshed and healthy after being out on spring break,” Phillips said.

Heritage is currently 11-0 overall and Phillips said “they are a good solid fundamental team,” but he feels he has a “pretty good team” as well.

“We’ve played some pretty tough competition this season and we have been in every game. Our team will be up for the challenge and we’ll look forward to competing against them,” said Phillips.

Since the start of the season, Phillips has moved some players around in different positions and has gotten the midfield “more involved in the attack.” The team has seen some success from it, he said.

“If you look at our schedule from the first five games we were not scoring goals. Since we made the changes we have scored 14 goals in the last five games, and it seems to be working,” Phillips said.
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