Cascade cruises past Lady Bulldogs

Friday, September 28, 2012
Cornersville's Makayla Campbell dribbles past Cascade's Sarah Edmondson in the first half. Photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (2-7-1, 1-5 District) soccer team ran into a buzz saw on Monday afternoon, as they suffered a 10-1 road loss to a veteran Cascade Lady Champion squad that boasts 10 seniors on their roster.

After Cascade jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on goals by Julie Jones and Karly Grissom, the Lady Bulldogs trimmed the deficit to 2-1 in the 12th minute when junior striker Amala Elder out ran a Lady Champion defender to a long downfield pass by Kaleigh Welch and laced a 15-yard shot into the right hand corner of the net.

Grissom, though, swung the momentum back in the Lady Champions favor by scoring a pair of goals midway through the first half to give Cascade a 4-1 lead at the break.

Cornersville's Kaleigh Welch tries to cut off Cascade's Hannah Pimentel in the first half.

The Lady Champions (5-4, 4-1 District) then poured it on in the second half and outscored Cornersville 6-0 over the final 40 minutes en route to claiming the lopsided victory.

"When you have girls that have played a long time together like Cascade has, it's hard to match up with them because a lot of our girls have only played one or two years," said Lady Bulldog coach Lindsey Browning. "I am glad that the girls didn't put their heads down and kept a good attitude. I just have to remember how we looked last year instead of focusing on the final score because we have shown some improvement."

Although Cornersville was able to put pressure on Cascade's net for the first 20 minutes of the game, the Lady Champions controlled the action from that point on and outshot the Lady Bulldogs 24-12 overall.

Grissom spearheaded Cascade's offensive onslaught by scoring four goals in the contest, while Haley Edmondson found the back of the net twice. Jones, Tori Slater, Abby Jett, and Courtnie Carter each tallied one goal for the Lady Champions as well with Jones and Slater each dishing out one assist.

Thanks to her effort on Monday, Elder has now scored 10 goals this season for Cornersville. Freshman midfielder Anna Claire Foster attempted a team high four shots for the Lady Bulldogs, while Elder and fellow striker Makayla Campbell each took three shots. Welch also fired two shots to go along with one assist.

In net, Cornersville goaltender Ivory Riner recorded 12 saves, while Cascade goalie Kaley Clanton had 10 saves.

The Lady Bulldogs return to action next Tuesday when they take on archrival Marshall County at Cornersville High School.