For the Cascade girl’s soccer team, the magical 2012 season came to an end Saturday, as they fell 2-0 in the sectional final to host Park Tudor.
“We watched Park Tudor play Ritter the other night and we saw that they were a very defensive team,” Cascade coach Sean Adams said. “They focused on containment. We knew that it was going to be really tough to score, but at the same time, we got up on them pretty tightly – almost to a man-to-man standpoint. We were hoping to get to (penalty kicks) at the end.”
Park Tudor scored on a penalty kick following handball with about 10 minutes remaining in the first half. They added another score on a header from a corner kick in the second half to achieve the final margin.
However, Adams was pleased with how his team was able to control much of the time of possession in the second half.
“We only had about five or six shots,” he said. “Park Tudor is a very well-coached team and they are a very organized and defensive-minded team.”
In the opening game of the sectional, Cascade defeated Greenwood Christian. Adams said that they were not as pleased with the effort in that battle as the Cadets were in the following game against Speedway.
“The possible game of the season for us was against Speedway,” Adams said. “We went down two goals to none in the first half. It was pouring down rain and the girls were freezing, but we came out with so much desire and owned that second half and pushed it into overtime.”
In the overtime session, Cascade scored in both the first seven minute half and second half of overtime.
“The girls showed a lot of character and effort in coming back to get that victory over Speedway,” Adams said.