LEAVENWORTH — As the Cashmere girls soccer team closes in on another Caribou Trail League championship, the Bulldogs are looking for ways to improve their game before the start of postseason play.
There’s a good chance that Cashmere got better after its 2-0 win over host Cascade on Tuesday. The Bulldogs might be the league’s pre-eminent program, but the Kodiaks haven’t been far behind in recent years, and they usually give Cashmere all it can handle.
Earlier in the season, Cashmere beat Cascade 2-1 on its home field. Tuesday’s match was almost as close.
“We were a little ragged in the first half,” said Cashmere coach Dennis Tronson. “Cascade came out with a lot of energy, and tried to push the physicality of the play. They played exceptionally well, especially Kendall Loreth, who shut down a lot of our attacks; they dictated a lot of the play in the first half.”
But the Bulldogs (11-0 CTL) finally broke through early in the second half, when Tessa McCormick took a pass from Lauren Johnson and scored from about 10 yards out to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead in the 47th minute.
About three minutes later, McCormick scored again on a nifty pass from Dani Morseman.
“I was pleased with how we played in the second half,” Tronson said. “We learned some things from the way we played in the first half, and we made some adjustments. It was a good preparation match as both teams move into the layoffs.”
Cashmere is two games in front of Cascade (9-2 CTL) with three games left in the regular season, meaning one more Bulldogs win will clinch their eighth straight league title.
Chelan 6, Quincy 3
Daisy Franco had four goals and an assist, and Bridget Wyant had two goals and two assists to lead Chelan (2-8 CTL) to a win over Quincy (2-9 CTL).
Cascade 3, Cashmere 0
Cascade absolutely dominated in its 25-5, 25-7, 25-13 win over visiting Cashmere.
Eliana Ala’ilima-Daley had 18 kills for the Kodiaks (11-0 CTL).
“We tried to play our game and not give away points, and that showed in the first two sets,” said Cascade coach Marni McMahon.
Chelan 3, Quincy 0
Quincy almost surprised Chelan in the second set, but the Goats pulled out a 25-8, 25-22, 25-12 win over visiting Quincy.
“Quincy was digging us well, and we had some unforced errors (in the second set),” said Chelan coach Donene Hendricks. “We weren’t transitioning very well on defense, but we did a much better job of that in the third set.”
Abby Phelps led the Goats (9-1 CTL) with 14 kills, three blocks and six digs.
Brewster 3, Okanogan 0
Marquette Miller had 15 kills to lead Brewster (7-4 CTL) to a 25-9, 25-18, 25-16 win over Okanogan (4-7).