CASHMERE — It was business as usual for the Cashmere girls soccer team on Tuesday against the Chelan Goats.
The Bulldogs — who are now 13-0 in Caribou Trail League play — have won each of their games by an average of 7.23 goals and it was no different as they drubbed Chelan 10-0 on Senior Night.
“It was a little hectic at the beginning, it was the last home game of the regular season and Chelan was playing very organized. They cut off some of our passes and then we were able to relax, and we scored the first gaol, which took some pressure off of us,” Bulldogs head coach Dennis Tronson said. “We got in some good looks and then we got in one of those rhythms that was find the person, score the goal. Find the person, score the goal.”
Cashmere scored five goals between the 18th and 30th minute.
“It looked like a feeding frenzy, we knew where we needed to find the person who could score the goal,” Tronson said. “That was exciting to see. We scored four goals on seven shots and it was a question of they played good defense but we broke them down and found the open player.”
Tessa McCormick scored a hat trick — her second in as many games while also contributing two assists, Tianna Helm found the back of the net three times as well adding a helper. Lauren Johnson netted three shots and had a trio of assists.
Tronson said he is very happy with where his team is at this point of the season.
“We’re getting healthy and some starters will be back by this Saturday,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of younger players in tonight, our reserves got a lot of minutes.”
The Bulldogs travel north to Tonasket for their last CTL match of the season on Saturday. After that, they will wait to figure out who their opponent will be that they will play Tuesday at home.
Wenatchee 2, Davis 1
The Pirates struck first in the 31st minute, but Katie Michkiosky netted a pair of unassisted goals in the 34th and 39th minutes and the Panthers defense played shut-down defense in the second half to seal another Big Nine win.
The Panthers out-shot the Bucs 22-7 while the game played a little bit closer than comfort.
“The final result was closer than what we would’ve liked but I felt like we controlled the majority of the game,” Wenatchee head coach John Springer said. “It was really important for the team to win that game for the seniors — they’ve been instrumental in turning the program around and the successes the program has had this year.”
Wenatchee is locked into second place in the Big Nine and will have to wait to figure out who their opponent will be in the District Playoffs on Tuesday.
“Fortunately it’ll be a home game,” Springer said. “We’ll have to keep our focus, we’ll have to keep up our attack and finish the opportunities that we get. We’ll certainly continue to rely on our defense.”
Eastmont 3, Sunnyside 1
The Wildcats were led by freshman Kalea Bokma, who netted two goals in the first half.
Senior Rebecca Tarbert added another in the 76th minute. The win was something head coach Erin Kavanaugh said was crucial at this point of the season.
“We were happy to have that. Losing to Davis was a bit of a momentum buster so we wanted to come out tonight and get some of our confidence back,” she said. “Going into the final league game and the first game of districts we need our confidence to be as high as we can get.”
Eastmont and Davis are tied for third. The Pirates play first-place Moses Lake on Thursday and the Wildcats will have to take care of Eisenhower.
“Hopefully we can show up and play really hard again for the entire game,” Kavanaugh said. “We’ll need to do that Thursday. We can’t let up at all. We need to keep working hard, and if we show up to win, we’ll do fine.”
Chelan 3, Cashmere 0
The Goats handled the Bulldogs in straight sets 25-9, 25-10, 25-13.
Abby Phelps led the team with 22 kills. She was also seven-for-seven from the service line and had three aces. Jenny Sundberg added seven kills and two blocks, while Karle Pittsinger had seven kills, two blocks and went 10-for-12 serving.
“We had a really nice, balanced attack,” Chelan head coach Donene Hendricks said. “We gave up a little more serves than I wanted to but we served aggressively. Our serving kept us on the offensive for most of the night. We had nice distribution of the ball tonight, Johanna did a nice job.”
The Goats will have the second of their marquee matches against Cascade on Thursday.
“We’re excited,” Hendricks said. “We’ve been working really hard and have had a great attitude after that loss and we’ve been working on things we need to do to get better. It will be a great night of volleyball. Both teams push each other really hard.”
Cascade 3, Quincy 0
The Kodiaks beat the Jacks 25-15, 25-14, 25-9 in their tune up game before playing Chelan.
Sydney Coffin had eight kills and five aces, Johnna Rieke had 34 assists. Kaycee O’Brien contributed 12 digs.
“It was our Senior Night and we knew it can get emotional,” Cascade head coach Marni McMahon said. “I was a little worried about the girls being focused, we knew if we won this we would be guaranteed a league banner. It was a big win for us, we just needed to stay focused and the girls did a good job. Tonight was just about representing our seniors. Thursday will determine if we get (the league championship) outright.”
Sunnyside 3, Eastmont 1
The Wildcats wrapped up their schedule with a loss to the Grizzlies 25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 25-17.
Kylie Johnson had 11 kills and Jessica Hernandez added three aces.
“Our key going into the game was communication and to put up a solid attack every chance we could,” Eastmont head coach Molly Nelson said. “When they kept returning every attack that we had, our communication slowed and ended up ending our season that way. I’m extremely proud of my girls. They battled to the end again. We just never got to the point where we celebrated enough and kept the momentum on our own side long enough to get a win.”
If the Cats had won, they would’ve had a shot at sneaking into the District Playoff as the four-seed.
“We would’ve loved to have played Davis in the tiebreaker and then see Ike again,” Nelson said. “We have believed all season that every team is beatable. We would’ve loved to have continued.”
Wenatchee 3, Davis 0
The Panthers took care of the Pirates, even if the match was a little closer than some would expect as the games played out 25-18, 30-28, 25-11.
Rachel Leiber led the team in aces (4) and kills (14). Kiana Black added 11 kills, Morgan Funk had 18 assists and Abby McKay had 18 digs.
“We didn’t come out on fire very well,” Wenatchee head coach LeAnne Branam said. “It took us a while to get going. I think we were complacent and thought we would beat them easier than we did. But luckily we came out and game three and played well enough to finish them off.”
Wenatchee plays Moses Lake at home in the first round of districts next.
“You can’t go in and underestimate anybody,” Branam said. “First time we beat (the Chiefs) in four, second time we played them in five and it’s really hard to beat a team for the third time in the same year.”