Waves roll over Richland

Published 6:00 am Sunday, January 14, 2007

Playing in an early day game after a hard-fought district win the night before, the Cathedral Lady Waves survived a furious first half to take a 5-4 win over the Richland Lady Rangers Saturday.

Six goals were scored in the first half alone, but a Kalin Kirkwood goal in the 56th minute held up.

“The girls did a great job,” Cathedral head coach David Gaudé said. “They played a tough district game last night (a 1-0 win over Loyd Star), and we were a little bit beat up. But they did a great job of hanging in there.”

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The Lady Waves built a 3-1 lead with nine minutes remaining in the first half after goals from Megan Whittington, Kristina Brumfield and Maddie Kirkwood, but that lead quickly evaporated after two goals from Richland’s Julie Boteler within a span of 1:30 to tie the game heading into the break.

Seventh-grader Marty Ellard gave Cathedral the lead back with a goal off an assist from Brumfield 10 minutes into the second half, but Boteler struck again moments later on a rifle shot past Cathedral goalie Abby Brown to tie the game again.

Boteler got one more shot with three minutes remaining in regulation on a breakaway, but Brown made a great save to ice the game.

The non-district win improved the Lady Waves’ record to 5-9 on the season. Their district record currently stands at 2-4, with a home district game against Franklin County and a road trip to North Pike coming up this week.

Cathedral boys 2, Richland 0

John O’Beirne scored two goals — one in the 31st minute and the other in the game’s final minute — as the Green Wave shut out Richland in a game between two evenly-matched teams.

The game featured plenty of back-and-forth action, with the Green Wave controlling the ball for much of the contest and limiting Richland’s scoring opportunities.

“I felt like we did a real good job of keeping the pressure on them,” Cathedral head coach Rick Freeman said. “Even when they got on our side of the field, we did a good job getting it back on our end. We did a good job recovering.”

The win improved the Green Wave’s record to 7-6-1, and they currently stand at 5-1 in district play.

Freeman said he was excited to see his team play hard in a non-district game after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Loyd Star Friday night.

“You better believe it,” he said. “In the past we’ve had problems playing the day after games in coming out flat. They came out today and really played hard.”