Pass Christian beats CHS

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Cathedral’s Kaylee Sanders was under attack during most of Tuesday evening’s playoff game against Pass Christian. Sanders makes the save against Pass Christian’s Alyssa Viator during the second half Tuesday. (Ben Hillyer \ The Natchez Democrat)

NATCHEZ — Pass Christian High School’s Devin McGee was like a ninja on the soccer field Tuesday evening at Cathedral High School.

Before anyone knew what happened, McGee had tallied a hat trick, or three goals, as Pass Christian shut out the Lady Green Wave 7-0 in the first round of the playoffs.

The loss ended Cathedral’s strong season, in which the Lady Green Wave went 11-5 overall, 5-2 in district play, and secured Cathedral’s first district title in girls soccer.

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Pass Christian led 6-0 at intermission, and Cathedral didn’t even take a shot on goal until the second half. Lady Green Wave head coach Kate Ellard said the team’s second-half play was what they needed, but it came a half too late.

“The second half, we played awesome defense, and we only let one goal get by,” Ellard said. “If we could’ve come out playing like that, then the first half, I think we would’ve done a lot better.”

McGee spent most of the first half on the attack, and just five minutes into the game, she had her first goal on a breakaway. Less than a minute later, McGee scored her second goal after Cathedral kicked the ball back on the ensuing kick-off, only to see McGee come up and kick it past Cathedral defenders, giving her another breakaway goal.

With 23:15 to go in the first quarter, Halle Nardyz had an assist to set up a goal by Pass Christian’s Emma Holland, giving the Lady Pirates a 3-0 lead.

Midway through the half, Cathedral’s starting keeper Kaylee Sanders came out of the game after getting kneed in the head on a scoring attempt by the Lady Pirates. This forced Ellard to put Payton Monticello in the goal, even though she had never played keeper before.

“Not a good situation (for Monticello),” Ellard said.

And the Lady Pirates took advantage, scoring on a corner kick by Ashlyn Fletcher that went through Monticello’s hands with 13:36 remaining.

Three minutes later, Holland scored Pass Christian’s final goal of the period. Sanders would return in the second half, and Ellard said she felt OK after resting during halftime.

“She was kind of dizzy she said when she came out, but I think she’s going to be fine,” Ellard said. “I think it’s just a knot on the head.”

Shannon Swilley scored the Lady Pirates’ final goal with 10:12 remaining in the game.

Pass Christian spent most of the game on Cathedral’s side of the field, and ended the game taking 26 shots on goal. Cathedral managed just three shots on goal, all in the second half.

Ellard said the Lady Pirates’ experience gave them a huge edge in the opening playoff game.

“They are a fast-paced team, and they also play year round,” Ellard said. “They anticipate the ball well. They know soccer.”