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Cartersville boys make playoffs, round two
by Ericka BIrdsong
May 08, 2013 10:26 AM | 2308 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cartersville’s center defense Alec D’Urbano.
Cartersville’s center defense Alec D’Urbano.
Cartersville boys’ soccer team defeated East Jackson 7-0 in the first round of the Georgia High School Association Class AAA Soccer Tournament on last week and were to travel to Chamblee to face St. Pius this week in the second round.

Head coach DJ Paradis said he felts his team played well on both offense and defense, getting a good effort from everyone against East Jackson.

“Our defense did well cutting off their attacks. Our offense kept putting pressure on them. We had three goals in the first half and four goals in the second, all by six different players,” Paradis said.

According to Paradis, he and the team “felt very good” about making it to the playoffs this season, especially the seniors.

“We haven’t hosted in about seven years so that meant a lot, especially to the seniors to be able to play in front of their home crowd,” said Paradis.

While the games seemed one-sided, Paradis said, “East Jackson was a very good opponent, we just found their weakness and took advantage of it as it was our strength.”

That weakness, Paradis noted, was playing out wide and in the air.

The team’s top scorers this season, Matthew Bryson and Ross Pasley, scored goals in this game — Bryson with one, Pasley with two.

“With these two we’ve been able to put up a very impressive amount of goals this season,” said Paradis.

With the game against St. Pius drawing closer last week, Paradis said this game is sure to be closer than the game against East Jackson.

“It’s sure to be a very close game, not very high scoring,” he said.

In order for the ‘Canes to win, Paradis said his team will have to limit its mistakes. Paradis also said whichever team wins this game “will be a strong contender for the final four, if not the finals.”

“It’s going to be down to the technical style of play by each team,” said Paradis.

Despite playing round two at St. Pius, Paradis said his team is tough on the road and will bring some of its own fans to the game as well, making location a non-factor.

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