Cougars defeat boys in soccer

Cascade 6, Sweet Home 1

Cascade defeated the Huskies 6-1 on the road in boys soccer Thursday.

“It was not pretty,” said Coach Ryan Regrutto. “We were down 3-0 within the first 15 minutes. It seemed like everything that could go wrong went wrong.”

It seemed like a player would kick the ball, and it would bounce off a Cascade player into the goal, he said.

Cascade built a 5-0 lead by halftime, he said. In the second half, the boys stepped up their game, working harder and more diligently, winning the ball with more conviction and hold more possessions. The Huskies had good movement in midfield play and were more attack-minded in the second half.

Tony Ramirez scored the only goal about 10 minutes into the second half, Regrutto said. Eric Garcia passed the ball up to Ramirez who took it at about 30 yards out. He dribbled to the goal and noticed the goalkeeper was off his line a little. He chipped the ball over the goalie’s shoulder.

“That was really a bright spot for us,” Regrutto said. “We looked like we knew what we were doing.”

Overall, through the unexpected difficulty in the first half, Regrutto was impressed with the way the boys stepped up and fought back.

“They did have some good plays,” Regrutto said. Cascade scored its first goal inside three minutes. “I think we were caught off guard. We were all shell shocked.

“We’ve got some work to do. The boys are trying hard, and that’s all I can ask.”

Regrutto split the team into a varsity and junior varsity Friday, he said. Assistant Coach Eric Stutzer is working with the junior varsity boys, something Regrutto has had little time to do as he works with the varsity players.