Chieftains blank BulldogsPublished 10:37pm Monday, April 30, 2012
For teammate Breanna Williams, it was just another normal day on a soccer field.
Each scored for the Chieftains in a 2-0 Wolverine Conference win over Vicksburg.
Cano, who’s a two-year varsity player, recorded her first career varsity goal with 30:21 left in the second half. Williams gave Dowagiac a 2-0 lead when she scored her 20th goal of the season with 4:40 left in the match. The 20 goals is a single season school-record.
The win improved Dowagiac to 9-1-1 overall and 1-1 in the conference.
“I feel excited,” said Cano about scoring for the first time. “I’m thrilled and so happy that I made that goal. I didn’t panic. All those workouts that we do during practice paid off for me.”
Cano intercepted a pass from Vicksburg goalie Amanda Clausen and scored from 15 yards.
“I saw that I was against one defender and I had to step it up and tip the ball over the goal,” Cano said.
Cano’s shot was the first shot on goal in the second half for Dowagiac, which owned a 9-4 shots on goal advantage in the first half.
“It was a goal we really needed,” said Dowagiac coach Mike Williams about Cano’s clutch shot. “She’s got great feet and good ball control. She always works hard so she earned it. She’s also a smart player. She doesn’t have lightning speed. If she had that she would have the total package.”
After several shot attempts, one which hit the right post in the first half, Breanna Williams was finally able to break through against the Bulldogs. With the Vicksburg goalie out of position, Williams punched the ball in from five yards.
“That will give you some breathing room right there,” Mike Williams said about his daughter’s goal. “That gives you some room to make an error.”
Breanna Williams’ goal was Dowagiac’s lone shot in the final 13 minutes. Vicksburg had five shots during that span.
“We were just breaking down,” Mike Williams said. “It wasn’t so much that they were doing different. We weren’t making runs. We were sitting back and allowing (Vicksburg’s offense) to take place. We had a goal and then we stepped back for a minute.”
Dowagiac goalie Alyssa Fritz had two of her nine saves in the final 13 minutes. Vicksburg also had a free kick from 15 yards hit the crossbar.
“She did well,” Mike Williams said about his goalie’s play. “She’s a very good communicator. You can hear her during the whole game.”
Dowagiac 0, Vicksburg 0
D – Alejandra Cano 30:21
D – Breanna Williams 4:40
Shots on goal
Dowagiac 19, Vicksburg 12
Dowagiac 9 (Alyssa Fritz)
Vicksburg 10 (Amanda Clausen)
Dowagiac 2, Vicksburg 4
Dowagiac 9-1-1, 1-1 Wolverine