Haas, DeBien lead Lady Raiders to shutout over Chattanooga Christian
by By SARALYN NORKUS Banner Sports Writer
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CLEVELAND SENIOR  Hope Haas outmaneuvers a Chattanooga Christian player to keep control of the ball. Haas got the Lady Raiders on the board first in Monday night’s win over the Lady Chargers.
CLEVELAND SENIOR  Hope Haas outmaneuvers a Chattanooga Christian player to keep control of the ball. Haas got the Lady Raiders on the board first in Monday night’s win over the Lady Chargers.
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Cleveland head soccer coach Andy Byrd knew going into Monday night’s match against Chattanooga Christian School that his team would be in for a hard-fought battle. When the two teams met last season the end result was a 0-0 tie.

“CCS comes in every year and we always have a great battle. Hats off to them for bringing a good team,” Byrd commented.

In a game that could’ve gone either way, it was the Lady Raiders who came out on top, defeating the Lady Chargers 2-0.

After almost reaching the halfway point in the first 40 minutes of play, it was senior Hope Haas who got Cleveland on the board first. The Lady Raiders’ second goal would come in the final 10 minutes of play from sophomore Sam DeBien, who was assisted by senior McKenzie Harris.

“Our defenders came up in the clutch for us and we did some really creative things on the offensive side of the ball on the attack,” coach Byrd said. “Sohara (Perez) is creating stuff in the middle, Kenzie is playing crazy up top and Sam gave it her all. Overall, we had a pretty solid performance for our third game.”

Cleveland registered nine shots on goal, while junior Lady Raider keeper Jenna Scoggins warded off seven shots on goal from the quick Lady Charger offense.

“CCS challenged Jenna, and she needs that — she needs to be challenged by good, solid teams,” Byrd stated.

With their third game on the record books, Byrd is pleased with what he is seeing out of his team.

“I told them this: There’s a ray of sunshine coming through the clouds, and luckily tonight that ray got bigger,” Byrd said. “We had some good soccer tonight and I’m proud of us.”

Cleveland will host a thriving Walker Valley Lady Mustangs team next Tuesday at 7 p.m.

LADY RAIDERS 2, LADY CHARGERS 0

Halftime score: 1-0. Goals: Hope Haas, Sam DeBien. Assists: McKenzie Harris. Record: Cleveland 2-1.