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Canterbury’s Regan West scores on a backward kick as Snider goalie Apryl Smith tries to save it.

Cavaliers get creative in victory

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Snider’s Mikayla Unger, left, beats Natalie Disher of Canterbury to the ball in the first half Tuesday.

– Canterbury freshman Regan West really took to heart what her coach, Jennie Crandal, has been preaching lately about scoring goals – any way possible.

West’s first of two goals Tuesday came when she kicked the ball in backward while facing away from the net as the Class A No. 6 Cavaliers got a 2-1 win over Snider at Hefner Fields.

“We have really worked on finishing,” Crandal said. “The past two games it has really shown that they can finish and put the ball in the back of the net.

“In the first two games of the year, we finished very well, and then we went through a lull of not finishing. Being a former forward myself, I take pride in finishing, and my kids should finish. I am excited with the freshmen I have, and they want to find the back of the net. That’s not something you can teach somebody. It is something that you are hungry for it.”

Canterbury (5-3-1) had scored 13 goals in starting 3-0 this year, before hitting the lull Crandal referred to and getting shut out in four straight matches before a 2-1 win over Leo on Saturday.

West has only recently been counted on to score, moving from midfield to forward.

“I got moved to a new position, and it is hard to get used to the spacing around with the other people,” West said. “It is just knowing where to place the ball, which has been kind of hard. But I have been liking (forward) a lot better.”

And it came against a more physical opponent than Canterbury typically plays.

“Snider brings toughness,” Crandal said. “A lot of my kids don’t necessarily like to get hit or take hits so this is nice to get them to toughen up. My kids held their own. They stayed composed, and they took the space when they were given the space. It is really nice to see my kids work real hard, put the ball in the net and get a win.”

The Cavaliers found a way against the Panthers.

“They are really aggressive, and they know how to get their body around to get it from us,” West said. “But they aren’t very good at keeping the ball so we knew we had to play it around them, and it worked.”

West scored in both halves (at the 35-minute mark of the first and 36:56 of the second) as Canterbury built a 2-0 lead against Snider (6-4-1) and held on when the Panthers’ Garielle Ybarra cut the lead to 2-1 in the second half (33:28).

“Canterbury is a great soccer team, and they try to kick the ball around and play great soccer,” first-year Snider coach Aaron Tulloch said. “We tried to compete the same way. Both halves we started sluggish, and it cost us. We had to find a way to battle back. I did get a response out of them, which is a good thing.

“Different styles mean you have to change your game a little bit, and you have to deal with different attacks and different defenses. That is the first time we have had to deal with a back three, and that was a different challenge in of itself. We got some success toward the end, but we need to solve that a little quicker.”