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Lady Panthers get shut out in conference opener

The Lady Panthers took to the soccer pitch against Marion for their first conference game of the season, and came away with an easy 8-0 shutout.

Cabot had a little bit of trouble early on with a 2-0 halftime lead, but held possession for almost all of the second half, never giving Marion a chance.

“Our girls did a fantastic job with their passing and dribbling,” said coach Kerry Castillo. “Maddie Rice was threading passes between defenders. Amalie Gunn was dangerous coming out of the backline.”

Jessica Souza had a huge night for Cabot, scoring five goals and taking 11 shots on the night.

Cabot’s first goal came on a freekick, where Rice passed to Leelee Denton for a goal in the corner.

Codee Park took a great pass and scored later in the match, while the final goal came from freshman Ashley Chandler.

“I’m very pleased with the girls so far, but I’m waiting for them to peak,” said Castillo. “We’re on the cusp of playing really great soccer right now and just need one big game where we must be nearly flawless to drive us to seek that level. We have some very good contests ahead of us this month.”

That win was a big one after coming back from spring break and losing 1-0 to Mount St. Mary earlier in the week.

The Belles scored midway through the second half with the help from a little bit of luck when a Cabot defender fell. It was only the second goal the Lady Panthers have

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