Lady Cav two-day win

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JF beats Liberty on home pitch

By Mike Forster

  The JF girls soccer team may change its TV viewing preference from ESPNU to the Weather Channel.

Last week, the team had two of its games get hit with the restart button because of dangerous climatic conditions.

On Tuesday, JF saw its district title-deciding contest with Glass called with under 10 minutes to go and the Hilltoppers holding a 2-1 lead.  That's because lightning was spotted on the horizon of Sabre Stadium.

That contest was restarted (to be played as a fresh contest) this Tuesday (after press time).

On Thursday, the Lady Cavs headed to Liberty, where they built up a 1-0 lead before lightning put the kibosh on that affair.

Lady Cavs?  More like lightning rods.

That contest was moved to Friday afternoon, a day that was drenched in sunshine.

The Lightning Rods worked off some of their frustration by pouncing on Liberty early and often.  In fact, JF held a 4-0 lead after 15 minutes of play.

Cassidy Ratliff got things rolling, as she put in JF's first two goals.  Those scores came on assists from Callie White and Katie Cousins.

That duo then turned their attention from dishing out assists to driving home goals, as each found the net for a 4-0 lead.

White, by the way, is quietly becoming one of the most prolific offensive machines in the area.  By our count, the junior dynamo now has 16 goals and 12 assists.

JF's Riley Lee picked up a goal before Liberty found the back of the net.  That came when Laura Garbarini scored on a direct kick which bounced off JF keeper Allie Gossin's hands, off the left post and into the netting.

With 30 seconds remaining in the half, JF added to its lead on what was credited as a Liberty own goal.  That's how it went into the books,  though the Lady Cavs' pesky Ashlie Freeman was lingering suspiciously close to where the action took place.

The second half saw a slowing of the tempo.  The highlight was when Ratliff finished off the hat trick halfway through the stanza.

Anna Carter, mainstay of the JF back line, finished off the scoring.

Liberty Head Coach Jeff Steele acknowledged that his team is vulnerable on defense because of its youth, but is learning quickly.  "The girls have done a great job taking what we have worked on in practice and putting it into play," said Steele.  "But JF has a lot of different ways of attacking you that makes it difficult to contain."

Steele isn't the only one to feel that way.  Amherst saw those different attack modes on Monday night, falling to the Lady Cavs, 6-0.  

Did we say that White has 16 goals and 12 assists?  Make that 18 goals and 12 assists.  White drove home a pair against her father's alma mater, which must have been a bit sweet for her.

Ratliff picked up a pair of goals as well, to go along with tallies from Cousins and Carter.

Liberty fell to E.C. Glass on Monday, 6-0.

JF stands 8-1, a game behind unbeaten Glass.  Liberty is 4-6-1.