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Cairo wins big over Westover

CHS soccer seniors were recognized between games last Friday night against Westover. Front row, l-r: Catherine Wilson, Tabor Forgay, Kaylee Harrell, Lakeshimie Jackson, Jordyn Birchett, Sarah Carnline and Kayla Clark; back row, John Holt, Lee Ponder, Drew Tuggle, Matthew Harrison, Mason Cumbie, Jake Kimmel, Mose Willis, Joel Bass, and Gio Raker.

The Cairo Syrupmakers and Syrupmaids took another giant step toward the region 1-AAA championships with wins over Westover Friday night at West Thomas Stadium.
The teams also recognized their senior players between games. The Maids were 2-1 winners over the Lady Patriots, and the Syrupmakers pulled out an exciting 4-3 overtime win over the Patriots.
In the girls match, Cairo got big goals from Haylee Brown and Annie Ross and then hung on for the win. Cairo fell behind 1-0, but tied the game before the half.
The Maids took a 2-1 lead, and Westover staged a last minute comeback in an attempt to tie the game, but the Syrupmaid defense held on for the win.
“I was really proud of our girls, they fought hard and came together for the win,” said coach Barbara Godwin.
In the boys game, Cairo found themselves in unfamiliar territory as the Patriots jumped out to a 3-0 lead at the half. Cairo battled back with goals by Luke Kimmel and Mose Willis to pull the Makers within one.
Lee Ponder tied the game at 3-3 in regulation with a goal, and then scored the winning goal in overtime. Andres Vasquez and Ponder both had assists and Willis had two in the win.
The big region win continues Cairo’s unbeaten streak in 2011, and both teams are undefeated in region play.
“It was a big win. We played hard and stayed together. I thought the team showed character to be able to battle back from a 3-0 deficit,” said coach Robbie Peterson.
Cairo played at Worth County on Tuesday and will host Americus on Thursday. The boys play first at 5:30 p.m. and the girls play at 7:30 at West Thomas Stadium.

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