Newsome Ends Drought Against Bloomingdale
VALRICO - It took 197 minutes for Newsome to score a goal against Bloomingdale this season. The first goal came in Tuesday's Class 5A-Region 2 semifinal on a shot from sophomore forward Hannah Rainey. That set the tone for Newsome, as the Wolves added two more goals to win, 3-0. Two 1-0 losses to the Bulls - once in the regular season and again in the district final - had the Wolves (16-2) feeling comfortable in their role. "I definitely feel like we were the underdog going into this game," Newsome coach Kelly Townsend said. "They beat us twice and we had nothing to lose. They were the district champ, not us." Rainey's goal came in the 37th minute on a ball that appeared headed out of bounds, but the sophomore recovered and put it in the back of the net."It was very unexpected," Rainey said. "I thought for sure it was going out." Townsend had higher praise for the shot. "That goal set the tone, scoring at the end of the first half," Townsend said. "It carried us into the second half and it really pumped us up." The biggest difference for Newsome was its ability to finish shots. In the two previous matches, the Wolves had more shots on goal than Bloomingdale (14-4-2), but the setup and finish weren't there. Tuesday, the Wolves outshot the Bulls 13-7, which included doubling Bloomingdale's shot on goal total in the second half. "We played awesome," Townsend said. "We came to play and I said that when it counts we're here." The Wolves' second goal came early in the second half when midfielder Ashley Evers crossed and freshman Karina Gutsche struck with a clean ball into the net. The final goal was scored by Kellie Fowke in the 59th minute after a cross from Gutsche. "The first two games Bloomingdale scored right after the water break each time," she said. "I kind of knew if we held them off after the water break we'd be OK." "But never, never could I have imagined we'd walk out of here 3-0."