LITHIA — Newsome High’s scouting report on Orlando Boone didn’t produce much. And in the first half of Thursday’s Class 5A-Region 2 girls soccer quarterfinal, it showed.
“We don’t play that side much, so we had no idea what we (were facing),” said Newsome coach Kelly Townsend.
Though the aggressor in the first half, the Wolves were thwarted by Boone keeper Dyana Herrera, who made four saves. In the second half, however, the Wolves found their groove, scoring six goals in a 7-0 win to advance to Tuesday’s region semifinals.
“We started going outside and we squeezed them by,” Townsend said.
Junior Karli Gutsche and Claire Kartheiser each had hat tricks in the victory to extend Newsome’s record to 19-0. Newsome owned a 17-5 shot advantage in the match while Madison Rowe had three saves, including a penalty shot by Boone (17-6-3) in the first half.
“It took the entire team to get past that brick wall that was in front of us,” Gutsche said. “Once we got the second goal, we just went at it.”
- Nick Williams
5A-2: Manatee ends Plant’s season 3-1
BRADENTON — Manatee earned the program’s first region playoff win since 1999 by defeating Plant 3-1 in a Class 5A-Region 2 quarterfinal.
Sarah Wasser’s goal in the 53rd minute gave Manatee a 1-0 lead. The goal triggered a rally for Manatee (15-4-2), which took nine shots during the scoreless opening half. Jessica Schafer scored off an assist from Michaella Krebser during the 65th minute before Krebser scored herself from about 20 yards out 4 minutes later.
Freshman goalie Ashleigh Parker had six saves for the Canes and nearly recorded the team’s third straight shutout before Plant’s Abby Sanchez scored during the 75th minute.
- Bradenton Herald
2A-3: Bravo’s goals key Tampa Prep
TAMPA — Behind two goals in the first 17 minutes from Abby Bravo, host Tampa Prep advanced to the Class 2A-Region 3 semifinals with a 2-1 victory against Lakeland McKeel.
The Terrapins (11-8-1) will face district rival Academy of the Holy Names on Tuesday at Tampa Prep for a berth in the region final.
“It wasn’t pretty, but we got the job done,” said Tampa Prep coach Cindy Schofield. “It was a gut-wrenching performance.”
Bravo weaved through the defense for the game’s first goal in the ninth minute, firing one shot that was blocked by McKeel’s onrushing goalkeeper, but controlling the rebound and tapping it into the open net.
McKeel (16-8-1) answered seven minutes later when Cierra Terry, from outside the top left corner of the 18-yard box, delivered a perfectly placed right-footed shot that hooked into the upper right corner of the net from about 30 yards away.
But on the ensuing possession, Tampa Prep’s Darla Harrison hit the crossbar with a shot, and the ball caromed to Bravo who punched it in for what proved to be the game-winning goal.
Olivia Marshall made four saves for Tampa Prep.
- Bart O’Connell
2A-3: Holy Names cruises past Lake Placid 6-0
LAKE PLACID — Academy of the Holy Names overcame a slow start to defeat Lake Placid in a Class 2A-Region 3 girls soccer quarterfinal. The Jaguars (16-2) had six players score en route to a 6-0 victory.
“The girls came out very focused and very confident in their game play, and they executed on all levels,” Holy Names coach Kareem Escayg said.
The Jaguars scored their first goal in the ninth minute when Julia Lester booted in a cross kick from the corner. Holy Names’ Julia Metzger added another score just before the half to give the Jags a 2-0 lead at the break.
Holy Names continued to control the ball for much of the second half. Audrey Cooper gave the Jags a 3-0 lead when she tapped in a missed shot at the 54th minute.
Gabrielle Tremonti netted the fourth goal soon after in the 61st minute. Alana Adams joined the scoring frenzy with a header into the back of the goal at the 67th minute.
Hannah Menendez capped the scoring in the 77th when she blasted a penalty kick into the top right corner of the net.
- Brandon Howard, Highlands Today
1A-2: Calvary Christian shuts out CDS
TAMPA — The best girls soccer season in Carrollwood Day School history came to a close in a Class 1A-Region 2 quarterfinal — but not without a good fight. Yes, CDS (11-4-1) lost 3-0 to visiting Calvary Christian, but it was closer than the score indicated.
After Calvary (13-4) went up 1-0 in the 22nd minute when Hannah Brookover drilled a ball into the back of the net, the teams battled rather evenly until the 72nd minute. That’s when Kaylyn Burroughs converted a shot to go up 2-0.
“I was proud of the way we played,” CDS coach Donna Holyman said. “(Calvary’s) second goal was tough to overcome but we never gave up. We fought right to the end.”
With 15 minutes to go, CDS provided a scare to Calvary when Patriot Alex Schweitzer broke free and found herself one-on-one with the keeper. Schweitzer rifled a shot but it ricocheted off the hands of a diving Kelsey Karmele.
Calvary sealed its victory in the 78th minute when Brookover broke free for her second goal. Calvary’s victory also marked its first in the postseason for the girls soccer team.
“I think our team is pretty mature for how young they are,” Calvary coach Rollin Mohler said. “CDS played us tough today but we kept our focus.”
- Scott Purks
1A-2: Shorecrest eliminates Cambridge Christian
ST. PETERSBURG — Jade Caswell and Skyler Ellenburg each scored a pair of goals to pace Shorecrest in a 6-1 rout of Cambridge Christian in a Class 1A-Region 2 quarterfinal.
“We wanted to establish something early in this game so we could work on things throughout the night for upcoming games,” Ellenburg said. “We want to match what we did last season, but we know we have to take things one game at a time. This was definitely a nice start.”
Playing in front of a home crowd, the Chargers (18-2) scored three goals (two by Ellenburg, one by Caswell) in the first 15 minutes of the contest against the Lancers before University of Tampa signee Madison Cox gave Cambridge (10-4-3) its only tally of the night on a header off a corner kick by Monica Zanghi midway through the first half.
Cox is one of two seniors on a Cambridge team full of middle-schoolers.
“We knew coming in we had a difficult task in front of us, but I just wanted to try and do whatever I could to help our young team learn from this experience,” said Cox, who scored her 24th goal of the season.
- Chris Girandola