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Late goal lifts Sickles in boys soccer

RIVERVIEW - With five minutes left in the second half of Saturday's Class 4A-District 8 final, Nate Schmidt headed in a cross from Myles Ramsey, leading the Sickles High boys soccer team to a 2-1 victory against Steinbrenner.  The goal came 10 minutes after Sickles goalkeeper Ryan Cooper stopped a penalty kick by Steinbrenner's Enrique Barbota. Cooper finished with seven saves.  The teams traded chances during a scoreless first half, with Steinbrenner (14-1-3) holding a 4-2 edge in shots on goal. Steinbrenner came the closest to scoring, when Philip Lively ripped a long-range shot off the crossbar.  Steinbrenner captain Jason Collister opened the scoring early in the second half, connecting on a corner kick from Michael Connell.
 Less than a minute later, Scott Mulroe tied the game for Sickles (9-1-3), heading in a 40-yard free kick.  Steinbrenner goalkeeper Christian Knight finished with six saves. Lars Steier Plant tops Newsome to win 5A-7 crown  Seth Rinkevich jostled in position in front of the goal, initially using his head and then his foot, to break a deadlock and sending Plant to a 3-1 win against Newsome in the Class 5A-District 7 championship match. An energized Newsome team, fresh off an emotional win against Wharton, scored first when Ajay Sequeira converted a penalty kick. Plant tied it midway through the first half as Thomas Del Pino took a long pass from Tyler Rorrer and smashed it into the net. The second half was all Panthers, as Plant picked up the pace. When on defense, the Panthers created obstacles with physical pressure. Newsome had one shot on goal in the second half; Plant had 10. Auston Molina scored on a three-on-one break, taking a pass from Luis Zapata with 6 minutes to play to clinch the game for Plant (15-3-1) and extend its winning streak to 11. Barry Carroll
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