BOYS SOCCER: SANTA FE 1, SUWANNEE 0

Santa Fe blanks Suwannee


Published: Saturday, January 18, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 17, 2003 at 11:12 p.m.

ALACHUA - The Santa Fe soccer team improved its record to 8-2 with a 1-0 victory over the visiting Suwannee Bulldogs on a frigid Friday night.

Yudi Ramirez netted the game's only goal with 2:30 remaining in the first half when he booted a line drive to the back left corner of the goal.

The win continues Santa Fe's hold on the Bulldogs this season, marking the second time they have defeated them. The first came in quite the same fashion, a 1-0 win in Live Oak.

"Without that goal we would not have been in the game," Ramirez said. "It keeps the season going good for us."

The Raiders got outstanding mid-field defense the entire game and were able to keep the ball on Suwannee's side for the majority of the game. Suwannee had opportunities to score with three free kicks, including one with two minutes to go. However, goalie Devala Gorrick made a diving save to preserve the win.

"They got some free kicks but we were able to stop them," Gorrick said. "We stepped it up in the second half."

Raiders coach Chris Hotary said he was impressed with his team's effort in the second half where they outhustled Suwannee and that they must continue the tough play in order to stay on pace for district title.

Santa Fe remains atop the district with playoffs looming in the near future.

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