Just for kicks, Eastside goalie lifts Rams to a regional berth

Published: Monday, January 23, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 23, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
For most goalies, the list of responsibilites is short and sweet. Stop as many shots as you can and keep your team in the match.
For Eastside goalie Kelly Masteller, her duties go much deeper than just stopping the other team.
In a district playoff game against Gainesville, the Rams and Hurricanes were tied at one. Eastside had a free kick from about 25 yards away, and coach Matt Walker made a fateful decision.
He decided to bring Masteller about 80 yards away from her net to take the free kick.
The casual reader would think that Walker had a moment of temporary insanity.
"Bringing the goaltender 80 yards away from the goal isn't the easiest thing to do," Walker said.
But Masteller made her coach look like a genius. She struck a missile and scored to give her team the 2-1 win and a berth in the regional tournament.
"She really showed how good she was," Walker said, adding that she has the strongest leg of any high school girl that he's ever seen.
Scoring from the goalie position is nothing new for Masteller this season. The sophomore has six goals while in net, many of which come from farther away than her game-winning goal against GHS.
"That's intimidating when she's got such a powerful leg," Walker said. "She's extremely accurate."
Masteller's strong leg also keeps Eastside from getting pinned back in its zone, because all her goal kicks go past midfield. In fact, one of her goal kicks went all the way down to the other box, finding Liz Theurer for a goal. Masteller also has two assists from her keeper position.
She's not too bad when she has to stop shots, either. Masteller saved 13 shots in the game against Gainesville and stopped 10 shots in the 1-0 district championship loss against Ocala Forest. On the year, she has recorded nine shutouts and surrendered 30 goals in 25 games.
"She has great anticipation," Walker said. "It's just really natural for her."
Walker said that when Masteller is in goal, the Rams know there is always a chance to win.
"I think she's changed the confidence (level) in the team," Walker said.
-Daniel Shanks

Girls Basketball

  • NATALIE LAND, LAFAYETTE - In three games, the sophomore guard averaged a double-double. She scored 90 points and grabbed 36 rebounds, which comes out to 30 points and 12 boards a game. On the year, Land is averaging 26.2 points and 11.4 rebounds a game. She also recorded 14 assists and 16 steals in the three wins.

    Boys Basketball

  • KENNY WILLIAMS, COLUMBIA - The sophomore point guard led the Tigers with 14 points and six assists in a 58-55 win against Mount Dora during the Bobcat Shootout. Williams, who was a game-time decision because of a nagging thigh injury, hit a 3-pointer with the game tied at 55 as time expired.

    Boys Soccer

    - Parker, a sophomore defender, played stellar defense in a week that saw the Eagles record two wins and one tie. In the three games, Oak Hall only surrendered three goals, largely due to Parker's contributions. Roderick, a freshman midfielder, scored the team's first goal in a 2-1 win over Santa Fe.

    Honorable mention

  • Girls Basketball Crystal Johnson, P.K. Yonge - In three games, the sophomore point guard scored 63 points, including a 32-point performance in a loss to Buchholz. She also recorded 24 rebounds, nine assists and 12 steals.
    Canvis Scott, Hawthorne - In the Hornets' 37-33 win over Keystone Heights, the freshman forward accounted for more than half of her team's points with 22. She also grabbed seven rebounds.
  • Boys Basketball Marcus Wilson, Bradford - In Bradford's 60-52 win over Middleburg, Wilson recorded a double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds.
  • Girls Soccer Sam Bleiweis and Emily Shore, Oak Hall - Bleiweis, an eighth-grader, and Shore, a sophomore, combined for both goals in the Eagles' 2-0 district 7-2A championship game against St. Joseph's Academy. Shore scored both times, and Bleiweis delivered the assist on both goals.
    April Durant, P.K. Yonge - In the District 3-3A championship game, the freshman scored two goals to give the Blue Wave a 3-1 win over Newberry.
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