Blue Wave holds off Fort White for title
Published: Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
In a hard-fought, physical soccer match, P.K. Yonge managed to hang on and defeat host Fort White 3-2 in the District 3-3A championship match on Friday night.
"We had some moments where we played very, very well, passed very effectively and executed our game plan very well," Blue Wave coach Roger Lloyd said. "At other times, we got a little forgetful, especially on the defensive end."
The Blue Wave (10-6-2) opened the game in impressive fashion. In the second minute, senior Jose' Rosa ripped a beautiful shot from at least 25 yards away to beat the keeper and give P.K. Yonge a 1-0 lead.
After a goal from Grant Patterson in the 23rd minute, Rosa kicked an equally impressive goal in the 30th minute that gave the Blue Wave a commanding 3-0 lead.
"In all my years of being around soccer, those are two of the prettiest shots I've ever seen," Lloyd said. "Jose' Rosa gets tonight's game ball. Those shots were absolutely outstanding shots."
But Fort White caught a break with five minutes left in the first half. P.K. Yonge's John Mark Honeycutt was given a yellow card that gave Fort White a free kick in the Blue Wave's half. The kick found Daniel Bowie in the box. Bowie was taken down in the box by Matt Clark, and the foul led to a penalty kick.
Senior Connor Hayden converted the opportunity and narrowed the gap to 3-1.
"Certainly that gave us some confidence that we were looking for, but we were beginning to push the attack," coach Bob Hochmuth said.
The Indians (7-10-4) rode the momentum into the second half. In the 45th minute, Fort White senior captain Matthew Case got a pass in space and ran down the left-hand side of the field. He converted a 1-on-1 opportunity against keeper Matt Honeycutt and the Indians trailed by only one goal.
Fort White had some other scoring chances, with the best one coming in the 55th minute. Hayden hit a low shot that was just tipped wide by Honeycutt. Although the Indians couldn't come up with the tying goal, Hochmuth was proud of his team's heart and desire.
"I couldn't ask for anything more out of them," Hochmuth said. "Compared to the previous two games (both shutout wins for P.K. Yonge), we were confident that we could play with them."
P.K. Yonge will host the loser of the District 4-3A championship on Thursday, while Fort White will travel to face the winner of the game.
Keystone Heights defeated host Crescent City 1-0 in the championship game, with the lone goal coming from Austin Bennett off a corner kick in the 45th minute. Goalie Michael McLeod had 10 saves. Keystone Heights improved to 9-9-6 and captured its third district championship in a row. The Indians will host the runner-up of the District 6-3A championship game on Thursday night at 7 p.m.
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