P.K. Yonge repeats as district champions


Published: Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

Kelli McCrery put on a show, and for the second consecutive year the P.K. Yonge girls soccer team won the District 3-3A title, defeating Fort White 3-0 on Friday night.

McCrery, a junior defender, took over the match at the end of the first half, and the Blue Wave (10-6-2) never looked back.

With 14:07 remaining in the first half, McCrery stole the ball at midfield and weaved through multiple defenders to give P.K. Yonge a 1-0 lead.

McCrery scored her second goal, only seven minutes into the second half, on an assist from junior Lauren Brown.

"Just too much Kelli McCrery tonight," Fort White coach Perry Sauls said. "We did everything we could to slow her down, but she is unbelievable."

Minutes later Brown added another goal on an assist from Allison Cattafesta to push the lead to 3-0.

The Blue Wave defense tightened in the second half, and keeper Erica Williams recorded the shutout.

"(Friday night) is priceless," P.K. Yonge coach Pauline Hazan said. "Once we scored the first goal we just started playing our game. Kelli is playing great and our team played with a lot more confidence in the second half.

Both P.K. Yonge and Fort White advance to the regional quarterfinals, with P.K. Yonge hosting its opening-round match Thursday.

ORANGE PARK RIDGEVIEW 2, SUWANNEE 1

For the second consecutive year, Ridgeview (12-12) defeated the Bulldogs in the District 3-4A title game. Senior Ashley Harris scored her 27th goal for Suwannee (14-5-3), which couldn't overcome two second-half goals by Ridgeview. Suwannee will travel to Jacksonville to face Bishop Kenny in the regional quarterfinals on Thursday. Bishop Kenny beat Jacksonville Paxon 1-0 in double overtime to win the District 4-4A crown.

OCALA FOREST 2, GAINESVILLE 1 (OT)

Forest successfully defended its home field, beating the Hurricanes in the first overtime on a goal by Diana Williams for the District 4-5A crown.

Madison Gallagher started the scoring for Forest (17-6-3), but junior Emily Dowd answered for GHS (17-5-2) in the second half to tie the game.

Maggie Lajza had six saves for the Hurricanes, who will travel to Jacksonville to play Bartram Trail, which beat Nease 2-0 in the District 3-5A title game.

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