Bartram Trail knocks out GHS

Published: Friday, January 26, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 26, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

JACKSONVILLE — On a night that saw temperatures dip to about 40 degrees combined with a sloshy playing surface at Jacksonville Bartram Trail High School, the Gainesville High girls soccer season came to an end with a 2-1 loss in the 5A-1 regional quarterfinal.

The loss was painful to the Hurricanes, who took Bartram Trail (19-1-4) to the wire, but were unable to tie the game late.

"This is the most talented team I've had," said head coach Fritz Kaufmann, whose team ended the season 16-6-2. "I knew that we would be in the district final and would get this far because of all of our hard work, but it's tough. Bartram is a great team that has lost only once all year."

In the first meeting between the teams of the season, Bartram Trail grabbed a 1-0 lead on a goal by Meagan Morris for the only score of the first half. In the 47th minute, sophomore Maggie Swanbeck found junior Emily Dowd for a goal and a 1-1 tie.

However, with just 12 minutes remaining, junior Megan Tremblay scored on a free kick for the go-ahead goal that proved to be the difference.

"It was an evenly matched game," said Dowd, a University of Tennessee commitment. "They were more aggressive than us in the air, things went their way and we had some unlucky things happen on our part."

Down 2-1, the Hurricanes could not penetrate Bartram Trail's tough defense.

"It was such a sloppy field and it was cold," said senior sweeper Rachel Davis. "This is the best Gainesville High team in 20 years and I'm glad to be on it."

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