Oak Hall moves to next round


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

The Oak Hall girls soccer team got two late goals by Emily Shore to defeat Jacksonville Providence 2-0 in the Region 1-2A quarterfinals Thursday night.

The win advances the Eagles (16-5-2) to the regional semifinals where they'll host Tallahassee Maclay on Tuesday.

"The girls have worked really hard and to see them be able to move on to the (semifinals) is really special," 15-year Oak Hall coach Basil Benjamin said. "I knew Providence (12-13-1) was going to be ready because they have a great coach (in Tony Graham), but things just went our way tonight."

Things, however, didn't start off in the Eagles' side.

After an even first half, Oak Hall came out in the second half aggressive, as it was able to penetrate through the Stallions defenders and put itself in position to score.

But the combination of goalkeeper Trezure Zagers racking up eight saves — including six in the first 20 minutes of the second half — and missed opportunities by the Eagles, kept the game knotted at zero.

Then in the 71st minute, Shore picked up a loose ball, shook her defender left and side-kicked it to the right goal post to give her team a 1-0 lead.

That goal opened things up for the junior midfielder, who received a pass from senior Danielle Abbey and kicked it over the head of Zagers four minutes later.

Eighth-grade goalkeeper Jaymi Bautista-Geiger had five saves in the shutout.

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