Wave wins district title again
Published: Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.
P.K. Yonge faced Fort White for the second straight year in the District 3-3A championship and got the same result.
The Blue Wave (10-2-3, 5-0) fought off Fort White 2-0 on Friday night in Newberry to capture the district title after a scoreless first half had the Indians thinking upset.
"I wasn't surprised," P.K. Yonge coach Richard Fethiere said. "We weren't playing pretty soccer."
P.K. Yonge sophomore Grant Patterson's shot off the crossbar early in the second half, however, rolled to the waiting feet of defender John Mark Honeycutt. Honeycutt fitted the ball into the top corner of the goal to give the Blue Wave a 1-0 lead.
"It was the second-half speech," Honeycutt said. "We came out, got fired (up), realized we were down and then we just put it away."
The second score came from P.K. Yonge eighth-grader Jake Murphy, who got an assist from senior Adam Clark in the 64th minute. Murphy chipped the ball over Fort White goalkeeper Stephan Lynch's head before he could keep it from rolling in for a goal.
"We had about 15 shots to zero (in the first half) with no goals. That's unacceptable," Fethiere said. "We had to go back to basics — pass and move, pass and move, and then finish."
Finishing wasn't so easy early on even though the Blue Wave had the ball in the Indians' territory for seemingly the entire contest. The Blue Wave outshot the Indians 22-2, but Lynch had 19 saves to keep his team in it.
Fort White will travel to play District 4 champion Jacksonville Episcopal in the regional quarterfinals Thursday night, while the Blue Wave will host District 4 runnerup Jacksonville Bolles.
"We're very optimistic," Fethiere said. "We're hoping to get back to the final four where the team was two years ago."
EASTSIDE 3, COLUMBIA 0
For the first time since 2002, Eastside captured a district title with its win over Columbia in the District 4-5A championship game.
"The kids came out determined to win," Eastside coach Alex Oliveira said. "They really wanted to bring this championship back to Gainesville."
The Rams (11-4-4) got on the board early, when Adim Moreb scored in the sixth minute.
"From that point on, we controlled most of the first half," Oliveira said.
In the second half, Columbia (13-9-3) stepped up the pressure offensively, but Thomas Zimmerman and Jovaughn Howard added second-half goals for Eastside to put the game out of reach.
Eastside goalie Mike Kramer made seven saves en route to a shutout for the Rams, who will face the loser of the District 3-5A title game between Jacksonville Wolfson and Fleming Island. Columbia will face the winner between the two teams.
PIERSON TAYLOR 1, KEYSTONE HEIGHTS 0
In the District 5-3A championship game at Pierson Taylor, Yoni Miranda beat Keystone goalie Michael McLeod on a breakaway in the 67th minute for the only score and the title.
McLeod made 16 saves for the Indians (16-5-4), who struggled to convert their chances on offense.
"We had our opportunities, we just couldn't finish (on Friday night)," Keystone coach Trevor Waters said. Keystone will travel to face Mount Dora in the regional quarterfinals, after Mount Dora beat Umatilla 3-0 in the District 6-3A title game.
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