Lake Mary ends Bobcats' season in semis
Published: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.
LAKE MARY — Early in the second half of the regional semifinal match between Lake Mary and Gainesville Buchholz, a voice rang out from a cluster of Buchholz parents and fans.
"Get 23 off people!"
That voice referred to Lake Mary's No. 23, Rachel Brown, who scored the Rams' first goal and spent most of the rest of the match making sure the Bobcats didn't.
Lake Mary (19-1-2) beat Buchholz (17-7-4), 3-0, and advanced to play Orlando Edgewater in the regional final Friday. Edgewater topped Flagler Palm Coast, 1-0.
"I thought they had a dangerous player in No. 6 (freshman Lauren Hyden) and I challenged (Brown) to take her out of the game," Lake Mary Coach Bill Eissele said. "I think she did."
Brown took two shots on goal in the first half, scoring on the second. With 4:48 left in the first half, Brown coolly netted a deflection then threw her arms up in the air.
She remained a formidable defensive presence until midway through the second half when she received a yellow card while fighting for a 50-50 ball, leading to cheers from the Buchholz section.
The Rams dominated most of the game, taking 25 shots throughout the match and allowing Buchholz only five. Forward Ashley Miller accounted for nine shots, scoring once in each half.
"Every time we put some pressure on them they came back and scored," Buchholz Coach Ron Messick said. "We didn't have any answers for their technical play and their speed."
With the win, Lake Mary completed an undefeated home season and the next step on their march to a second consecutive championship game appearance.
"They knew it was their last home game, I think they're comfortable here," Eissele said.
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