Rams goalie shines at Invitational


Published: Saturday, January 5, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 4, 2008 at 10:39 p.m.

The Eastside girl’s soccer team improved to 3-0 in tournament play at the Bobcat Invitational and picked up a key win over a state powerhouse.

Freshman keeper Grace Chrzanowski had several key saves, including three in overtime penalty kicks, to give the Rams a 2-1 victory over last year’s 5A state semifinalist Niceville.

The Eagles (19-1-2) dominated the first half, putting at least two players wherever the ball went. Eastside (19-2-1) fell behind early after a Marleigh Howard unassisted goal in the sixth minute.

The Rams got on the board with a spirited second half, knotting the score after a Kerry Anna McCollough score that was set up by Kelly Masteller in the 40th minute. The teams battled through the final 30 minutes of action, but neither could manage a score.

That changed in the penalty kick session, where Eastside scored on 3-of-4 attempts, while Chrzanowski defended 3-of-4 Niceville shots, catching two in mid-air. The victory will count as a tie in both team’s final standings as penalty kicks are only recognized in tournament play and not on FHSAA regular season standings.

“I personally like (penalty kicks) more than regular shots,” said Chrzanowski, “because you’re expected to miss these. But if you save it, you’re like the hero.”

Earlier in the day, Masteller was the hero, scoring two goals in a 3-1 Eastside victory over University High (Orlando).

The Rams will take on George Jenkins High School today at noon at the Jonesville Soccer Fields for the tournament’s gold division championship. The white division’s title game, North Broward Prep vs. Land O’Lakes, and black division championship, Olympia vs. Jensen Beach, will take place at the same time at the fields.

On the boy’s side, Santa Fe High School will battle Pompano Beach at Jonesville at 10 a.m. for the gold division championship. The boy’s black division will be decided by round-robin records with Gainesville High holding an advantage after a 2-0 victory over Buchholz Friday afternoon.

The day was just as difficult for the Bobcat girls (13-3-5), who dropped two decisions, falling to 0-3 in tournament play and losing two key players to injury.

After losing top sophomore Lauren Hyden to a mild knee sprain for the team’s 2-1 loss to Olympia in the Bobcats’ second consecutive game decided by penalty kicks, the team lost senior captain Allie Bullard early in the second half of a 2-1 loss to Jensen Beach.

Just minutes into the half, Bullard collided with Jensen’s Aubrey Strohmenger during a mid-air header attempt. Both collapsed on the field, laying motionless for much of the 10-minute break as training staff cleaned both players’ head wounds. Both walked off of the field and were feeling better after the game.

Bullard’s first half goal equalized an earlier Strohmenger score, but a second half goal from Kayla Conrad gave Jensen (18-2) the victory.

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