EHS girls soccer falls short in upset


Published: Sunday, January 6, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 5, 2008 at 11:55 p.m.

For 60 minutes of soccer action Saturday at the Bobcat Invitational, hosted by the Gainesville Soccer Alliance, it seemed the Eastside girls team was on the brink of a complete turnaround.

After going 0-3 in last year’s tournament, the Rams were 3-0 this year and had unbeaten George Jenkins High School, from Lakeland, on the ropes in the Gold Division championship game.

After a scoreless first half, dominated by Eastside’s pressuring offense, the Eagles scored twice in 10 minutes to earn a 2-0 victory.

Senior Kelly Masteller, who set up several goal opportunities for the Rams (17-3-3) with her booming set shots, came inches from giving Eastside the lead in the sixth minute. A free kick from 20 yards away sailed over the Eagles’ keeper’s head and bounced off of the bottom part of the crossbar.

George Jenkins (20-0-1) got on the board in the 63rd minute when Brittany Trawick took a pass from Maddie Canup and headed it past Eastside goalie Grace Chrzanowski from four yards.

In the 67th minute, Kayla Bala, who seemed trapped along the left sideline before dribbling around and through three defenders, took the ball to the top of the box and put it just above the reach of Chrzanowski.

The Santa Fe boys team faced a similar fate. After falling behind early and failing to convert multiple first half opportunities, the Raiders fell to Pompano Beach in the boy’s Gold Division finals, 3-0.

The first miscue came in the eighth minute, when Santa Fe’s Joey Obrien pulled a 9-yard one-on-one penalty kick to the right of the goal.

The Tornadoes (9-4-4) capitalized on the miscue 11 minutes later when Gabe Motta hit Andres Huber with a pass along the right sideline. Huber took the ball on a 30-yard trot, out running two defenders and knocking it in for the 1-0 lead.

Motta later fed Huber a second score, this time in the opening minute of the second half. The goal seemed to knock the wind out of the Raiders (11-3), who lost much of the first half intensity that helped them control the ball for most of the period.

That feeling turned to frustration in the 48th minute, when Andrew Whitfield made it a 3-0 game with the shot of the day. Along the sideline near the left side of the goal, Whitfield put in a bending shot that went sideways, over Santa Fe goalie Chay Jensen’s head and bounced in under the right corner post.

The boys black division was settled on round-robin play since the group had only five teams. After pitching three straight shut-out victories to start the tournament, Gainesville High was awarded the Black Division championship after a 2-2 tie with Bay High School in the Hurricanes final game. Senior keeper Zach Adams took home the tournament’s MVP award after his team defeated its first three opponents by a combined score of 8-0.

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