Roundup: GHS soccer ousted


Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 12:22 a.m.

Gainesville High found itself in a deep hole before it could break a sweat Tuesday.

The Hurricanes trailed 2-0 after nine minutes of play at Jacksonville Bartram Trail in the region 1-5A semifinal. After 90 minutes, one of the strongest graduating classes in area girl’s soccer history saw their prep careers end with a 5-2 loss.

“Our girls never gave up,” said GHS coach Fritz Kaufmann, who now looks to replace eight graduating players. “(Bartram Trail is) just a really talented team that passes the ball better than any team that I’ve seen in high school.”

Bartram Trail (22-1-3) got on the board 90 seconds into the match with an unassisted Sam Scalf goal. The lead grew when Megan Tremblay put in another score in the ninth minute.

Bartram scored again, this time three minutes into the second half, to take a 3-0 lead. Hannah Kurdila scored for the Hurricanes (15-6-4) in the 48th minute, but was equalized when Scalf put in her second goal just one minute later.

Senior Emily Dowd logged the final goal of her stat-filled career in the 70th minute to round out the scoring for Gainesville. Area youths can now aspire to a new number — 163 — if they want to become the area’s all-time leader in goals.

Along with Dowd, the Hurricanes are graduating Tess Bryant, Stephanie Clark, Amanda Moore, Carson Simonton, Jordan Strack, Chelsea Witt and Hope Woods.

“We’ve had an amazing senior class,” GHS coach Fritz Kaufmann said. “They’ve won two district titles and been to the regionals three years out of the four years. It’s one of the best senior classes that we’ve ever had.”

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The Bulldogs failed to make their first trip to the Regional finals after becoming 3A regional semifinalists for only the second time in program history.

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