Keystone Heights girls soccer falls
Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 12:14 a.m.
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS — The Keystone Heights girls soccer team saw its season come to an abrupt end on Tuesday night.
The Indians did not have a shot on goal and were blanked by Ocala Trinity Catholic 6-0 in a Region 2-3A semifinal.
Ashley Coley scored twice for the Celtics (20-4-3), who advance to their first regional final where they will host Orlando Lake Highland Prep on Friday.
The Indians (13-8-2) had a rough go of it in what proved to be their season finale. Not only did they fail to record a shot on goal, Trinity Catholic controlled possession of the ball for the majority of the evening. The Celtics fired 24 shots against Keystone Heights goalkeeper Jamie Turner, who finished with 15 saves.
"We had a good effort, we put the best on the field we had today," said Keystone Heights coach David McCollum. "There is no reason to hang their heads. It is always tough in a tournament when you lose that last game, but somebody is going to have to unless it is the state champion."
To make matters worse for the Indians, Tysee Williams, who scored two goals and had two assists in her team's opening-round win over The Villages, went down with an apparent right leg injury midway through the second half. Williams did not return to action after being helped off the field.
"It is some kind of an injury," said McCollum, who added that Williams was going to the emergency room after the game for an evaluation. "Hopefully it is minor as opposed to major."
Jordan Shields opened the scoring for the Celtics as she knocked in a rebound seven minutes into the contest before Coley drilled a shot from about 15 yards away that snuck inside the left post giving the visitors a 2-0 edge in the 21st minute. Just before halftime, Loren Bonenclark nailed a shot from deep in the right corner that was just under the crossbar and above the outstretched hands of Turner. Blaire Kelley assisted on the goal which gave Trinity Catholic a 3-0 lead at halftime.
Coley scored in the 51st minute pushing the Celtics' advantage to 4-0 before Kelley found the back of the net by lofting a shot from 18 yards out on the right side in the 68th minute. Hailey Steer provided the final margin in the 78th minute as she tapped in a cross from Erin Haltiwanger.
"Anytime you go through your districts and either get first or second you've had a good season," said McCollum, who guided the Indians to the District 5-3A title and to their eighth regional playoff appearance in the last nine seasons. "The girls have played really well."
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