Buchholz girls soccer edges GHS

Published: Monday, January 5, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at 5:54 p.m.

Trailing by one goal to Gainesville High School at halftime Monday, Buchholz girls soccer coach Ron Messick reminded his team that they have lost just one match to a city opponent in the last 12 years.

The point of Messick's motivational message at intermission got across to his team quickly.

The Bobcats scored a pair of goals within the first nine minutes of the second half to top Gainesville 2-1.

"I let them have it at halftime and just tried to motivate them anyway I can," Messick said. "I had to let them know that GHS was not going to lay down for them and that there

is a legacy that they need to protect of winning here at Buchholz."

The Hurricanes (13-9-0) got off to a fast start, as Olivia Forrestel scored from about 10 yards away in the contest's opening minute. GHS carried that lead into halftime, although Buchholz

started to control time of possession toward the end of the first half.

Messick also spoke to his team about intensity, which the Bobcats (15-1-1) showed more of as they controlled the match's final 40 minutes. Laura Bedford knotted the score at 1-all after finding the back of the net in the 46th minute.

Just three minutes later, Kaitlin Payne took a feed from Alex Stanojev on the left side, cut to the middle and fired a shot to the upper right corner from 15 yards away that provided the eventual final margin.

The Bobcats, fresh off winning the white division at this past weekend's Bobcat Invitational, outshot the Hurricanes 16-5 for the match, 12-2 in the second half.

GHS goal keeper Maggie Lajza stopped 11 shots. L.A. Zdziarski and Brittany Hardin each made one save for the Bobcats, whose only city loss came to Eastside two seasons ago.

Buchholz, which has advanced to the regional playoffs in each of the last nine years, did not play the rival Hurricanes last season due to a scheduling conflict.

"When our girls decided in the second half to play, we were the better team and the second half proved that we're the better team," said Messick, who is in his seventh year as coach of the Bobcats. "But you have to give their girls credit for playing the first half and getting the goal and playing their hearts out.

"We definitely responded, when we calmed down and just played our style I knew we'd be OK."

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