St. Francis girls soccer wins district


Published: Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 11:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 11:43 p.m.

Although it was just over a year ago, the memory of a loss to Oak Hall in the District 2-4A championship wasn’t far from the minds of St. Francis girls soccer players.

This time around, against St. Augustine St. Joseph Academy, the outcome couldn’t be any more different, as the Wolves won their first district title in school history.

St. Francis defeated St. Joseph 6-0 Thursday on a brisk night at St. Francis field. The Wolves will now host Jacksonville Providence next Thursday in the Region 1-2A quarterfinals.

Last year the Wolves advanced to the regionals as the District 2-4A runner-up, losing to St. Johns Country Day 7-0 in the quarterfinal match.

“We have a better developed team overall compared to previous seasons,” St. Francis head coach Henry Couch said. “It is definitely a plus to play the semifinals at home as district champs. Either way we have some tough teams ahead of us.”

Any talk of previous seasons can only go back as far as 2006-2007, when St. Francis first entered varsity play.

“There are seniors who take charge and freshmen who can compete on this team,” Couch said. “It has taken a short time for this team to come together.”

The Wolves (19-3-3) struck the net first on a header by freshman Alanna Colvin-Smith off a free kick attempt from the corner by Jane Ryngaert in 23rd minute. The two would then exchange roles on a header by Ryngaert on a pass from Colvin-Smith to make it 2-0.

“Those two seemed to do everything right tonight, they played great,” Couch added. “The key was to jump ahead and put the pressure on them. We jumped out early and never looked back.”

Sasha Kryzeminski added to the tally on another assist from Ryngaert, putting the Wolves in control at 3-0 going into halftime.

Kryzeminski and Ryngaert would add one apiece in the second half and Larissa Iapicca scored at 77 minutes for the 6-0 final.

St. Joseph (9-4-1) will travel to Orange Park St. Johns Country Day next Thursday. The Flashes will be making their fourth regional playoff appearance in five years.

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