Eastside girls soccer wins district title in double OT

Published: Friday, January 23, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 12:03 a.m.

OCALA — Forest had its chances against Eastside in the championship match of the District 5A-4 tournament on Friday night.

The top-seeded Wildcats, though, were done in by a stellar effort in goal by sophomore Grace Chrzanowski and a pair of goals by freshman Sarah Landauer in a 2-1 loss to the Rams in double-overtime.

Chrzanowksi made a diving stop on a one-on-one situation with Forest speedster Ashanti Stewart at point blank range with five minutes left in the second overtime and Landauer then clinched the title for Eastside with a goal on a breakaway two minutes later.

Landauer, whose goal with five minutes left in regulation knotted the match, out-raced a Forest defender and sent a shot that trickled past goalkeeper Brittany Sonnier, who had come about 10 yards out of the goal crease.

The shot by Landauer wasn’t drilled, but it took a slow roll and went right into the middle of the net.

For the Rams (20-5-2), it was their first district championship since 2002 and snapped a four-match losing streak in district title events.

Forest (17-3-3), which had its 13-match district winning streak snapped, is back in the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

Over the past four years, the Wildcats have went 6-4-1 against the Rams.

Eastside will now host Orange Park Fleming Island in Thursday’s regional quarterfinals.

Forest will travel to Jacksonville Bartram Trail.

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