St. Francis girls soccer blanks P.K. Yonge


Published: Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 11:58 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 11:58 p.m.

With eight minutes remaining, in what was a scoreless affair up to that point, St. Francis’ Tori Smith saw a chance to break the deadlock.

The freshman scored the match’s lone goal to lift the Wolves past P.K. Yonge, 1-0 in a key District 4-2A contest on a chilly Tuesday night.

Jessica Bradley, who leads the Wolves (9-2-2, 4-1-0) with 17 goals this season, delivered the pass that set up Smith’s winning tally.

“The ball kind of slid through and I just ran up,” Smith said. “I saw it and I saw an opportunity to score and so I just took the shot and it went in.”

Bradley sent the ball over to Smith on the right side. The midfielder, who was among Blue Wave defenders, fired the shot from about 20 yards away that beat P.K. Yonge reserve goalkeeper Kelly Honeycutt to the near post.

“I was really excited, I thought I was going to cry I was so happy,” Smith said. “I was really glad that I helped my team win because this was really big for us.”

P.K. Yonge (12-2-1, 4-1-0) and St. Francis each registered just three shots on the night in what was a back and forth match. It was the seventh shutout win for the Wolves this season.”

“It was a big win,” said St. Francis coach Henry Couch. “P.K. Yonge is an excellent team, they are well coached and both games have been really close. Tonight was our night.”

While the Wolves were without a pair of starters, the Blue Wave also had to make a few adjustments. Midfielder Allison Mervau, who has a team-leading 20 goals, was moved back to sweeper to strengthen the defense, which was without one of its starters. P.K. Yonge was also forced to play without starting goalkeeper Sarah Waters, who was kicked in the head while trying to make a diving save early on in the match. Blue Wave coach Pauline Hazan said Waters might have a mild concussion.

“I was pleased with (our) effort, coming off of a two-week break,” Hazan said. “I don’t think the result is a reflection of our effort and performance on the field. We didn’t capitalize on some opportunities.”

There is a good chance that the Wolves and Blue Wave could meet for a third time at the District 4-2A tournament, hosted by St. Francis, in two weeks.

“I sincerely believe P.K. Yonge will be playing for the district championship,” Couch said. “Whether or not we play them is going to be up to us.”

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