Bishop Snyder holds off Keystone for district title

Published: Friday, January 22, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 12:27 a.m.

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS — When Tory Beasley fired a line drive off a free kick into the back of the net in the final seconds of the game for Keystone Heights, it was too little too late. Despite out-shooting Jacksonville Bishop Snyder 20-3, Keystone Heights fell 3-2 in the District 4-3A Championship.

Though the Indians fell behind 3-1 late in the second half, head coach David McCollum said he was proud of his team’s determination.

“They didn’t back down, they weren’t afraid,” McCollum said. “They kept at it, they kept at it, they kept at it.”

Keystone Heights (13-7-1) scored the first goal within the first two minutes of the game, setting a fast pace and an aggressive tone. But defensively, Bishop Snyder (16-2-2) was able to withstand shots on goal by Beasley and Noel Crane. The two combined for 15 of the team’s 20 shots.

“They showed a lot of heart,” Bishop Snyder coach Jacob O’Brien said about his defense. “They were put under pressure the whole game, but our back line held up well.”

Bishop Snyder converted on all three of its shots on goal. The Cardinals responded to the early goal by Indians forward Madison Colaw with two goals in the first half. Victoria Verville dropped in an unassisted goal from about 30 yards away, while Amy Jugenheimer was in the right place at the right time when she scored in the 19th minute of the game off an assist by Taylor Savage.

Savage also had Bishop Snyder’s only second-half goal, an unassisted kick in which she split two defenders and collided with goalkeeper Iris Cruz. Her shot bounced of the head of Cruz and landed in the net.

“She’s a speedy striker,” O’Brien said about Savage. “What she lacks usually is a little bit of touch. She put a great first touch on the ball and charged downfield.”

Not only will Bishop Snyder enjoy its first District 4-3A title, the Cardinals will have home field advantage against Jacksonville Episcopal in the first round of next week’s regional playoffs.

Keystone Heights will have to play on the road at Jacksonville Bolles on Thursday.

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