TenBroeck lifts Suwannee soccer to district title

Published: Friday, January 22, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 12:03 a.m.

NEWBERRY — Suwannee girls soccer coach Bill Harris said that he was a little concerned about his team settling down during the early stages of Friday night's District 5-3A championship match against Santa Fe.

The Raiders did come out and controlled the contest early on, but the Bulldogs responded and took advantage of scoring opportunities like a team with an undefeated record should.

Freshman Jessie TenBroeck scored twice during a five-minute span in the first half as Suwannee blanked Santa Fe, 2-0 to claim its first district title since 2004.

Amber Morgan and Shannon Wood each had an assist for the Bulldogs, who improved to 17-0-2. Suwannee will be making its first regional playoff appearance since 2007 as it will host Crystal River in Thursday's Region 2-3A quarterfinal.

Santa Fe (11-6-1) is in the postseason for the third straight season and will travel to Ocala Trinity Catholic for its opening-round match.

“What we've accomplished tonight was for the girls to play as a team,” said Harris, who is in his second year as the Bulldogs coach. “I was very pleased with the effort. It was a lot of fun. The girls had fun.”

After the Raiders controlled the ball for most of the first 12 minutes of the match, the Bulldogs started to put pressure on Santa Fe goalkeeper Kamala Bogle, who finished with four saves on the night. In the 18th minute, TenBroeck took a wide open shot from about 10 yards away that Bogle stopped. But a minute later, Morgan was working down the left side of the field and crossed the ball all the way through to the far side. TenBroeck was open and put the ball in the back of the net to give Suwannee the 1-0 edge.

In the 24th minute, Wood was racing down the right side of the field and delivered a pass to TenBroeck. The forward knocked the ball out of the air and past Bogle for the eventual final margin.

“I learned previously that when the ball is in the air, instead of settling down, just jump up and knock it in the goal,” TenBroeck said. “I was fired up, especially against Santa Fe. It is not normal for you to even get one goal in the game.”

In the closing minutes Santa Fe had a few scoring chances but failed to beat Bulldogs' goalkeeper Autumn Summerfield, who had 10 saves. Suwannee posted its 10th shutout-win this season.

“It is very exciting,” said TenBroeck. “We're trying to get to the (Class 3A) state championship, but first we have to get through regionals.”

Although the Raiders dropped all three meetings with Suwannee this season, their season is still alive.

“Right from the beginning we were dominating the game, pretty much, then they started getting some fast breaks,” Santa Fe interim-coach Jay Bromenschenkel said.

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