EHS girls soccer claims another district title

Eastside's Emma London (11), Sadie Curry (9) and Natalie Logan (12) hug each other after they defeated the Belleview High School Rattlers 3-1 Friday night in the 5-4A soccer district title game at Belleview High School.

Doug Engle/Staff photographer
Published: Friday, January 22, 2010 at 11:50 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 22, 2010 at 11:50 p.m.

BELLEVIEW — The Eastside High School girls soccer team fired on all cylinders once again on Friday night.

The Rams (22-1-0) clinched their second consecutive district title with a 3-1 win over host Belleview in the District 5-4A championship match at the Strike Zone.

“These girls have really worked hard and they deserve this,” said Eastside coach Emily Ott, whose team finished 14-0 against 5-4A opponents.

With the win, Eastside advances to the Region 2-4A quarterfinals on Thursday and will host the loser between Eustis and Harmony.

To get there, the Rams jumped to a three-goal lead and then rode strong play by goalie Grace Chrzanowski, who finished with 14 saves, including a stop on a penalty kick with just over two minutes left as the Rattlers (18-6-1) tried to battle back.

Eastside led 2-0 at halftime, as it solved Belleview's defense 25 minutes into the match.

Sarah Landauer launched a shot that Rattlers goalie Cassidy Varnum made a diving stop on, but couldn't corral, which gave the Rams' Audrey Simone a chance to outrace Jessica Flagg for and push it into the net.

From there, Sadie Curry scored on a perfectly placed indirect kick that sailed over Varnum's head less than two minutes later.

The Rams added an insurance goal just 32 seconds into the second half, as Landauer pushed the ball into the box and Curry recovered it after it was knocked away and beat Varnum for a 3-0 lead.

Eastside, which outscored Belleview 11-2 in two matches at the Strike Zone on the year, held the Rattlers' Kasie Cheney, without a shot in the first half.

“We don't really worry about what the other team does,” Ott said. “We got out and do what we do. We've got a lot of great players on this team and they played very hard tonight.”

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