Keystone boys soccer falls short of title


Published: Friday, January 29, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 12:10 a.m.

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS — The Keystone Heights boys soccer team described its play Friday night as “the best they have played all season.”

Unfortunately for the Indians, that effort came up short in a hard-fought, 1-0 loss to Crescent City. Although the game was played in Keystone Heights, Crescent City was listed as the home team in the District 3-2A Championship. The Indians will travel to play Jacksonville Episcopal next week, while Crescent City will host Jacksonville Bolles in the first round of the regional championships.

“They’re a great team in all aspects,” junior forward Ryan Latner said. “We fought hard, but they are a tough and disciplined team that is hard to beat.”

Crescent City (17-1) scored in the 27th minute when Veit Courtier took a corner kick and placed a header into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead that proved to be the difference.

Keystone Heights (12-9-3) had several opportunities throughout with numerous shots on goal, but failed to get anything past the Crescent City goalie.

“We had some players out with our Justin Branch having a knee injury and Darby Johns going half-speed with an ankle injury,” said Keystone Heights Head Coach Trevor Waters, whose team lost to Crescent City 3-1 in the only other meeting this year. “We played our hearts out, but they were better tonight. We really expected to win because we beat them last year (in the district semifinal) and we can beat them again.”

The Indians, who have won four of the last eight district titles with the last championship coming in 2008, have not played Jacksonville Episcopal this year.

“We played as good as we have all year, but we just came up short,” senior sweeper Austin Groves said.

“They played as good as they could have, and we couldn’t score. And if you can’t score, you can’t win.”

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