Buchholz sweeps twin bill against Eastside

Buchholz High's Havana Solaun dribbles the ball past Eastside High defender Jennifer Kizza during a game at Citizens Field in Gainesville on Friday.

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Published: Friday, January 14, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 12:11 a.m.

The Buchholz boys and girls soccer teams swept a doubleheader from city rival Eastside on a chilly evening at Citizens Field.

Havana Solaun scored four goals and had two assists as the Bobcats downed the Rams 6-2 in the regular-season finale for both clubs.

The Florida commitment led the way as Buchholz (17-1-1) continued its dominance over Eastside (14-5-2). The Bobcats, who shut out the Rams in their first meeting at the end of December, have only lost to the Rams one time in the last 11 years.

But it was the Rams, who struck first as Sarah Collings knocked in a rebound from in close for the 1-0 lead in the 10th minute. That seemed to jump-start the Bobcats, who responded with five unanswered goals in a span of 10 minutes.

“That is a good example of the potential we have as a team, everybody wanted it,” Solaun said. “Right when that goal was scored, you could feel the whole team understand, like, all right, let's go.

“It wasn't so much of a can we do this, it was like it is time to do this.”

The 5-foot-9 Solaun tied the contest at 1-1 in the 12th minute and assisted on Alex Stanojev's goal two minutes later. Stanojev, a Stetson commitment, was falling down 15 yards from the goal on the left side as she hit a shot past Eastside goalkeeper Grace Chrzanowski, who came out to challenge.

In the 19th minute, Solaun dribbled along the end line and scored right over Chrzanowski for the 3-1 lead. In the next minute, Kim Sapienza, who is also committed to play for the Gators, took a pass from Solaun, spun and ripped a shot from 15 yards out on the left side that beat Chrzanowski. Solaun then beat Chrzanowski (nine saves), a first-team all-area selection the last two seasons, on a one-on-one chance from 10 yards out for the 5-1 cushion.

Jennifer Kizza ended the run as she scored on Buchholz keeper Carolyn Fouts, a first-team all-area volleyball player, eight minutes before halftime.

In the the 57th minute, Solaun scored her 89th career goal on a breakaway to provide the final margin in what was a physical match.

“We knew it was going to be physical because it is a crosstown rivalry, Eastside vs. Buchholz,” Sapienza said. “Me and Havana had a lot of fun, especially in the first half scoring some goals.”

Both clubs will be in district tournament action next week, with their sights set on the postseason.

“Some things have been coming together for the past few games,” Eastside coach Emily Ott said. “A win is what we are looking for of course, but it is also a learning process.”

In the nightcap, the Buchholz boys team rallied from a one-goal deficit to post an emotional 2-1 win over Eastside.

T.J. Fillmer gave the Rams (19-3-1) a 1-0 lead as he ripped a shot from 18 yards out straight away that found the back of the net. Eastside carried the 1-0 lead into halftime, but the Bobcats (13-4-3) equaled things just four minutes into the second half.

Rams goalkeeper Alon Krauthammer (six saves) made a leaping save, but Buchholz's Jonny Evans was at the right spot and buried the rebound to deadlock the match.

Both clubs went back and forth, until Devin Nordqvist raced down the left sideline and delivered a nice shot from 18 yards away that landed inside the right post. The goal, which T.J. Atchison assisted on, provided the eventual final margin in the 74th minute and also ignited a celebratory dog pile from the Bobcats.

Eastside did have some chances down the stretch but could not cash in. Fillmer was tripped up inside the box late in the game, but no penalty was called to the dismay of Eastside coach Ron Messick.

“The game was back and forth, you have to be prepared for ups and downs and hopefully you'll get calls,” Messick said. “You can't fault effort on either team.''

But the win was a big one for Buchholz, which lost 2-0 to the Rams in the Bobcat Invitational championship game a few weeks ago.

“This is huge,” said Bobcats coach Kyle Konkol. “The last time they dug a little bit deeper than us and tonight in that second half, we pulled it out. “I knew they wanted it more than anybody else.

“It means a lot to these guys.”

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