Raiders take hard-fought title game

Published: Friday, January 21, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 12:17 a.m.

LIVE OAK — As Suwannee’s last attempt in the second round of penalty kicks bounced straight off the cross bar, Santa Fe girls soccer coach Erik Nystrom said he had a feeling of disbelief.

At the same moment, his Raiders players jumped for joy and raced onto the field to celebrate their dramatic 3-2 win over Suwannee in Friday night’s District 5-3A championship game at Paul Langford Stadium.

After the contest was tied at 2-2 after regulation, two 10-minute overtime periods and two-rounds of penalty kicks were needed to decide the third meeting between these two clubs.

Senior forward Lindsey Rivas scored both of Santa Fe’s goals in regulation and scored on her penalty kick chance as the Raiders (18-5-1) won their second district title in the last three seasons. Santa Fe, which lost to Suwannee in last year’s district final, will host Crystal River in Thursday’s Class 3A, Region 2 quarterfinal. The Bulldogs (16-3-1) will travel to Ocala Trinity Catholic for their opening-round game.

“It just seemed like it was never going to end,” said Nystrom, who received a celebratory water cooler shower. “I knew the girls could pull it out, but it didn’t seem like it was ever going to end.

“I am extremely proud of them and the work they put in and how hard they fought.”

It was a physically played game that featured six yellow cards, and both clubs went back and forth for 100 minutes of play.

Jessie TenBroeck scored for Suwannee on a breakaway in the 31st minute as the bulldogs led 1-0 at the break. Santa Fe came out fast as Rivas drilled a free kick into the back of the net from eight yards out on the left side in the 48th minute. In the 49th minute, she hit a low liner that beat Suwannee goalkeeper Autumn Summerfield and gave Santa Fe the 2-1 edge.

But seven minutes later, TenBroeck fed Paulina Maleek who scored into an empty net to tie things up as Santa Fe keeper Jayanti Watson was out of position on the play.

After a scoreless first overtime and a scoreless second overtime, which Santa Fe controlled for the most part, it came down to penalty kicks. Ashley Bromenschenkel, Jordan Register, Megan Reveille and Rivas all buried their opportunities for Santa Fe, while Shannon Wood, Marissa Morgan, TenBroeck, Amber Morgan each found the back of the net leaving things deadlocked at 4-4. In the second round of five shooters, Nadia Chapaprieta scored for the Raiders, while Camill Chambliss scored for Suwannee to tie it at 5-5. Cassie Bromenschenkel then beat Summerfield to the left side to give Santa Fe a 6-5. Marianna Rosalio was Suwannee’s last chance and she needed to score to extend the contest even further. But her shot hit the cross bar and bounced away.

Watson, a freshman, in her first year playing keeper, and Summerfield both played tough on a cool night in which they saw a good amount of shots.

“Especially it being my senior year it was nice to win,” Rivas said. “I tried my best and everyone else did their part too. It feels amazing to win.”

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