Santa Fe girls soccer seeks run at regionals

Published: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 12:36 a.m.

After claiming its second district championship in three years on Friday, the Santa Fe girls soccer team will look to ride that emotion from its dramatic win as it hosts Crystal River in tonight’s Class 3A, Region 2 quarterfinal.

The Raiders (18-5-1) played for about two-and-a-half hours, which included two overtime periods and two rounds of penalty kicks, before pulling out the thrilling 3-2 (6-5 in penalty kicks) championship win.

Senior forward Lindsey Rivas scored two second-half goals and also buried her penalty kick attempt to propel Santa Fe to its second win over Suwanee in three meetings. Can the Raiders, who are in the regional playoffs for the fourth straight season, ride that momentum as they host a regional playoff game for the second time in three seasons?

“We won district, which was our first goal,” said senior midfielder Naomi Lux, who has 19 goals and 17 assists this season. “We beat Suwannee, which was pretty much our goal for the whole season.

“We put a lot into that game, but getting as far as we can in regionals is really important also.”

Rivas, with her team-leading 34 goals and 25 assists, and Lux, along with freshman Jordan Register (11 goals, eight assists), make the Santa Fe offense go. But senior Ashley Bromenschenkel anchors the Raiders defense, which did a good job, especially in the second half of limiting Suwannee’s top scorers Shannon Wood and Jessie TenBroeck.

“I make all of the defensive calls,” Bromenschenkel said. “I try to make sure everyone is marked up, sometimes things get mixed up on defense. I like being in control and I like knowing what is going on.”

With Crystal River (15-8-1) coming to Raider Field, Santa Fe faces a club that won at Suwannee in last year’s regional quarterfinals. The Pirates, who are in the regional playoffs for the second time in school history, lost 8-0 to Ocala Trinity Catholic in Friday’s District 6-3A title game. Santa Fe won’t be surprised by Crystal River, which has a similar offensive philosophy to Suwannee.

“I heard from my teammate that plays on Trinity Catholic, from my club team, she (Ashley Coley) was telling us a little bit about Crystal River,” Rivas said. “She said that they just try to play the ball over the top. It is pretty much just like what Suwannee did, and we are prepared for that.”

Senior midfielder Shelby Buxton, junior forward Jayme Lamb and freshman goalkeeper Jayanti Watson have also contributed to Santa Fe’s success this season. Now the Raiders, in their sixth overall regional playoff appearance, are still without a regional victory.

“I think we can definitely change that. I know these girls can,” Santa Fe coach Erik Nystrom said.

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