Roundup: Buchholz girls win in quarterfinals

Published: Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 28, 2011 at 12:48 a.m.

It was like deja vu all over again for Buchholz and Chiles on Thursday night. Another meeting in the regional quarterfinals with both teams scoreless going into overtime.

Luckily for the Bobcats, it ended with another 1-0 win in a Class 5A, Region 1 quarterfinal.

"I told them to just keep up the same pressure," Buchholz coach Jim Peterson said. "Kim Sapienza anchored the defense and pretty much shut them down. They felt they had been playing better the whole game, and I didn't have a lot to say. The seniors took over and they were pumped and ready to go."

Florida commit Havana Solaun scored the golden goal for the Bobcats two minutes into the overtime. During a Buchholz attack, the ball deflected off of the Timberwolves' goalkeeper and the senior forward took it out of midair and put it in the back of the net.

Buchholz now advances to Tuesday's regional semifinals where they will travel to Orange Park to face Fleming Island, another team they've become very familiar with in recent years.

“This will be the sixth time we've played them in two years,” said Peterson, whose club defeated Fleming Island in last year’s regional semifinals.

P.K. YONGE 1, TALLAHASSEE MACLAY 0: In a Class 2A, Region 1 quarterfinal, the Blue Wave edged the Marauders and did away with the team that ended their season at the same point last year. On the deciding goal, Maclay's goalkeeper came way out of the box and failed to get a hold of the ball. Freshman Noelle Cusimano was there to slot it into an open goal. Junior Sarah Waters had 10 saves in the shutout.

Coach Pauline Hazan is happy to erase the heartbreaker Maclay dealt her team last year, but P.K. Yonge gets yet another shot at revenge when they visit St. Francis in the regional semifinals on Tuesday.

"It's redemption," said Hazan, who is making her first appearance in the regional semifinals in her sixth season as coach of the Blue Wave. "It's a huge win for us to get payback from last year, but we also lost (to St. Francis) in our district championship. Now we get a chance to play St. Francis again. Huge rivalry for us. Having the opportunity to continue on in the playoffs is priceless.”

JACKSONVILLE BOLLES 8, KEYSTONE HEIGHTS 0: The Indians saw their eighth straight trip to the regional playoffs end quickly with a Class 3A, Region 1 quarterfinal loss to the Bulldogs. Keystone Heights (12-6-2) is now 0-4 all time in the playoffs against Bolles (19-6-1). The Bulldogs, who also defeated Keystone Heights in last year's first round, will travel to Jacksonville Bishop Snyder for Tuesday's regional semifinals.

BOYS SOCCER: Chris Cornell scored the golden goal to lift Buchholz to a 3-2 double-overtime win over Orange Park Ridgeview in Thursday night's District 4-5A semifinals.

Jonny Evans scored and had an assist for the Bobcats (16-4-4), who will face Orange Park Fleming Island in tonight's district final at 7 p.m. at Ridgeview.

T.J. Atchison had an assist for Buchholz, which saw its 2-0 halftime-lead evaporate in the second half. But Cornell's season-saving goal in the 99th minute helped Buchholz clinch its first regional playoff appearance since 2005. The Bobcats will be gunning for their first district title since 2001.

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