BOYS SOCCER DISTRICT ROUNDUP

Eastside reclaims title in OT


Eastside soccer players pile up in the middle of the field after they defeated Ocala Vanguard in overtime to capture the District 4-5A title on Friday night.

Doug Engle/Staff photographer
Published: Friday, January 28, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 12:08 a.m.

CANDLER — The top-seeded Eastside Rams re-claimed the 4A-5 boys district soccer title Friday night with a 2-1 overtime victory against Ocala Vanguard at Lake Weir High School.

The Rams' Nick Vandermeer swooped in off the right wing with a minute to play in the first extra frame, banging a shot off two sets of Vanguard defenders' legs that squirted past the keeper for the deciding score.

Despite being down a player after starting goalkeeper Alon Krauthammer was tagged with a red card in the 75th minute, Eastside was able to run its district win streak to 14 games and will now play host in the regional quarterfinals.

“It was a heavyweight fight,” Rams coach Ron Messick said. “It was blow for blow all night. I can't ask for any more from my players. We were down a goal and came back, then we were down a man and found a way to get a goal in the end.”

Vanguard's Jordan Cole opened the scoring on a free kick in the 49th minute when his bending shot from just outside the box sailed through the hands of Krauthammer.

Eastside's Cheyne Lehnick answered seven minutes later with a goal off an assist from James Davis to knot the score at 1-apiece, forcing overtime.

Eastside (21-3-2) will face the 4A-6 runner-up in Thursday's regional quarters at Citizens Field.

District 3-2A: Lafayette forward Jose Rubio had a lot to live up to Friday night in Tallahassee. The senior, who scored two goals in the Hornets' 4-3 win over John Paul II in the district semifinal Wednesday, did it again, this time for the District 3-2A title. Lafayette defeated Maclay 2-1 Friday for its first district title in school history. Lafayette (9-4-2) now hosts P.K. Yonge in the FHSAA Class 2A, Region 1 quarterfinals Thursday.

“I mean, we are a new program, we took our lumps and it is good for these kids to finally get their reward,” Lafayette coach Danny Glover said.

Rubio scored the games' first goal in the first minute off an assist by freshman Ismeal Moreno. Maclay then tied it in the 22nd minute with a penalty kick by Jim Lee.

“They were pretty physical and fast, they challenged us for a bit, but our defense kept us in it,” Glover said.

The Hornets had the final sting in overtime.

Lewis Arrguin crossed a throw-in to Moreno who one-touched it over to Rubio for the winner.

“We were flat in the first half because a lot of us had the flu bug. Then, we just played our hearts out in the second half — it was a real challenge for us,” Glover said.

District 4-5A: Buchholz lost to Fleming Island 2-0 in Friday's district championship game. The Bobcats (16-5-4) travel to Tallahassee Chiles on Thursday for the FHSAA Class 5A, Region 1 quarterfinals. It will be Buchholz's first regional playoff game since 2005. Fleming Island's Cameron McMurdy was responsible for both scores, both coming off corner kicks.

“We are still very confident, we played a good Fleming Island team that hasn't lost a game yet,” Buchholz coach Kyle Konkol said. Fleming Island is now 20-0-1.

“Overall we did a nice job, I was very impressed with the way our defense played — they just seemed to have more opportunities to put the game away,” Konkol said.

District 4-3A: Keystone Heights fell victim to Crescent City's Veit Couturier's seven goal performance as the Indians were defeated 9-1.

The Indians' defense did not have an answer all night as Couturier netted all five of his team's goals in the first half.

“He was pretty good,” Keystone Height's coach Trevor Waters said. “We are just looking to regroup now and are excited to be participating in regionals.”

The Indians (11-6-5) travel to Jacksonville Bolles in Thursday's regional quarterfinals.

Crescent City (17-1-2), which beat Keystone Heights in the title game last year, has now won its second straight district championship.

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