DISTRICT 4-2A BOYS SOCCER
St. Francis outbattles P.K. Yonge for title
Published: Friday, January 28, 2011 at 11:40 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 28, 2011 at 11:40 p.m.
St. Francis and P.K. Yonge knew they would be in for a battle when they faced off for the District 4-2A title Friday night.
After splitting the two regular-season meetings, the third encounter was physically played throughout and featured three yellow cards.
But it was St. Francis which pulled out a hard-fought 2-1 victory over P.K. Yonge to claim its third straight district championship.
Ty Murphy and Scott Plavac each scored in the second half for the Wolves (15-2-1), who erased a one-goal halftime deficit. St. Francis will host Tallahassee Maclay in Thursday's Class 2A, Region 1 quarterfinal, while the Blue Wave will play at Lafayette to open the regional playoffs.
"They're great, I am very proud of them, I thought they played a fantastic game," St. Francis coach Scott Fries said. "It was tough competition out here, we knew it was going to be tough."
P.K. Yonge (12-4-4), which lost to St. Francis in the district final a year ago, struck first. Junior standout Nick Cattafesta sped down the right side and sent a pass across the middle. Sergio Galindo-Hamsho took the feed about 15 yards out and ripped a shot past Wolves' goalkeeper Kegan Kinser (six saves) for the 1-0 lead in the sixth minute.
Both clubs went back and forth as the Blue Wave carried the 1-0 lead into halftime.
But in the 51st minute, St. Francis tied the score. Andy Ryngaert sent a free kick from about 40 yards out on the left side, to right in front of the goal. After the ball got batted around in traffic in front of the net, Murphy managed to knock it in.
"I headed it up, the goalie got a great save and punched it out, Zach (Patterson) then hit the post and the keeper came out," Murphy said. "It was definitely in traffic, it was a lucky last minute punch in with my heel."
In the 68th minute, Scott Plavac took the ball, raced 40 yards down the right sideline, got by Blue Wave defender Peter Dayton and headed toward the goal. Blue Wave keeper Chase Calvert (six saves) had to come out. Plavac faked right, which drew Calvert and then placed the ball into the empty net for the eventual final margin.
St. Francis out-shot P.K. Yonge 8-7, as both sides anticipate a fourth meeting.
"This is a great rivalry that we have going on here, I wouldn't expect anything else than to come out here and it be a physical game," P.K. Yonge coach Christopher Coley said. "I told our guys, you have to keep your heads up, we'll take this with a grain of salt, we might see this team back again and we'll be coming for them."
Fries expects to see the Blue Wave in the regional semifinals Feb. 8.
"They are that good, they are not going to have any problem with whoever they play and they will be ready when they come back," Fries said. "It will be great game."