Raiders, Wave win semifinals
Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 11:56 p.m.
ALACHUA — Despite wet and cold playing conditions, the top two girls soccer teams in District 5-2A each picked up semifinal victories on Wednesday night.
No. 2 seed P.K. Yonge blanked third-seeded Keystone Heights, 2-0 in a game played through a misting rain for much of the contest. Santa Fe, the No. 1 seed, trailed early, but dropped No. 5 seed, Fort White 4-1 in the nightcap of the doubleheader at Raider Field.
Allison Mervau had an assist and scored her 100th career goal as P.K. Yonge, clinched its seventh straight regional playoff appearance. The Blue Wave (18-1-3) will face host Santa Fe (14-1-1), which secured its fifth consecutive regional playoff berth, in Friday's district title game at 7 p.m.
“I am very proud of them, especially on a night like tonight. It is not easy to play soccer when it is raining and the field is wet,” said P.K. Yonge first-year coach Marshall Blair. “It came down to resilience on the girls' behalf.
“The second goal, it was her (Mervau's) 100th and it was an amazing goal, but it also cushions the win. We are onto a regional, which is always the goal.”
Anya Bernhard gave the Blue Wave a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute, before Mervau provided the final margin in the 57th minute. Indians goalkeeper Brittany Delay (10 saves) blocked Mervau's initial shot from about eight yards away, but Mervau was able to knock in the rebound for her milestone.
The Blue Wave outshot the Indians 12-3, who were looking for their 12th playoff appearance in the last 13 years.
“It is always tough to lose. The girls played well and they knew they were coming in against a team they had lost to twice,” said Keystone Heights coach David McCollum. “The girls have nothing to hang their heads about. It was a good season.”
In the second game, Fort White jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute. Rebecca Onorati blasted a free kick from 40 yards out. She put the shot right on target, and Santa Fe goalkeeper Jayanti Moy had the ball go right through her hands and into the back of the net.
The Raiders, who outshot the Indians 12-4 on the night, evened the score in the 37th minute. Amy Phillips scored from about seven yards away on the right side, beating Indians goalkeeper Ali Wrench, who played tough and ended with eight saves.
But the second half belonged to Santa Fe. Summer Bromenschenkel tapped in a corner kick from Jordyn Register in the 42nd minute, while Suzanne Anderson scored off a feed from Register just two minutes later to make it 3-1. Register iced the game vs. the Indians (14-8-2) in the 58th minute with a goal on an assist from Phillips.
“In the beginning, we came out a little bit cold. It was just a slow start,” said Santa Fe first-year coach Bill McDavid. “I am very pleased with the effort.
“But that was part of the speech a the end of the game. We can't come out like that (on Friday).”
Fort White was looking to reach the regional playoffs for the first time since 2009.
“We had that tough (quarterfinal) game against Newberry on Monday night. We played 97 minutes,” Fort White coach Perry Sauls said. “We don't have much depth, and it catches up with us. I think we just ran out of gas.
“For us to be 14-8-2, I am very proud of the girls.”
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