Wave girls soccer falls short of regional final
Published: Friday, January 27, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 12:46 a.m.
P.K. Yonge knew its chances against Ocala Trinity Catholic were pretty slim going into Friday night's Class 2A, Region 2 girls soccer semifinal.
The visiting and unbeaten Celtics have steamrolled through the regular season and easily disposed of Santa Fe in a half on Tuesday in the regional quarterfinals.
Despite falling to Trinity Catholic 6-1 on Friday, Blue Wave first-year coach Marshall Blair tried to look at the positives of the match, such as his team played the entire 80 minutes and scored a goal.
Considering most of the Celtics opponents haven't done either, he said he was proud.
“The result is not what you want,” Blair said. “We are not happy about losing. But if you look at the result we got and compare to other teams who have faced them, I'm very proud of my girls. They didn't give up. They fought the entire 80 minutes, and I'm definitely proud of them.”
Trinity Catholic (22-0-1) jumped on the Blue Wave early, getting a pair of goals from Alyssa Eashoo, and another from Tabitha Tindell to open a 3-0 lead with the match barely five minutes old. But P.K. Yonge (20-2-3) hung in there and shut down the Celtics for the remainder of the half.
“They got three quick ones on us, and kind of came out and shocked us,” Blair said. “We knew they had a lot of high scorers on their team, and we tried to play a heavy defense. I think for the last 30 minutes or so of the half we did a really good job settling them down and stopping them.”
Trinity Catholic was definitely the aggressor from the start and had 22 shots at goal compared to none for P.K. Yonge at the half.
That pace continued in the second half, with Tindell getting her second goal of the night, and Abigail Camargo adding a pair for the Celtics. But just when it looked like Trinity Catholic's goalie was going to have the night off, P.K. Yonge senior Allison Mervau drilled a midfield shot off a penalty kick for the Blue Wave's only goal in the 69th minute.
It was also P.K. Yonge's only shot at goal, compared to the Celtics' 44.
“We would have liked to have had more opportunities, but we were playing so defensively tonight that really wasn't going to happen,” Blair said. “We've done something that a lot of teams haven't done against them this year, we played 80 minutes, we didn't get mercy-ruled and we scored a goal against them. Call it a moral victory if you want, but I'm proud of the girls.”