Raiders boys soccer wins district


Published: Friday, January 27, 2012 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 12:32 a.m.

ALACHUA — The Santa Fe boys soccer team claimed its first district title since 2003 in dramatic fashion on Friday night.

Senior Joey Davis buried a penalty kick in the 79th minute to lift Santa Fe past P.K. Yonge 1-0 in the District 5-2A championship match at Raider Field.

As soon as the final whistle blew, a wild celebration from the Raiders players ensued which also included first-year coach Dave Silva receiving a water cooler shower.

Santa Fe (19-5-3) will host Pierson Taylor in Tuesday’s Class 2A, Region 2 quarterfinals, while P.K. Yonge (10-10-1) will travel to Crescent City.

“I am so proud of these guys and everything we have done this season. I am speechless,” Davis said. “It is awesome.”

After splitting the two regular-season meetings, both clubs went back and forth in what was a physical affair. With two minutes left in the second half of a scoreless contest up to that point, Santa Fe’s Marcus McCoy set up for a corner kick on the right side. He served the ball in front of the goal and the ball was cleared. However, the referee blew his whistle and issued a yellow card to the Blue Wave’s Hunter Eskew, who was tangled with Santa Fe’s Jorge Garcia on the near side of the goal. Because the foul occurred inside the 18-yard box, the Raiders were awarded a penalty kick to the dismay of the P.K. Yonge bench.

Davis, who broke his left arm in the season-opener against P.K. Yonge, drilled the penalty kick right down the middle, underneath P.K. Yonge’s diving goalkeeper, Sebastian Galindo-Hamsho. But there was another whistle. One of Santa Fe’s players lined up outside the box was called for encroachment, for stepping inside the box during the kick. On his second attempt, Davis, who returned to action two weeks ago, hit a shot to left the corner. Galindo-Hamsho dove for and got a hand on the ball, but it was hit hard enough and was deflected into the back of the net.

“It (the second attempt) made me twice as nervous,” said Davis, a captain. “I had to know that I was going to make it. I had to have confidence. It was just excitement.”

Santa Fe outshot P.K. Yonge 8-1 on the night as the Raiders defense did a good job of slowing down Nick Cattafesta, who leads P.K. Yonge with more than 30 goals. Galindo-Hamsho finished with seven saves.

The Blue Wave, who received five yellow cards on the night, also saw their coach Chris Coley sent off with a red card after disputing the crucial penalty call.

“All I saw was the ball played across the net and I look up and I see contact made between the two players off the ball on that side of the field,” said Coley, who said he thinks he’ll be suspended for Tuesday’s match due to the red card. “Then all I see, that he pointed to the spot and the card has been issued to our player.

“I was very pleased with the effort, I think it was a great game played on both sides, I just wish it didn’t end the way it did.”

Silva, obviously was pleased with the outcome for his team.

“It wasn’t pretty, when you play for district championships it is not going to be pretty because both teams wanted to win,” Silva said. “I am really proud of our players.”

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