Keystone wins dramatic district championship
Published: Friday, January 18, 2013 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 12:08 a.m.
ALACHUA — In the two regular-season meetings split between Keystone Heights and Santa Fe this winter, there was a combined total of seven goals scored in the first match and five in the second contest.
So Keystone Heights coach David McCollum wasn't surprised to see nine goals scored in Friday's District 5-2A championship match.
The coach was also pleased that his Indians held on for a 5-4 victory in what was an entertaining match on a brisk night at Raider Field.
Morgan Gibbs scored a goal and dished out two assists as the Indians (18-3-1) claimed their first district championship since 2009. Madison Colaw and Raychel Trimble each added a goal and an assist for Keystone Heights, which will host Crystal River in Wednesday's Class 2A, Region 2 quarterfinals.
“I was just glad to be on top,” McCollum said. “Between these two teams, that is the way both teams have scored, with that kind of firepower, really for the whole season.
“It is always tough on the defense in a district (championship) game. This is a tremendous group.”
The Indians, who beat the Raiders 5-2 the first time and lost 4-1 the second time, got going right away. Trimble scored in the third minute, before Taylor Martin answered at the other end, tying the score at 1-1 just a minute later. Gibbs then put the Indians ahead 2-1 by burying a rebound in 10th minute, only to see Briana Thomas score five minutes later on a shot that was misplayed by Indians goalkeeper Haley Arzie.
Colaw then found the back of the net from about 10 yards out in the 22nd minute to give Keystone Heights a 3-2 edge. Julia Osteen, with four minutes left in the first half, headed in the ball off a nicely placed corner kick from Gibbs, giving KH the two-goal advantage.
Three minutes into the second half, Susanne Anderson ripped a shot from just inside the top of the 18-yard box, pulling the Raiders (17-6-1) to within 4-3. However, the Indians struck back in the 48th minute as Hannah Crane scored off a nice cross by Gibbs.
Martin provided the final margin for the Raiders when she knocked in a rebound in the 79th minute.
KH outshot Santa Fe 14-12. Arzie finished with eight saves for the Indians, while Raiders keeper Hannah Shankman stopped nine shots.
The Raiders, will be making their sixth straight regional playoff appearance as they travel to Ocala Trinity Catholic, state semifinalists a year ago, on Wednesday.
“We had opportunities, they had opportunities, unfortunately for Santa Fe, we were one touch short, two or three times and that made the difference,” said Santa Fe coach Ken Murphy. “I'm extremely happy that they get another opportunity to come back out and play as a unit and see what what we've learned from today.”