Celtics mercy rule Raiders in regional quarters
Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 10:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 10:29 p.m.
OCALA — Ken Murphy knew exactly what his girls were in for when the Raiders dropped a 5-4 decision to Keystone Heights in last week's 2A-5 District final — a first-round regional date with Trinity Catholic.
The Santa Fe coach got precisely what he feared in Wednesday's 2A regional quarterfinal as the host Celtics invoked the mercy rule with an 8-0 win in just one half of play.
“Unfortunately we dropped districts, which meant we had to face (Trinity) in the first round,” Murphy said. “We all know Trinity Catholic has a solid group of girls — well-coached, great discipline — so we knew what we were getting into. We ran into a buzzsaw tonight.”
The explosive Celtics got a hat trick from senior Tabby Tindell (3 goals, assist), a pair of goals each from Alyssa Eashoo (2 goals, 2 assists) and Abigail Camargo (2 goals, assist), and a goal and two assists from Briana Camargo.
It was a continuation of Trinity's dominant postseason run that started with last week's 2A-6 title that saw the Celtics outscore league foes by a combined 28-0.
Murphy tried to pack it in defensively to give his young squad a chance, but there was simply no answer for the attacking Celtics, who fired 29 shots to just one by Santa Fe.
“We tried to bunker in on them early,” Murphy said, “but they overcame everything we tried to do with their skill.”
Keeper Hannah Shankman did her best to keep the Raiders in it, recording eight saves against a steady barrage of Celtic shots.
But ultimately the 16-2 Celtics, who Murphy said “should no doubt make it to the state finals,” were too much for a rebuilding Santa Fe squad that finishes the season 17-7-1.
“We have a lot of freshmen and sophomores, so we're building for next year,” Murphy said. “It's been a lot of fun. These are nice girls and they work very hard. I think these girls will take it to a different level next year.”