Roundup: Buchholz, Eastside capture district titles
Published: Friday, January 25, 2013 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 12:28 a.m.
JACKSONVILLE — With goals from three different players, second-seeded Buchholz rolled to a 3-1 win Friday over top-seeded Mandarin in the District 1-5A championship game at Patton Park.
Louis Allen and Diego Fisher combined for the first goal two minutes into the match to put the Mustangs on their heels.
Allen took a ball down the right side and crossed it to Fisher, who finished it for the quick lead.
About nine minutes later, Buchholz took a free kick and Mandarin keeper Mark Darling bobbled the ball. John Schratt was there to put the shot away for a 2-0 lead.
Late in the game, Mandarin pushed up its defenders, and Allen took advantage, getting loose, splitting two defenders and finishing the insurance goal in the 75th minute.
Mandarin's goal came early in the second half when Jeinson Gonzalez took a shot that bounced off the keeper and Kacper Grzeszczak put it away to pull the Mustangs within one score.
With their first district title since 2001, the Bobcats earned home-field advantage for Wednesday's regional quarterfinals at Jonesville and will host Spruce Creek, which lost to Flagler Palm Coast 2-1 in the District 2 final. Mandarin will have to travel for the first round.
District 5-3A: Another year, another district championship.
Just as it had done the year before, Eastside knocked off Belleview 3-1 to claim the District 5-3A title in Belleview.
The top-seeded Rams (20-2-2) saw sophomore forward Joseph Malu score two goals, while Alex Fethiere assisted on two goals to lead the Rams.
Freshman David Lopez scored the first goal for EHS with 21:32 left in the first half when he received a pass from Fethiere.
Malu's first goal came with 10 minutes to go before the half. His second goal came off a rebound attempt where Belleview goalkeeper Shy Smoker saved the Rams' initial attempt, but Malu was there to hammer home the rebound to make it 2-1.
“We didn't play our best game we could possibly play, but that being said we dug in there and grinded our way,” Eastside coach Ron Messick said. “I was proud of our effort, Belleview is a good team.”
The Rams will host the loser from the Citrus and Leesburg's District 6 match.
— The Times-Union contributed to this report
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