Santa Fe, Keystone out of boys soccer playoffs
Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 12:24 a.m.
ALACHUA — The Santa Fe boys soccer team was dealt the same hand this year as it got last year: the Pierson Taylor Wildcats.
Unfortunately, the result was the same.
The Raiders, for the second consecutive year, followed their District 5-2A championship with a state regional quarterfinal loss to Taylor. On Wednesday, Santa Fe lost to Taylor again, this time 1-0.
“I wanted this so bad,” said Santa Fe goalkeeper Joggie Kovie. “It is so frustrating. Same exact thing as last year.”
The Wildcats dominated the time of possession in the first 40 minutes, constantly peppering Kovie.
All of the 12 shots Taylor (12-5-1) got off in the first half were on net.
“The defense was having trouble settling in with this team,” said Santa Fe senior Jorge Garcia. “We had to adjust to the way they play. They are a fast team; fast on the ball and fast passing.”
Santa Fe (16-4-3) managed just five shots in the first 40 minutes.
Despite Taylor’s possession dominance, it looked like Santa Fe jumped out to the led at the 33:10 mark when Garcia found the back of the net. He was, however, called for offsides.
Five minutes later the Raider defense finally broke. Taylor’s Ricardo Vargas beat Kovie inside the final two minutes of the half.
The possession time in the second half was close to equal. Garcia had a second opportunity at 58:25 when he was left alone in the box. He missed high, but it didn’t matter though.
Garcia again was called offsides.
“I overreacted after the first (offsides) call so I had to watch myself,” Garcia said. “But it encouraged me to want to score even more.”
“It is frustrating because you see a kid score and you think it’s a goal, especially when it happens twice,” said Santa Fe head coach Dave Silva.
The Raiders went on attack mode late.
Two free kicks just outside the 18-yard line by Alex Garcia were blocked though and Taylor held on.
“It is so frustrating,” said Jorge Garcia. “After all the hard work we put in over the summer trying to get to this point and all the dedication the team put in, it is a pity to see it go down like this.”
CRESCENT CITY 5, KEYSTONE HEIGHTS 1: At Crescent City, the Raiders outscored Keystone Heights in the Class 2A, Region 2 regional quarterfinals.
On Saturday, they’ll play host to Pierson Taylor, a 1-0 winner over Santa Fe, in the regional semifinals.