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Hurricanes fall but have much bigger concern

Citrus loses 2-0 to Land O'Lakes but might be without its leading scorer for the rest of the season.

By STEVE LEE, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 22, 2002


LAND O'LAKES -- Citrus might have sustained a loss much worse than anything host Land O'Lakes doled out in Monday's hard-fought battle between two highly ranked teams.

Leading scorer Jessica MacDonald (28 goals, 10 assists) might be lost for the season after injuring her right knee blocking a shot by Tara Eugenides during the second half of the Gators' 2-0 victory.

"It wasn't the ball you heard pop. It was her knee," Eugenides said of MacDonald, who broke her right leg in 2000 while playing club soccer.

"She kept screaming, "Not again. Not again."'

MacDonald was taken to Citrus Memorial Hospital. The Hurricanes hope to know her condition today.

Citrus' Sonya Segars and Land O'Lakes' Jessica Gagnon also left the game after bumping heads during the second half.

Segars sustained a cut above her right eye while Gagnon had a welt above her forehead.

"The tougher the teams you play, the more physical the games are," said Land O'Lakes coach Vicky King, who last week earned her 200th career victory.

"I thought we were hurting with the injuries we had," Bogart said, alluding to knee injuries that kept Julia Brandtner and Kalli Grimes out of Monday's game. "We're really struggling now."

Land O'Lakes and Citrus entered the game 16-1-1. Both are ranked in the top 10 of the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Class 2A poll. Land O'Lakes is fourth, Citrus sixth.

"This is a great test," Bogart said.

"They move the ball around good. We're not used to teams moving it around that good."

Stacy Bishop and Casie Poyssick moved the ball around well enough for the Gators to take a 1-0 lead in the 28th minute.

Bishop dribbled the ball at the top of the box until feeding Poyssick, who banked in a shot off the left post.

In the 38th minute, less than two minutes after hitting the crossbar, Poyssick scored her 31st goal of the season by tucking the ball inside the left post off of a cross from Amanda Gulino.

Citrus' Amber Presnick nearly spoiled Shannon Aitken's shutout, but she was stuffed by the Land O'Lakes keeper in the final minute on a shot from close in.

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