By Times staff writers
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 6, 2002
ST. PETERSBURG -- Arielle Orr could barely wait, wide open 10 yards from the St. Petersburg goal with Palm Harbor University teammate Kelly Kuenning controlling the ball in the left corner.
Kuenning spotted Orr and lofted a pass in front of the goal. Before the defense could converge, Orr got off a left-footed shot that trickled into the right corner with four minutes left.
"I was at the top of the box and the defender was behind me," Orr said. "I wanted the ball to come to me.
"Once I hit it I was pretty sure it was going in."
It was the only goal in a game full of near misses. The Hurricanes, 3A-11 runners-up, beat 3A-12 champion St. Petersburg 1-0 to advance to a regional semifinal.
PHU (13-6-1) plays at Durant at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Durant beat Plant 7-0 in its quarterfinal.
St. Petersburg's season ends at 16-4.
St. Petersburg goalkeeper A.J. McAllister almost got a hand on Orr's shot before it crossed the goal line.
McAllister stopped everything else PHU kicked at her, including a diving save of a Kuenning shot with eight minutes left.
Both McAllister and Hurricanes keeper Jahanna Azarian made several big saves to keep the game scoreless for 76 minutes.
Midway through the first half Azarian made a diving save on an Emily Smith shot, and McAllister barely tipped a Sara Stack shot over the crossbar eight minutes into the game.
"I thought A.J. played a great game," St. Petersburg coach Rui Farias said. "Our defense overall played well.
"We just made one mistake."
-- RODNEY PAGE
ST. PETERSBURG -- Just 11 minutes into the game, Lakewood had all but secured a spot in the regional semifinals. From that point on, Lake Wales was little more than a scrimmage partner.
The Spartans dispatched the Highlanders easily in a quarterfinal, winning 10-0 via the mercy rule. Erica Williams tallied a hat trick, Devon Wilt scored two goals and five other players scored a goal in a tuneup for next week's contest.
"I try and tell them to not get lazy. There's certain things (to work on)," Lakewood coach Darlene Lebo said. "I tell them two touches, or they've got to have X number of passes, or other things to focus on while they're also playing the game."
Lakewood (17-6-1) earned the right to a chilly practice after a seven-minute spurt early in the first half.
In the fourth minute, Williams' shot from the right side of the box was dropped at the goal line by Lake Wales keeper Sonja Smith. Less than three minutes later, Morgan Roy scored the Spartans' second goal off a rebound. Williams made it 3-0 at the 11-minute mark on a tap-in from another rebounded shot.
The Spartans added two more goals in the half, one from Shanna DiNobile, who moved through traffic in the middle of the field and blasted a high shot from 18 yards, and one from Wilt, whose shot from 30 yards brushed off Smith's hands and into the net.
Lake Wales (8-6-4) had no answer, failing to record a single shot.
In the second half, Lakewood needed just 20 minutes to end the game early. Wilt started the scoring in the 47th minute with a free kick from outside the box that sailed over Lake Wales' three-person wall and its keeper. Lauren Kelly made it 7-0 three minutes later, converting on a cross from Abbie Harms.
Smith had a hand on that shot, as well as another shot moments later from Jenny Borschel that rebounded to Williams, who cleaned it up for her third goal. The Highlanders keeper was pulled after that, but the new keeper lasted just 10 minutes, surrendering goals to Borschel and Susie Herbert.
-- JOHN SCHWARB
EAST LAKE -- Kathleen Pollard is quite familiar with free kicks.
She just isn't used to having them hit the back of the net.
"Usually, they'd hit the crossbar or go over the goal," Pollard said.
The Seminole freshman had a reversal in fortune, scoring her first goal off a free kick to help the Warhawks beat East Lake 2-1.
Seven minutes into the second-half, Pollard's kick from 30 yards floated over the outstretched arms of Eagles' keeper Jackie Justiano and landed in the upper left-hand corner of the net.
"I wasn't really paying attention after I kicked it," Pollard said. "There were a lot of people in the way, but I saw (it) in the back of the net."
Seminole (19-3-1) added to its lead midway through the second half when Heeda McAuley dribbled past a diving Justiano to score.
East Lake (14-7-1) countered in the final four minutes on a goal by Shana Hudson.
"We feel fortunate to play a good team on the road and win," Warhawks coach Steve Kuplicki said.
The Eagles, who won their district, played without Megan Balmer, a captain who had been suspended for a red card and would have been eligible to return today.
"I couldn't have asked any more from our girls," East Lake coach Andy Pitt said. "Seminole just had a good free kick that was difficult to defend against."
-- BOB PUTNAM
CLEARWATER -- Coach Tom Typrowicz stressed a couple of things before Clearwater Central Catholic played Santa Fe.
"Get into an offensive rhythm and be patient as a whole."
Fortunately for CCC, his players didn't listen. CCC routed the Crimson Eagles 9-0. The rhythm was quick, hustled along by seven impatient players wanting to advance to the regional semifinals.
Jessica Hallgren, Lisa Matuska, Nicole Matuska, Sarah Sheehan, Andra Cruickshank and Apryl Wall scored for the Marauders (both Matuskas and Sheehan scored twice).
Hallgren put CCC ahead 3-0 at the break when she hurled a throw-in 20 yards that hit the back of the net just before halftime. "Patience is something we talked about," Typrowicz said. "But I guess with 40 shots it can go either way, and it's not all that bad sometimes not to be patient."
Patient or not, rhythmic or not, Typrowicz might have to focus on health. Shortly after the start of the second half, Hallgren (the team's top scorer) went down with a sprained right ankle and will join starting goalkeeper Kristin Leyshock and two others on the bench with serious injuries.
-- ERIC MUSKATEVC
ST. PETERSBURG -- A pair of identical blasts from forward Lena Mullaney boosted St. Petersburg Catholic past Naples St. John Neumann 3-1.
With the score tied 1-1, the Barons pushed the ball into St. John Neumann territory and slipped a pass across the field to Mullaney. She dribbled past a defender and zipped the ball past the Celtics' goalkeeper to put the Barons ahead for good.
Five minutes later, Mullaney scored from the left side.
St. Petersburg Catholic (23-3-1) advances to face Lakeland Christian.
The Barons will need a focused 80-minute effort if they want to continue their march toward a state title.
Despite outshooting St. John Neumann 12-1 in the first half, the Barons couldn't come up with a goal. But, thanks to a strong defensive effort, neither could St. John Neumann.
Freshman Kathleen Howe got the Barons' offense moving with a goal that hooked away from the Celtics' keeper for a 1-0 SPC lead.
St. John Neumann answered three minutes later with a goal from forward Sarah Rosseau. Rosseau's free kick from 25 yards slipped past Brady.
-- SAM STANTURF
Shorecrest's first regional tournament game was one to forget, as the Chargers lost 10-0 to Fort Myers Bishop Verot. Bishop Verot plays at Clearwater Central Catholic next Tuesday in a semifinal.
The Chargers (15-10-1) were outshot 37-9. Bishop Verot forward Sage Sizemore scored four goals to lead the team.
"We knew it was going to be a tough game going in," Shorecrest coach Neal Wolfrath said. "They go forward all game. They just keep attacking."
-- TIMES STAFF
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