A-7 GIRLS: St. Petersburg Catholic needs four OTs and two penalty-kick rounds for a 4-2 win.
By LAURA LEE
© St. Petersburg Times, published February 7, 2003
ST. PETERSBURG -- After four overtimes and two rounds of penalty kicks to advance to the semifinals, Keswick Christian wasn't about to lay down for St. Petersburg Catholic.
And after 80 minutes, the Crusaders walked off the field, laughing, smiling and celebrating as if they'd gotten the 4-2 win instead of the Barons, who escaped with a trip to today's district championship and next week's region quarterfinals.
"We held them. That was what kept us in the game," Keswick coach Joy Mootsey said.
With 8-0 and 7-1 losses to St. Petersburg Catholic (17-4-1) earlier this season, the Crusaders packed bodies in the back to slow down the Barons. Keswick (13-9-2) was led by the play of seventh-grade goalie Katelyn Goffe, who was tested all game, making smart plays on the ball.
"We're glad to get through this game," SPC coach D'Arcy Clarie said.
The Barons got a quick start. Lena Mullaney scored in the seventh and eighth minutes on assists from Melissa Smith. A minute later, the Barons had what looked to be another goal when they drew a penalty kick. But Goffe made the save.
The Crusaders got on the board off a free kick in the 17th minute. Kristen Weldon took the shot just outside the arc, sending it high into the net.
"We kept telling ourselves we needed to take it seriously, but we got a little slow on the field," Mullaney said. "It just seemed like our hearts weren't in the game as much as they should have been."
Mullaney added another goal for the Barons before the half, but the two-goal margin wasn't a safe lead. St. Petersburg Catholic scored four minutes into the second period, but the Crusaders responded a minute later when Weldon drilled a penalty kick.
St. Petersburg Catholic continued its attack, taking several shots on goal, but the Crusaders held the Barons the rest of the game.
The Barons will play No. 2 seed Sarasota Cardinal Mooney (15-5-1) in the final at Shorecrest at 7 tonight. The Cougars beat Shorecrest 4-0 in the earlier game. The Chargers (13-7-2) held Cardinal Mooney to one goal in the first half, but the Cougars, who had a strong passing game, finally pulled away.