Highlanders overwhelm Pirates

Facing the same opponent as last year, Pasco suffers the same fate: a shutout loss.

Published February 9, 2005

DADE CITY - Having coached Pasco to its first district title and first playoff win last season, second-year coach Wardell Powell set a higher standard.

This year's goal: two playoff wins.

The result: a second consecutive loss to Orlando Lake Highland Prep in the region semifinal. The only difference was the lopsidedness of the game. Lake Highland bettered last year's 3-0 result significantly, with a 7-0 trouncing of the Pirates. "It's the same thing," Powell said. "Nothing's changed. I'm hoping that next year we can make it at least a step past this."

Pasco (13-8-2) beat the same foes in the district final (Hernando) and region quarterfinal (Ocala West Port) for the second year in a row. That set up a rematch with the Highlanders, who were even more impressive than last year. Lake Highland Prep out-shot Pasco 37-6 and the Pirates did not get their first shot until Jami Pass broke free down the right side and blasted a 15-yarder in the 29th minute. Goalkeeper Katie Davis, who made just two saves, handled it easily en route to her 16th shutout.

Pass had another hard shot on Davis from nearly the same spot in the 57th minute, but did not really threaten after that.

Melissa Saint James and Nakiesa Faraji scored twice for the Highlanders, who led 1-0 before scoring four goals in a five-minute span that began in the 59th minute. Valorie O'Brien had the first goal in that run with Saint James, Faraji and Jordan Kent adding scores.

Tori Schrader was Pasco's busiest player with 20 saves.

"It was fun," she said after making 13 saves in the first half.

Added Powell, "Tori pretty much kept us in there. But they're a well-rounded team. You've got to give credit where credit is due."