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Historic win puts Hudson in regionals

For first time in Hudson girls soccer history, season isn't over at the district tournament.

By JOHN C. COTEY
Published January 18, 2007


NEW PORT RICHEY - For the first time in Hudson girls soccer history, the Cobras' season isn't ending at the district tournament.

Continuing their unlikely run to the first playoff appearance in team history, the Cobras dominated Zephyrhills Wednesday night at Des Little Stadium, winning 7-1 to advance to the district final.

Hudson will meet Springstead, a 3-0 winner over Pasco. Any other year, the Eagles would be the story, having finally advanced to the final after four years of failure despite being the district's No. 1 seed.

But the perennially hapless Cobras continue to thrive, getting two goals from Michelle Lang and Brittany Maniatis to improve to 17-5-1 and extend its school record for victories in a season.

"It's unbelievable," said senior forward Ashley Schuering, who scored her 30th goal in the first half to make the score 2-0.

The Bulldogs (13-7-2) were coming off a hard-fought and physical overtime win Tuesday night and showed the effects. Kristen Vollmer's goal, her fourth in two nights, made the score 2-1 in the 16th minute but Lang netted her second a few minutes later and the rout was on.

The top-seeded Eagles (19-4-1) were just as dominant against Pasco, outshooting it 23-7 and controlling action for an overwhelming majority of the contest. Christina Anthony converted a perfect cross from Angela Passafaro in the seventh minute to make it 1-0, then added another in the second half when she blasted one through from 18 yards to complete the scoring.

The Pirates finished 11-10-2.

Class 4A, District 6

BELLEVIEW - Lecanto came into the tournament with only two losses in the district, both against Belleview. Both teams won easily Wednesday to set up one more matchup Friday night at 7, this time for the district title.

No.3-seeded Citrus played No. 2 Lecanto close early, controlling the ball with crisp passing. Mistakes soon ruined any hope the 'Canes had of upsetting their rival as Lecanto got two easy goals on the way to a 3-0 victory.

In the 18th minute, a free kick by Lecanto defender Erin Carpenter was first deflected toward the net by a Citrus defender, then goalkeeper Kelsey Keating rolled as she fell on the ball, allowing the ball to scoot into the net to give Lecanto a 1-0 lead.

Lecanto star forward Natalie Burnett was quiet most of the game, defended by Candace Smith. When the 'Canes failed to clear the ball completely in the 29th minute, however, Burnett got her only one-on-one opportunity of the night, beating Keating to put the Panthers up 2-0.

In the second game, No. 1-seeded Belleview had some sloppy errors early, but No. 4 Crystal River was unable to convert its opportunities and the Rattlers rolled 4-0.

"It's been a problem all season getting that initial goal," Crystal River coach Bill Reyes said. "We never got on the board."

Jenna Bachmeyer scored near the beginning of each half, in the second and 43rd minutes. Midfielder Ali Shaw weaved through Pirate defenders all night before scoring on a penalty kick in the 68th minute after a Crystal River foul inside the box.

Phil Kegler, Times correspondent