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Soccer: Newsome looks flawless while shutting out Freedom
By BRANDON WRIGHT, Times Correspondent
Published December 12, 2007
TAMPA - It all came together for Newsome on Tuesday night against Freedom.
The Wolves owned the midfield, scored the only goal they would need with flair and cemented the backline for another shutout.
But it was during postmatch interviews the exclamation point came.
"Our loss to Bloomingdale was a fluke," Newsome midfielder Ana Cate said. "And I want you to print that."
Visiting Newsome (9-1) came out firing on all cylinders and locked up the top seed in the 5A-8 tournament with a convincing 3-0 win against Freedom (7-3-1).
Freedom pasted Bloomingdale 4-0 Nov. 29 before the Bulls beat Newsome Dec. 4 1-0, the Wolves 'lone loss.
The first strike of the night was the prettiest. Ashley Evers took a ball down the right flank and sent a perfect cross to Hannah Rainey, who one-timed it in during the fifth minute.
Cate ran the midfield with her deft touch, keeping possession tilted in Newsome's favor. The junior also ran under a long ball from Kristen Kapustaik and struck in the 75th minute for a 2-0 lead.
"That pass," Cate said, "was a sick ball."
And the Wolves' defense, their calling card all season, pitched a shutout. Sweeper Morgan Sammons and stopper Rudi Rodriguez, who got the final strike on a 30-yard free kick, were strong in front of keeper Kendall Graham.