Girls soccer: 3A-9 final

The Marauders' keeper is solid all night, shutting down Berkeley Prep.

Published January 19, 2008

CLEARWATER - In allowing a mere four shots on goal, Clearwater Central Catholic's defense locked down the Berkeley Prep scoring attack in the Marauders' 2-0 win. Whatever shots did happen to slide through, CCC goalie Mackenzie Kehner was able to clean up.

But if it wasn't for a bit of divine intervention early in the second half, Friday's final could have had a much different outcome.

With CCC (13-5-3) clinging to a 1-0 lead as Berkeley (9-10-3) mounted a full-scale assault on the Marauders goal, the Bucs' Whitney Hang drilled a low shot toward the far post that beat Kehner. The ball deflected off the post, however, right back to Kehner, who provided a few more anxious moments by juggling the ball before a CCC defender cleared it away from danger.

"That," CCC coach Tom Typrowicz joked, "was our guardian angel coming out and moving the goal post for us. If they could have gotten that goal and made it 1-1, that would have been a big difference right there."

The opportunity was the best Berkeley would have to score all night. It was also the last.

"If that goal would have went in, it would have changed the game," said Berkeley assistant coach Jen Martin, who assumed head coaching duties after Ken Roberts was given a red card in the Bucs' double overtime, semifinal win Wednesday.

CCC took control after the second water break, missing narrowly on a number of opportunities before putting the game away in the final two minutes on Lindsey Cooper's redirection into the net. It was Cooper's second goal of the night

"We were spent," Martin said, adding that one of the Bucs' best players, freshman Taylor Richardson, was competing in a national tournament in Texas and not available. "Wednesday's game took a lot out of us."

Berkeley will travel to Bishop Verot on Thursday for a region quarterfinal.