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Girls soccer: 5A-8 final

By BRANDON WRIGHT
Published January 19, 2008


TAMPA - The scene was eerily similar to Newsome and Bloomingdale's first meeting. There was a first-half goal, chippy play and a number of stingy saves.

And just like the first time, Bloomingdale was victorious.

The Bulls' Nancy Davison scored in the 28th minute, which held up as Bloomingdale defeated Newsome 1-0 again, this time for the district title at Wharton. Both Newsome and Bloomingdale will advance to Thursday's regional quarterfinals.

"I'm exhausted," Davison said. "I'm really looking forward to a week off."

Third-seeded Bloomingdale (13-3-2) handed No. 1 Newsome (14-2) its only two losses of the season, the first coming a 1-0 defeat Dec. 4. But Newsome gave the Bulls plenty of bulletin-board material, telling the Times for the Dec 12 edition that the loss was "a fluke."

"I guess since this is twice, it can't be a fluke," Davison said. "And you can print that."

Following a poor clearance that bounced off a Bloomingdale player, Newsome keeper Kendall Graham was unable to corral the loose ball. It trickled away, and Davison tapped in the rebound for the game's lone goal.

"I'll call that goal opportunistic," Bloomingdale coach Sue Peet said with a smile.

Newsome pressed the attack in the second half but couldn't score. Bulls keeper Cristina Coca turned back a Kayli Kishel shot from close range near the end of the first half, Newsome's Jaime Smith hit the crossbar in the 51st minute and Coca parried away another Kishel attempt 10 minutes later to preserve the shutout.

"They had a number of good opportunities," Peet said. "Cristina was busy, but she showed some great hands."