Mustangs' duo haunts Scorpions again in girls soccer final, 2-1

Mustangs' duo haunts Scorpions again in girls soccer final, 2-1


Mustangs' duo haunts Scorpions again in girls soccer final, 2-1



If Merritt Island and Satellite meet for the third time this season in the girls soccer regional playoffs in two weeks, the Scorpions can increase their chances by closely shadowing Karly Denaburg and Kellie Krygier.

Or perhaps by simply making Krygier wear a hat.

The Mustangs’ sophomore headed a winning shot into the Scorpions’ goal with nine minutes to play in the Class 3A, District 12 championship on Bayside High’s field. It came off a free kick by Denaburg and gave top-seeded Merritt Island a 2-1 victory.

“I’m just looking for the back post, really, anybody that’s standing open,” Denaburg said. “Luckily, Kellie was there.”

She had been there on Oct. 28, too. That’s the night the Mustangs opened the season with a 1-0 win over the Scorpions. Again, it was a Krygier header.

That got Merritt Island on a five-game winning streak to open the season, and on Friday, the combination helped the team earn its fifth consecutive district championship.

This time, the Mustangs had trailed at halftime 1-0. Satellite, the No. 2 seed, had not allowed Merritt Island to get into its offensive attack.

“They were compressing space,” Mustangs coach Scott Carswell said. “They did a good job of locking us into one area and not letting us out.”

After halftime, Carswell’s team came out more aggressively and dominated possession of the ball for the next 25 minutes.

Two minutes into the second half, Denaburg took a pass from Keli Lindquist and put it into the back of the net, waist high near the right post. That tied the game at 1.

“We were never worried,” Krygier said. “I had hope in every one of our players. We had so many opportunities to score (in the first half).”

But the Scorpions had the only first-half scoring on a goal by Anna Griessler.

Both teams will open regional play with quarterfinal games Thursday. The Mustangs will be home against Lake Wales, while Satellite will play at Auburndale. The two winners will then meet in the regional semifinals. The state tournament will be played in Melbourne at Eastern Florida State College beginning Feb. 5.

Thursday’s regional quarterfinals

Class 4A

New Smyrna Beach at Melbourne

Viera at Lake Nona

Class 3A

Lake Wales at Merritt Island

Satellite at Auburndale

Class 2A

Lake Highland Prep at Cocoa Beach

West Shore at Bishop Moore

Class 1A

Fort Meade at Holy Trinity


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