MIDWAY – Stopped on scoring chances right before half and immediately after the break by Rickards goalie Desteny Sanchez, the Godby girls soccer team finally broke through in the 47th minute.
Sanchez thwarted Cougars forward Jade Daniels and Alexis Nelson, but could do nothing on some chaos in the box off a corner kick in Monday afternoon’s District 2-2A quarterfinal at East Gadsden.
Godby’s one goal in a 1-0 win was awarded to Jaiylah Jackson after the ball bounced around in the six-foot box and eventually wound up in the back netting. The Cougars (10-11) advanced to face top seed Florida High (19-4-2) today at 5 in a district semifinal.
Rickards ends its season at 4-8. The Raiders missed wide on a six-foot shot in the 55th minute and a breakaway chance in the 75th, but received sound defensive play from center back Rhea Reyes, Rickards’ only senior.
“We lost nine players from last year, a lot of veteran experience with most of them four-year starters,” Cougars coach Chelsea Parmer said. “Now, we start five freshmen, but we won 10 games, which is more than we had last year. We had so many corner kicks today, we just needed to take advantage of the opportunities. Finally, we capitalized.”
Taylor County 8, East Gadsden 0
The Bulldogs scored six first-half goals in keeping the Jaguars winless on the year. With East Gadsden packing in defensively, Taylor County held possession on its half nearly the entire game and bombed away on its target.
Taylor County improved to 13-4-1 after getting four goals from Madison Parker, three from Jessie Gregory and one from Kimberly Villagomez. The Bulldogs are now bracing for a third game this season with Wakulla.
“We tried to get as many girls in for practice,” Taylor County coah P.J. Piland said. “I think we’re in good shape. Our girls have never beaten Wakulla. It’s a mindset thing. We’ve held own for quite a while, then they grab a lead, and we lose it mentally. We have to overcome that mindset to be successful.”
Wakulla 9, Madison County 0
Wakulla (15-11) beat Madison County in the nightcap, setting up a semifinal game with Taylor County. The War Eagles dropped the Bulldogs twice during the regular season by wide margins. The winner has a strong likelihood of playing Florida High in the district final.
Haleigh Martin and Karlee Strickland scored two goals each for Wakulla, which had five others score a goal apiece.
“We just need to maintain discipline,” War Eagles coach Nick Reed said. “As we get closer to Florida High, we need to believe that we can win, even though they won twice in the regular season. We have to believe that the championship is just as much ours to win.”
District 2-1A tournament:
Lafayette Mayo 2, John Paul II 1
A stunning second half and a last-minute goal by the fourth-seeded Hornets eliminated the fifth-seeded Panthers.
John Paul II scored first in the seventh minute on a penalty kick after a takedown in the box. Panthers junior midfielder Jackie Galabek took the PK to nail down a 1-0 lead.
John Paul II was saved with two minutes left in the first half when a defender saved a shot on the right post that got past keeper Olivia Samper on the angle.
But Lafayette forward Sonia Contreras tied the game in the 44th minute, slipping through JPII’s middle defense to take a one-on-one shot.
Hornets goalie Erica Maya then made a game-saving stop in 60th minute on Galabek, who attempted to make her second PK of the game but was denied.
On a flurry of activity in the box in the final two minutes, Lafayette forward Kourtney Monroe flicked a shot that lofted just over Samper, sending the Hornets to Wednesday night’s semifinal at 7 against top seed Maclay (9-5-3).
“It’s unfortunate,” Panthers coach Thomas Fulton said. “One goal lead, they’re able to tie, momentum shift stopping the PK, last two minutes get a lucky bounce. But we fought hard all year with no subs. I couldn’t be more proud of these girls.”
Rocky Bayou 8, Franklin County 0
Port St. Joe 7, West Gadsden 0