Prep standout goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin has been called up for a U.S.
Women’s under-17 team training camp to be held in Argentina in early
Plant edges Bloomingdale
VALRICO - Bloomingdale has spent years facing its toughest
district competition in the form of Newsome, but a move in class and
district this season left the Bulls with a hole to fill. Thursday night that
hole was filled by new 6A-8 rival Plant.
The first meeting between Plant and Bloomingdale as district opponents
didn't disappoint, with both teams matching up well. The Panthers got the
better of the chances in the match and were able to capitalize late with a
Connor Zwetsch goal to take a 1-0 win.
Sharks strike first
was one of the most anticipated regular season games this season in North
Florida, matching the Sharks' defense against the Bears and goal-scoring
juggernaut Sam Scalf.
The result, and the top spot in District 4-4A, was all Ponte Vedra's.
"The one thing about our team is we can be beaten , but you've got to earn
it," said Ponte Vedra coach Dave Silverberg, whose team is 3-0 overall and
1-0 in district play.
The lone score of the game followed a missed Bartram corner kick, and the
Sharks went coast to coast with the deflection.
Klassman is one busy person.
a time when many high school athletes choose to specialize in one sport,
Klassman has excelled in several. We're talking soccer, cross country,
volleyball, basketball, socer, softball and tennis.
Her efforts have earned her a pretty big honor--she's Florida's female
winner of the High School Heisman.
The High School Heisman, however, doesn't just focus on what athletes do
on the field. Nominees are scrutinized for academics, as well as community
and school involvement.
Miami-Dade County high school girls' soccer capsules
Lady Dolphin soccer team
The Gulf Breeze Lady Dolphin soccer team split a pair of matches to open
the 2009 season last week. Gulf Breeze beat Pensacola High 4-1 before losing
2-1 at Panama City Mosley.
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Panthers attack 'Canes, win on soccer pitch
The Lecanto girls soccer team rode a Kylie Fagan goal and
possession-oriented defense to a 1-0 victory over the Citrus Lady ‘Canes on
Monday at Citrus High School in their first district game.
The match looked like it would become a convincing Panther victory early
in the second half. Midfielder Kylie Fagan turned a spot-on assist from
Lecanto forward Becca Beadwin into a crushing back-of-the-net strike in the
44th minute to give her team a 1-0 lead.
East Lake loss motivates Plant
TAMPA - Last season ended for Plant with three corner kicks
that led to East Lake goals in the final 20 minutes of the region
quarterfinals. With a 2-0 lead at the second-half water break, things looked
good for the Panthers, but all that changed when East Lake's Tatiana Perez
put in three late goals and the Eagles ended Plant's season, 3-2.
Wolves take shootout to win Lady Wildcat Invitational
– A season after falling in a penalty shootout to Plant, Newsome gained a
measure of revenge as it turned the tables on the Panthers, earning a 5-4
victory in a shootout that went to the seventh shooter after the two sides
had played to a 2-2 tie in regulation in the final of the Lady Wildcat
Invitational at Wharton High on Saturday afternoon.
After the Panthers had missed their shot in the seventh round, Kassandra
Cobb gave the Wolves victory, driving a well-struck shot into the right side
of the goal out of the reach of Plant goalkeeper Lauryn Bodden.
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Countryside rallies to hold off East Lake
EAST LAKE — Countryside entered the 2009-10 season with promise,
especially after the Cougars knocked off defending Class 5A state champion
Palm Harbor University in the preseason.
Eager to prove that win wasn't a fluke, Countryside looked to its matchup
with East Lake on Thursday to show how much it had improved since a
disappointing season in 2008-09.
GBHS season starts this week
Ryan Davenport knows
the perception exists. In fact, he welcomes it.
A Gulf Breeze High graduate and a former Dolphin soccer player, Davenport
is the new coach of the Lady Dolphin soccer team. He takes over a team that
lost, arguably, its best group of seniors in school history. But he warns -
don’t think the cupboard is bare.
“I hope that people sell us short or think we’re ‘down,’ cause they’ll be
in for a surprise,” Davenport said. “We have so much depth on this team.”
Panthers slip past Pirates
The Lecanto varsity girls soccer team won 2-0 at Crystal
River on Wednesday night in a match that featured two squads working out
their kinks early in the season.
“We started out flat tonight after playing a game last night,” explained
Panther head coach Roselle Seda.
“But it’s a county rivalry so the blood started to flow as the game went on.
We started to take more chances on shots.”
Mitchell soccer slow to get started but puts away
TRINITY — After outscoring teams 10-4 in the preseason, Mitchell had a
bit more trouble finding the back of the net in the first half of Tuesday's
season-opening game against Hudson.
But the Mustangs turned up the energy in the second half and used a 20-2
shot advantage in the second period to notch a 3-1 victory at Mustang Field.
Rutherford falls in opener
— Lisa Tonn could find little reason to be disappointed, even after her
Rutherford girls soccer team dropped its season-opening match to
The Rams lost 13 seniors from last year’s team and were working four
freshmen into the lineup. Tonn purposely scheduled the talented Indians, and
she wasn’t concerned about the 5-1 outcome on Tuesday at the Vera Shamplain
“I knew this would be a tough game, but I wanted this to get the team
ready,” Tonn said. “You get better by playing the good teams.”
Eagles team to beat
Springstead High has captured 13 of the past 16 county
championships. They've also reached regionals (7) more than any other
Hernando County program.
Yet after 18 seasons, where SHS has captured a county-best 69 percent of its
matches, it has oddly never captured one regional playoff match. None.
That may change, however, this winter as Springstead was reassigned to 5A-7.
In a cozy four-team district, SHS faces Central, Ocala-West Port and
Based on recent history on paper, Forest and Springstead should meet in the
5A-7 title game.
Sebring girls soccer 'building for two
- Sebring girls soccer coach Steve Ashley insists that he's not apprehensive
about trotting out four, five, maybe even six newcomers this season.
That should tell you a little something about this freshmen class.
"I've been at this for 24 years, and I've been on all sides of it," Ashley
said earlier this week. "We're really building for two years. We're starting
a lot of the younger players, so it's going to take them a little bit of
time to figure it out."
Miami Springs tries to reach lofty heights again
Springs coach William Drew looks at his team these days and doesn't see one
of the most important pieces of his back-to-back state tournament teams.
Forward Abby Carr, The Miami Herald's Class
6A Player of the Year last season, is graduating early and will begin
playing at Florida State in January.
Some coaches would worry about how to make up for that loss.
Jensen Beach opens with win
the last four days are any indication, Jensen Beach’s girls soccer team is
going to score a lot of goals this season.
Aubrie Strohmenger broke a 2-all tie with a goal 25 minutes into the
second half Tuesday as the Falcons defeated Wellington 4-2 in the
regular-season opener for both teams at Jensen Beach.
Lauren Gorodetsky, Taylor Townsend and Kim McInnis added goals for Jensen
Beach (1-0), which also scored four goals in preseason classic wins over
Archbishop McCarthy and St. Andrew’s.
at each of the county's teams
Steinbrenner aiming high in inaugural season
LUTZ – It’s rare for any new high school sports program to enter its first
season with the goal of hosting a region tournament game.
But for Steinbrenner High’s girls soccer team, that goal doesn’t seem at all
The Warriors take the field at Gaither on Tuesday night for their first
regular season game with a squad far more experienced than many others have
had the good fortune to field. Within Steinbrenner’s squad are a number of
players who won a district title with Sickles last season, and have the
intention of doing the same thing at their new school.
Wolves and Marauders advance at Invitational
TAMPA – Newsome girls soccer coach Kelly Townsend wasn’t expecting a big
drop-off in the expectations for the Wolves this season, even with the team
having lost nine starters from a season ago.
After a tight first half against Alonso, the young Wolves team made big
statement as they earned a 4-1 victory to open the Lady Wildcat Invitational
at Wharton High on Monday night.
Tampa Prep girls soccer coach doesn't let MS defeat her
TAMPA — Tampa Prep girls soccer coach Cindy Schofield was once the best
high school players in the state of Florida, then she rewrote the record
books at Florida State.
But last month, the 28-year-old accomplished perhaps her greatest feat.
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Heaberlin obviously couldn’t be in two places at once, but her Berkeley Prep
teammates needed her for their Class 3A region semifinal game against St.
Petersburg Catholic last season. ¶ Heaberlin, the Bucs’ then-freshman
goalkeeper, was in Miami for a U.S. Soccer U-17 supercamp. She flew home
from South Florida for just a few hours to take the net for Berkeley. She
helped win the game then flew back to Miami for morning workouts. ¶ But
Heaberlin, who at age 14 helped Berkeley to the Class 3A region final last
year, likes being under pressure. She has played in the Olympic Development
Program since she was 11. She is the only 15-year-old on the U.S. women’s
national U-17 team, a squad focused on next year’s U-17 World Cup in
Trinidad and Tobago.
The Chief priority
Gibbons girls' soccer coach Margo Flack said the pain still lingers from
Flack said she couldn't compare the feeling of her team losing the Class 4A
state championship game 1-0 (4-3 PKs) to Ponte Vedra to anything else she
has experienced. It was the Chiefs' (29-1-2) only loss.
They entered the title game as the No. 1-ranked team in the country.
"To be that close and to have it taken from them like that was hard. It
stinks. Being undefeated meant nothing, and they know that now," said Flack,
who guided Cardinal Gibbons to its first state tournament last season.
Five to watch Teams
Trail: The Bears, who move into a district with reigning Class 4A
champion Ponte Vedra, are loaded with returning talent, including seniors
Sam Scalf (59 goals, 22 assists last season), Bri Swift (26 goals, 21
assists), Chelsea Mayo (18 goals, 22 assists), defender Taylor Gillespie and
keeper Lauren Hamilton (20 shutouts).
Bolles: Last year's Class 3A runner-up lost
six starters, including All-First Coast player of the year Brooke Thigpen,
but should be solid in a four-team district this season behind Florida
commitment Caroline Triglia (31 goals, 28 assists), speedy senior midfielder
Heather Allen and junior defender Gabby Ragazzo.
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Stacey Swezey of Hudson High is ready for college
— Two years ago, Stacey Swezey doubted whether she could play soccer after
tearing the anterior cruciate ligament.
Today she is considering which college she wants to play for.
The Hudson High and U18/19 Hudson Lady Cobras captain spent the year
before last rehabbing the knee injury that she sustained during a scrimmage
against a Cobra boys team.
Skill plentiful on the pitch
this week's preseason games are any indication, the talent and competitive
fire shown by area girls' soccer teams should make for an exciting season.
The success of the area's youth recreation and competitive soccer
programs has led to an abundance of highly skilled players spread out at
The challenge, though, remains the same. High school teams seek
leadership, unity and a well-functioning system by the time the district
Fearless predictions for the upcoming
a new sports season begins, it's natural to wonder how a team compares to
the competition. Of course, predictions often look foolish in retrospect.
But it's fun to speculate and even more fun to poke fun at why Team A is
better than Team B and why Player C should get recognition instead of Player
D. This, of course, is our best guess based on speaking with coaches and
combing through last year's finish to determine the best teams, players and
games for the upcoming season. One thing is certain: The North Suncoast has
plenty of talent and maybe a team or two that could benefit from new
districts to piece together postseason wins.
A Palm Harbor University senior's final run at glory
season, Palm Harbor University forward Catherine Brinkman scored 34 goals to
lead the Hurricanes to the Class 5A state championship, the school's fourth.
With Brinkman back, along with all but three starters, the Hurricanes again
figure into the title picture, albeit in 6A after moving up a
classification. We caught up with Brinkman in between training sessions as
the senior prepares for her final high school season (PHU opens Nov. 10 at
Clearwater Central Catholic).
Does this year's team have the talent to be better than last year's?
I think so. I mean, we had Ellycia Colon and Ashlin Cook in the back, so
we lost two defenders (Colon graduated; Cook, a senior, is out for the year
after an offseason injury).
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