East Lake defense steps up to shut down rally

TARPON SPRINGS — In typical fashion, East Lake came out with lots of pressure, lots of speed and ended up scoring lots goals.

There was a penalty kick by Megan Kelly. A pretty little chip shot by Emily Cady. A dazzling run and score by Madison Del Duca. And a rebound goal from Brooke Cicero.

There was not, however, a lot of drama.

Not yet, anyway.

With 10 minutes remaining, however, Vero Beach’s Alana Hockenhull made a long run and scored. Then a penalty kick with six minutes remaining pulled the Indians within a goal.

Voila! Drama.

“I think we got a little too comfortable,” said coach Sergei Stopek.

But with a chance to host a Class 5A state semifinal and keep a dream season going, the Eagles proved they were resilient. They staved off two good scoring opportunities down the stretch and held on for a 4-3 win Tuesday night. more