St. Johns CD, Ponte Vedra advance to defend titles

St. Johns Country Day senior Ellen Crist came up with the biggest goal of her career Friday night and punched the Spartans’ ticket back to the Class 1A title game.
St. Johns defeated host Lakeland Christian 1-0 in the state semifinals to earn a chance to defend its 2012 state title.
With 22:38 to play in the game, Spartans keeper Kendall Perkins booted a 65-yard punt that caught Crist on a breakaway. Crist beat a defender and landed a 30-yard bomb in the upper 90 of the net to break the scoreless tie.
“Both teams played well enough to win,” St. Johns coach Mike Pickett said. “It’s unfortunate that someone had to lose.”
The Spartans (23-1) are the only team to defeat Lakeland Christian (26-2-1) this season. They beat Vikings 2-1 in December. more