District soccer: Pasco 3, Wesley Chapel 2
WEEKI WACHEE – For the second straight season, Pasco snatched victory from the jaws of defeat and sent Wesley Chapel home disappointed in the Class 3A, District 7 championship game.
Despite going down 2-0, the Pirates scored three unanswered in the second half to edge the Wildcats 3-2 for the district title at Weeki Wachee.
“There is so much fight in this group,” Pasco coach Jose Hernandez said. “We’ve been down so many times, but they never think we’re out of it.”
Wesley Chapel (15-4-2) has yet to solve Pasco (16-0-2) since last season’s title match. The Pirates took home a 2-1 overtime win over Wesley Chapel in last season’s district final, and won the series with a 3-3 tie on the road and a 5-3 win at home. Much like the 5-3 contest where Pasco scored five unanswered goals, the Wildcats could not stop the Pirates late on Friday night.
Only five minutes in, Wildcats senior Lauren Campoe took a pass over midfield and lined a shot from over 30 yards out. The ball went right by Pasco keeper Caelie Spicer (three saves) and into the back of the net.
With only 10 minutes left in the first half, the Pirates (15-1-2) fell into a 2-0 hole when Wesley Chapel junior Victoria Mitchell stole the ball at the top of the box and before shooting one past Spicer for her team-leading 33rd goal of the season. Mitchell missed the previous two district tournament games for personal reasons.
Pasco standout Jordyn Kadlub broke up the shutout with 27 minutes left in regulation. Streaking down the center of the field, the sophomore drove the ball over the head of aggressive Wesley Chapel keeper Samantha Gasbarro (11 saves).
After threatening for most of the second half, the Pirates tied it up with only 12 minutes left when Nathalie Sawzcuk made a move in front of the net to beat Gasbarro. Only six minutes later, Kadlub knocked in her 50th goal of the season, and most likely the most meaningful of the year, beating Gasbarro at point blank range for the winner.
“Coach (Hernandez) told us at halftime that once we got one (goal), two or three would follow,” Kadlub said. “He was right.”