Region soccer: Carrollwood Day 3, St. Petersburg Catholic 2
CARROLLWOOD — Down 2-0 to undermanned St. Petersburg Catholic, which fielded just 10 players for Thursday night’s Class 2A region quarterfinal, host Carrollwood Day rallied for a 3-2 comeback win on Katrina Lenis’ natural hat trick.
“God I was stressed. Don’t do that again,” Carrollwood Day coach Donna Holyman told her players afterward.
In winning their first-ever region playoff game, the Patriots improved to 17-2-1 while the Barons’ season ended at 10-6-1.
“It’s a huge step in a positive direction for the program,” Holyman said. “The next step is you win the next game. We’ve got nothing to lose now.”
Next up is Shorecrest Prep, which beat St. Petersburg Catholic in the A-6 final.
Lenis, who entered the game with 23 goals, scored three times in the game’s final 15 minutes. All three were unassisted with the junior center-midfielder dribbling into the penalty box before beating goalkeeper Madison Young.
On the first goal, Lenis said, “I was mad at that point. It was 15 minutes left and we were down 2-0.”
Two of Lenis’ goals were low shots and the middle one was drilled into the upper 90 part of the net on the right side.
“(Young is) a good keeper, so I knew I had to place it,” said Lenis, who earlier this season had a hat trick, but not a natural one.
Elizabeth Miehl gave the Barons a 1-0 lead on the lone goal of the first half. St. Pete Catholic went ahead 2-0 on a goal-mouth scramble with Elena-Maria Whitlock credited with the goal.
St. Petersburg Catholic played without four key starters. Miranda Coughlan and Brittany Martin are out injured, while Isabella Ponzo and Shannon Harrington are in the nation’s capitol for the March for Life, which marks the 44th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision.
“The played amazing for just 10 players,” Barons coach Melissa Boggess said. “They gave their hearts.”