Region soccer: Holy Names 2, Berkeley Prep 1
TAMPA — Her eyes opened wider and pulse quickened as Academy of the Holy Names senior goalkeeper Kendall Catone faced her final challenge Tuesday.
With 40 seconds remaining, Berkeley Prep's Maggie Murphy had the ball in front of Holy Names' net — less than 10 yards from a potential tying goal. It was Murphy vs. Catone with no one in between.
Murphy delivered a blast toward the net's left side. Catone moved to her right, stopped the shot with a diving attempt, and Holy Names hung on for a 2-1 victory in a Class 2A region semifinal. The Jaguars' third win of the year over the Buccaneers — all by the same score — advances Holy Names to Friday's region final.
Holy Names (17-2-2) snapped a 2-all tie in the 66th minute when Claire Obeck scored on a rebound from short range after Berkeley Prep goalkeeper Valentina Estrada had knocked away a shot from the left side by Caroline Lamoreux. Five minutes later, Obeck injured her right ankle and left the game with what Holy Names coach Kareem Escayg called a bruise. "She'll be good to go (Friday),'' Escayg said.
Catone said she had one thought when Murphy had the ball.
"I didn't want to let my team down,'' she said. "I saw (Murphy) get the ball on her feet, and she was right in front of me. I was like, 'You got to move my feet and get there.' Last-minute saves are always a big deal.''
Berkeley Prep (15-7-1) took a 1-0 lead on an Ellie Laxer corner kick in the 28th minute. Holy Names tied the score three minutes later when Hannah Menendez scored on an assist from Obeck.
"It's always a tough match vs. Berkeley,'' Escayg said. "They're a quality side. We just wanted to make sure the girls stuck to the game plan, and just play with heart. . . . That's what this program is about.''
Said Berkeley Prep coach Ken Roberts: "We had three games with (Holy Names), all 2-1. Both teams play each other well. They earned it. We had a good shot at it (on Murphy's final attempt).''