Region soccer: Largo 3, Robinson 1
TAMPA — Three minutes apart. Two open nets. One team scored.
Breauna Dailey's goal — her middle score of a hat trick — was the difference as Largo defeated Robinson 3-1 Thursday night in the Class 3A region quarterfinals.
Largo (13-8-2) advances to play Osceola on Tuesday. Robinson finishes at 7-12.
Dailey snapped a 1-all tie in the 66th minute when she scored into an open net. A Packer sent a long shot toward the goal, but Robinson goalkeeper Maya Greene dropped the ball, and Dailey made the 10-yard rebound shot.
Three minutes later, Robinson missed a golden opportunity to tie. A Sarah Jennewein 30-yard free kick rifled off the crossbar, sending Largo goalkeeper Emma Schechter to the ground as she attempted to stop the shot. Regan Weil was in front of the open net for the rebound, but her header flew over the crossbar.
Eight minutes later, Dailey completed her hat trick from short range.
"I think we got too confident, and then we knew we had to pick it back up,'' Dailey said. "So we stepped up again.''
Robinson trailed most of the way after a challenging first five minutes. In the third minute, the Knights lost senior forward April Ryckman to a right knee injury. Two minutes later, Dailey gave Largo a 1-0 lead with a header off a free kick. Ryckman missed the remainder of the match with ice applied to her knee.
"April was that senior captain that really held that front pretty strong,'' Robinson coach Billy Helms said. "She was that glue that kept us going. (Her absence) hurt us obviously, but we have substituted throughout the year, and I didn't see our play drop — no matter who we put in.''
Largo dominated the offensive end in the first half, but was held to a 1-0 lead as three Packer shots rattled off the crossbar and post. In the 61st minute, Jennewein scored her 29th goal of the season on a 35-yard blast to pull Robinson even at 1.
"We don't give up when we're down,'' Helms said. "We kept going and hammering and hammering. We kept pressuring (and) eventually (Largo's defense) is going to crack.
"I respect Largo and (Packer coach) Dan Flynn so much. We could swap players and be the same team, same personalities, the same students. It makes it a little nicer to be defeated by someone you know does it right.''