CLEARWATER —Shorecrest won the two regular-season matchups with Indian Rocks Christian and continued its physical style of play Friday night, dropping the Golden Eagles 3-1 to claim the A-6 district title at Calvary Christian.
Shorecrest’s aggressive style was successful even if it pushed the confines of good sportsmanship. The Chargers were whistled for 13 fouls to IRC’s seven, and the Chargers (20-2-1) racked up five yellow cards — including one for their sideline.
The skill, however, was there and on full display for the first Charger goal. Midfielder Chris Lovesky got the steal from an attacking Golden Eagle and sent a deep ball streaking into the IRC half where teammate Kalju Jake Nekvasil caught up to it and buried it far post.
“I took the first step, took the ball around the defender and then I saw KJ downfield,” Lovesky said. “He scores on everything.”
Lovesky did not understate it as Nekvasil would score again on a feed from Lovesky to make it 2-0. Taylor DeGeare nailed a 20-yard shot to put the Chargers ahead 3-0. IRC (11-9-1) finally got on the board when Tyler Margan hit one from just inside the 18.
The last 20 minutes were plagued by leg cramps, fouls and yellow cards but the Chargers held on and will host a region quarterfinal Thursday.