VALRICO — In front of a full set of bleachers, Newsome’s Claire Kartheiser picked the biggest stage to score her first goal of the season.
The Wolves sophomore intercepted an ill-fated Bloomingdale clearing attempt in the 13th minute and took a moment to settle the ball before launching a shot from about 15 yards out the landed in the right corner of the Bulls’ net.
That early goal proved to be the difference as Newsome beat Bloomingdale 1-0 to win the Class 5A, District 7 crown Friday night.
“It was great,” Kartheiser said. “I just saw the ball coming at me, and I just took it. When I got open, I just took a shot, and it happened to go in.”
Bloomingdale (12-6-1) had its chances throughout the contest. At the beginning of the second half in the 44th minute, junior Mary Ann Barrett floated a corner kick into the middle of the box, and junior Elyse Fontecchio’s header went just over the crossbar.
In the 55th minute, senior Sierra Siegel landed an on-target shot that drew Newsome goalkeeper Alexis Smith out of the net to make a diving save. And in the 66th minute, it was Barrett who poked a header just a few feet too high.
“We had a lot of good chances and just didn’t score,” Bloomingdale coach Sue Peet said. “We had a better second half than first half and gave them a run for their money. We just couldn’t capitalize on the chances we created. That’s the difference; that’s soccer.”
As the district champion, Newsome (17-2-1) next faces East Lake, which lost to Palm Harbor University 1-0. The Wolves have advanced to the region quarterfinals in all nine years the school has been open. Bloomingdale will take on Palm Harbor University.