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Wed. February 1, 2012 | Times Staff

Girls region soccer
5A, Apopka 1, East Lake 1 (4-3 in PKs):
The Eagles did a good job of marking Apopka’s top scorer in regulation. And with less than a minute left in regulation, Megan Kelly connected on a penalty kick for East Lake to send the game into overtime. After two overtimes, the game went into penalty kicks, where the Eagles fell short.

3A, Osceola 2, Mariner 1: Osceola’s Alexis Irwin scored and assisted Cassandra Smoot on the go-ahead goal in the 67th minute, as the Warriors earned a berth in the Class 3A state semifinals for the first time since 2000. Alison Watkins bent a perfect cross to Irwin, who headed it past Mariner keeper Brittany Webb-Martin in the 62nd minute to take a 1-0 lead. “In these kinds of games, you have to take the opportunity when it’s there or else it won’t go your way,” Osceola coach Anatol Popovich said. Mariner scored in the 69th minute on a breakaway by Alejandra Muro Solis, but Osceola keeper Kristina Kulavic finished strong, earning five of her eight saves in the final 10 minutes.

2A, Clearwater CC, 5, King’s Academy 1: Ahead 2-1 at halftime, the Marauders broke open the game with three goals in the second half. Alexandra Alberdi had two goals for CCC. Teammates Mallory Hansen, Kylie Harris and Kaitlin Parker scored one.

Region boys soccer
5A, Palm Harbor U. 2, Bloomingdale 0:
The Hurricanes (15-1-4), ranked fourth in the state by MaxPreps, netted the opening goal on a Robert Sennabaum penalty kick in the 47th minute. With five minutes remaining, PHU’s Kiril Dimov dribbled between four Bloomindgale defenders and snapped off a 25-yard shot.

4A, Clearwater 5, Plant City 4 (PKs): In his final prep game, Hillsborough County goals leader Cameron Roberts recorded another hat trick in a loss to the Tornadoes. Gerson Herrera added the Raiders’ other goal.

3A, Jesuit 4, Dunedin 0: The Tigers, who managed only one goal despite 20 shots in the first half, got goals from Brett Durrance, Joe Metzger and Eric Mubang in the final 40 minutes.

2A, Clearwater CC 3, Hardee 0: Jared Brown scored two goals and Kyle Curinga added a goal and an assist to lead the Marauders. The win sets up a rematch of the Class 2A, District 9 final Friday at Berkeley Prep. CCC lost to Berkeley 3-0 in the final. The Marauders led 1-0 with 10 minutes remaining before they put away two insurance goals.

A, Indian Rocks Chr. 4, Out-of-Door 0: The Golden Eagles continue to roll with another shutout in the playoffs. Cody Sitton scored twice and Jhett Urie and Tyler Margan each added a goal.

Girls district basketball
Canterbury 41, Keswick Christian 34:
The Crusaders got 17 points from Kelsey Hill and 13 from Megan Burgess to advance to the district final. Canterbury will play top seed Sarasota Christian in the final at 7 p.m. Friday. Sarasota Christian defeated Lakeside Christian 90-13.

HomeTeam Hotshots
Standout performances from Tuesday night

Alexandra Alberdi, CC Catholic: The Marauders’ leading scorer since the district tournament, Alberdi had two goals against King’s Academy and has 12 in the past five games.

Yann Cerf, Seminole: The senior scored three goals in the Warhawks’ 7-0 win over Strawberry Crest.

Jeffrey Golden, Northside Christian: Golden scored 23 and hit six 3-pointers in 61-51 win over Sarasota Out-of-Door.

By the numbers

1 Senior who scored a goal in penalty kicks for Countryside (Ryan Carter)
26 Goals scored by CCC’s girls soccer team in the past five games

Audible

“I was looking forward to Friday, is what I was looking forward to.’’
Seminole girls soccer coach Steve Kuplicki, who coached his last game for the Warhawks. He has been Seminole’s coach since 1988 and would have coached a state semifinal Friday had the Warhawks won.

Compiled by staff writers Rodney Page, Bob Putnam and Joey Knight, and correspondent Basil Spyridakos.
Standout performance? Milestone achievement? Coaches are asked to call 1-800-333-7505, ext. 8123 no later than 11 each night to ensure their team is included in our roundup of memorable performances.

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