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2A-10 boys soccer: Out-of-Door sneaks in goal with seconds to spare, ousts Shorecrest

ST. PETERSBURG — Shore­crest coach Jeff Diedrich started circling players' names on his hand-held roster, setting up his lineup of penalty kick takers.

With the score tied at 1 in the closing seconds of double overtime, it seemed inevitable Shore­crest's 2A-10 district semifinal against second-seeded Sarasota Out-of-Door Academy would be decided by penalty kicks.

Out-of-Door freshman Spencer Miller had other ideas, however.

Following up a shot in the final seconds that trickled past keeper Ahmed Dajani on the edge of the box, Miller hustled toward the ball as it rolled slowly in front of the goal mouth and pushed the winner into the open goal to send the Thunder into Friday's district final with a 2-1 victory.

"(Miller) was charging in, and he just bowled it in with his stomach," Diedrich said. "He basically just ran it right into the back of the net. It wasn't even really a shot."

The loss prevents the Chargers (8-6-4) from advancing out of the district tournament for the first time since the 2002-03 season.

Shorecrest got on the board early in the second half when Phillip Meylan rose up high for a corner kick service from Alistair Flynn and headed the ball into goal in the 46th minute.

Out-of-Door (11-1-3) answered 10 minutes later when Kevin Harvey worked around a Shorecrest defender at the top of the box, curled to his left and sent a low liner toward the far post out of Dajani's reach. Out-of-Door continued pressuring Shorecrest's goal through regulation and into both overtime periods.

The Thunder faces top-seeded St. Stephen's, a 3-1 winner over Northside Christian, on Friday.

Behind Ryan Brown's first-half goal and Matthew Unzicker's converted penalty kick with 19 minutes to play, St. Stephen's (10-6-4) took a 2-0 advantage late against Northside.

The Mustangs (8-8-2) cut the lead to 2-1 in the 69th minute on Jeremy Smith's third goal of the tournament, but a Northside own goal two minutes later sealed the Mustangs' fate.

2A-10 boys soccer: Out-of-Door sneaks in goal with seconds to spare, ousts Shorecrest 01/27/10 [Last modified: Thursday, January 28, 2010 12:21am]
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