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2A-11 boys soccer: Northside Christian hangs on to face Shorecrest

ST. PETERSBURG — The situation was all too familiar for Northside Christian goalkeeper Logan Barnett.

In the Mustangs' first regular-season meeting with Admiral Farragut, Barnett guessed wrong trying to stop a penalty kick from Sean Covington, who beat Barnett to his right side.

Barnett stored the miscalculation, waiting for the moment when the information would prove useful.

That day came Tuesday in Northside's 2A-11 district semifinal against the Blue Jackets.

With Northside clinging to a 1-0 lead, Admiral Farragut was awarded a penalty kick.

This time, sensing Covington would go to the same spot, Barnett dove right and gobbled up the attempt. That save, along with a few more spectacular stops by the sophomore keeper, propelled No. 3-seeded Northside to a 2-0 upset victory over Admiral Farragut, the No. 2 seed.

"I think if they score that goal, it's a totally different game," said Barnett, who had seven saves.

Jeremy Smith scored two minutes in to put Northside (6-7-2) up 1-0. After escaping a barrage of Admiral Farragut (7-7) opportunities soon after, including Covington's PK, Northside took a 2-0 advantage with 18 minutes left in the first half when Seth Rogers sent a free kick from 25 yards into goal.

Northside will face Shorecrest in the district final Friday after the Chargers took care of Keswick Christian (4-16-1) 6-1.

The top-seeded Chargers (16-3-3) fell behind after Kenny Lucas sent a long-range blast into goal.

Shorecrest tied it seven minutes later as Steven Ware redirected Stephen Spanos' attempt. Alistair Flynn converted a penalty kick 13 minutes later to give the Chargers the lead for good.

Phillip Meylan came off the bench and scored moments later to make it 3-1, and Spanos scored just before halftime to give Shorecrest a 4-1 lead at the break.

Spanos had two more goals in the second half to finish with a hat trick. He now has 43 on the season.

2A-11 boys soccer: Northside Christian hangs on to face Shorecrest 01/28/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 1:54pm]
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