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5A-11 district soccer: Seminole, goalie turn back Osceola

SEMINOLE — Osceola threw everything it could at Seminole but goalkeeper Ryan Downey wouldn't budge.

Meanwhile, the Warhawks capitalized on enough offensive chances to walk away with a 2-0 victory and a District 5A-11 championship Friday.

"I'm real pleased with the way this team has played this season," coach Rick Masi said. "We only had one starter return from last year, and to win a district title with so much youth is very pleasing."

Seminole took a 1-0 lead in the final minute of the first half with a goal from Shane Wixted, who pushed an angled shot past Osceola goalkeeper Nick Zapata.

"Shane had to work real hard for opportunities tonight," Masi said. "They were playing him very physical but he kept his composure through it all."

Osceola had several opportunities in the second half. Peter Fraser, who scored three goals in the district semifinals against Lakewood, had a point-blank look but failed to get off a strong shot.

The Warriors (7-8-1) also had three shots that hit the post and three headers that were slightly above the goal. With 15 minutes remaining in the second half Seminole freshman Tyler Zaluski increased the Warhawks' lead to 2-0.

"We had chances and the luck wasn't on our side tonight," Osceola coach Scott Peterson said. "But I think we're peaking at the right time, and I'm very confident that we will capitalize on those opportunities in the playoffs."

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5A-11 district soccer: Seminole, goalie turn back Osceola 01/31/09 [Last modified: Saturday, January 31, 2009 12:02am]
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