Monday, December 18, 2017
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Girls region soccer: Robinson doesn't let up vs. Tarpon Springs

TAMPA — In scouting Class 3A region quarterfinal opponent Tarpon Springs, Robinson coach Billy Helms noticed the Spongers tended to start games slowly.

So Helms' pregame message to his team was simple: shoot early and often.

Robinson responded by scoring in the fourth minute, and the Knights continued piling on goals throughout in a 7-0 blanking of Tarpon Springs (8-8-1).

Robinson's early goal came through a bit of luck. After solid buildup, junior Sam Ishee received the ball on the right edge of goal, 8 yards away. Ishee mishit her shot straight up into the air, but the ball spun over Spongers' goalie Alyssa Mastracchio (three saves) and into goal.

"It just kept spinning and spinning and went in the back of the net," Ishee said. "I was so excited."

In the 32nd minute, Amanda Chromiak dribbled the ball down the right wing on a breakaway and slipped a shot under Mastracchio to put the Knights up 2-0. Two minutes later, the Knights (14-5) fired several shots at the Tarpon Springs goal, two of which were saved off the line by Spongers' defenders, before Chromiak again found the back of the net with a rebound shot.

"Third goal, they were done," Chromiak said. "We knew we had them at that point."

Right after halftime, the Knights' Megan Bohan stole a pass near midfield and blasted a shot from the edge of the 18 for a four-goal advantage.

In the 44th minute, Bohan scored off a corner kick, fighting through a scrum in the box to slide a shot into goal.

"We worked on a lot of corner kicks this week," Helms said. "Just put it in the mixer, see what pops in, and we just had a player put a foot on that ball."

Ishee became the third Robinson player with two goals with her score in the 47th minute. Sara Jennewein got on the score sheet in the 60th minute. Laura Osorio had three assists.

Class 2A

Tampa Prep 2, Lakeland McKeel 1: Abby Bravo scored twice in a span of 10 minutes as shorthanded Tampa Prep held off pesky visiting Lakeland McKeel.

"We were a little panicked (Thursday) and had some trouble finishing," Bravo said. "But all in all, I think we did fine. And we won."

Tampa Prep (11-8-1) played the majority of the game without leading scorer Darla Harrison, who left early with a quadriceps injury. Coach Cindy Schofield said she expects Harrison to be available Tuesday, when the Terrapins host Holy Names.

"At this point in the season, there is no time to rest," Schofield said. "She'll be fine."

With Harrison out, Bravo picked up the slack. The senior, mostly a back-line player, scored her sixth and seventh goals of the season.

"Abby has been awesome," Schofield said. "She's leading this team on and off the field."

Bravo's first goal came in the eighth minute. She settled a ball near the left corner of the 18-yard box, cut across the field and turned toward goal. Keeper Soleil Baker blocked the initial attempt, but Bravo corralled the rebound and walked it in.

Cierra Terry tied in the 16th minute with a looping strike from just inside the box. But Bravo answered one minute later. Harrison hit the crossbar with a shot, and Bravo was there for the tap-in.

Said Bravo: "Right place, right time."

Holy Names 6, Lake Placid 0: The Jaguars (16-2) easily rebounded from their second loss of the year in a dominant road victory. AHN's goals came from six players: Julia Lester, Julia Metzger, Audrey Cooper, Gabrielle Tremonti, Olivia Ferrone and Hannah Menendez. The Jaguars' fifth shutout in their past six games sets up Tuesday's game against Tampa Prep, which beat the Jaguars 2-0 in the district final.

Class A

Calvary Chr. 3, Carrollwood Day 0: Calvary Christian prevailed behind a stout back line and two goals from sophomore Hannah Brookover.

Brookover scored in the 18th minute to give Calvary (14-5) a first-half lead. Host Carrollwood Day (12-4-1) pressed for the equalizer in the second half and nearly capitalized with 11 minutes to go when defender Alexis Schweitzer — pushed up into the attack moments earlier — received the ball on a breakaway. She blasted a ball at goalie Kelsey Karmele (seven saves) from 15 yards, but Karmele blocked the ball away with her body.

Three minutes later, Calvary secured the win after freshman Kaylyn Burroughs led a counterattack down the middle of the field, dribbling from the midfield stripe to deep inside the box and ricocheting a shot off the goalie and in.

"Calvary finished their chances and we didn't," CDS coach Donna Holyman said.

Shorecrest 6, Cambridge Christian 1: Shorecrest relied on a quick-strike offense. Within the first 12 minutes, Shorecrest had built a 3-0 lead. Skyler Ellenburg and Jade Caswell each had two goals, and Caitlin Allweiss and Sophie Wiltshire each had one.

Times correspondent Brandon Wright contributed to this report.

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