Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Girls soccer: Motivated CCC edges Seminole 2-1

CLEARWATER — Clearwater Central Catholic wanted to be known as the county's best team. It, admittedly, had its minds on Friday's home game against Seminole during Wednesday's 0-0 tie with Berkeley Prep.

Against the Warhawks, the Marauders demonstrated why they are in the ESPN Rise Fab 50 poll, pulling out a 2-1 victory over a squad without leading scorer Sierra Lelii and starters Alex Gunt and Gina Hayduke.

"(The tie) was kind of a wake-up call," said Kaitlin Parker, who put CCC up 2-0 on a header off a high-arcing pass from Kelly Shanahan 15 minutes into the second half. "We learned from that game that we have to play every game with the same type of intensity no matter who we play."

The Warhawks (15-2-1) can only imagine how different the game would have been with Lelii, who pulled her hamstring playing for her club team last week. Although Seminole was outshot 26-16, the visitors made things difficult.

After being held without a goal for most of the first half because of the outstanding play of keeper Jackie Aiosa, senior midfielder Jen Marzi put CCC (12-0-1) on the board. She gathered a pass from Lindsey Cooper just outside the penalty box, spun the ball around with her right foot and rifled a shot with her left that sailed into the right corner of the goal.

"We were ready to go, and it didn't matter who was playing for them," Marzi said. "We wanted to play with a different focus than we had (against Berkeley). We definitely wanted to prove that we had the best team in the county."

The Warhawks' tying goal in the first half was wiped out by offsides. Melanie Benner gave them their only goal, in the second half, with a low line drive off a rebound past Caroline Larach. The Marauders then stepped up the energy even more and had several chances to score. Marzi nearly adding two more goals, and Cooper hit Aiosa on three point-blank shots.

"I think we showed a lot of character in how we battled without the others," said Aiosa, who made 11 saves. "The way we continue fighting … will definitely help us down the road."

Girls soccer: Motivated CCC edges Seminole 2-1 01/08/11 [Last modified: Saturday, January 8, 2011 12:23am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Bucs journal: Kicker Nick Folk has up and downs against Jaguars


    JACKSONVILLE — If the Bucs had hoped for a drama-free night in their kicking game, they'll have to wait another week.

    Bucs kicker Nick Folk celebrates one of his two made field goals against the Jaguars, but he also misses a field goal and has an extra point blocked.
  2. Bucs top Jaguars behind strong first half



    There is a reason why the air in Tampa Bay is filled with playoff talk. If Thursday night's 12-8 Bucs preseason win over the Jaguars is any indication, it's also going to be filled with footballs thrown by quarterback Jameis Winston.

    Doug Martin gets the Bucs’ only touchdown  on a 2-yard run, squeaking past linebacker Telvin Smith in the first quarter. He has five carries for 30 yards.
  3. Rays journal: Archer has strong outing, with two mistakes

    The Heater

    TORONTO — Two pitches RHP Chris Archer didn't execute are the ones that stood out Thursday as Josh Donaldson hit them out of the park. But the two solo home runs aside, Archer turned in a sterling outing that went atop the pile of good pitching the Rays keep wasting.

    Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) works during the first inning. [Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP]
  4. Tim Tebow continues wowing fans as he wraps up bay area games


    CLEARWATER — Tracey Fritzinger has seen Tim Tebow play baseball a few times this year. The 40-year-old St. Petersburg resident went to two of his games against the Tampa Yankees, along with Joy, her little sister from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

    St. Lucie Mets outfielder Tim Tebow, middle, hangs out in the dugout during Thursday night’s game against the Clearwater Threshers at Spectrum Field, the last of St. Lucie’s eight-day trip to the Tampa Bay area.
  5. Rays vs. Mariners, 7:10 Friday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Mariners

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun, 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Austin Pruitt (50) in the dugout during the ninth inning of the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays on Opening Day at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, April 2, 2017. The Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 7-3.