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Girls soccer: Newsome tumbles in overtime at Class 5A region final

LITHIA — Defender Morgan Sammons buried her face in her hands. Midfielder Ana Cate crumpled to her knees. Time had run out on Newsome.

Brittany Trawick scored in overtime Friday as visiting George Jenkins ended Newsome's girls soccer season for the second year in a row at the Class 5A region final, this time 1-0.

"That was a great game," Newsome coach Kelly Townsend said. "They're not undefeated for nothing."

This was the third straight season Newsome and defending state champion Jenkins (25-0-1), ranked No. 2 in the ESPN RISE national poll, met in the playoffs. The Wolves won the 2007 meeting on their way to a state final four appearance.

"That was great region final," Jenkins coach Joe Lenard said. "My hat's off to Newsome; they have some fantastic players."

Newsome (23-4-1) had trouble getting its offense in rhythm, thanks in large part to Jenkins midfielder Kayla Bala. The Florida-bound senior neutralized Newsome's strength and linked well with her strikers.

"We didn't test their keeper enough," Townsend said. "It was a pretty even game, but they had some good chances."

None better than the final shot from Trawick, who connected in the 87th minute.

"That was absolutely superb," Lenard said. "It was a world-class strike. I knew it was in as soon as it left her foot."

It brought an end to a fantastic four-year run for Newsome's core group of seniors — Kendall Graham, Ashley Evers, Cate and Sammons — that made four trips to at least the region final.

"It's hard to imagine them not being here," Townsend said.

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Girls soccer: Newsome tumbles in overtime at Class 5A region final 02/06/09 [Last modified: Friday, February 6, 2009 11:25pm]
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