Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Girls soccer roundup: Largo cruises to victory

LARGO — Bradenton Southeast couldn't take any offense Thursday because Largo didn't give any.

The Packers controlled possession and advanced to the Class 3A region semifinals with an 8-0 mercy-rule victory ended early in the second half.

"The scouting I got on (Southeast) was that they had a couple of very solid players and a solid all-around team," Packers coach Dan Flynn said. "But I had no idea they'd be shorthanded."

Southeast played without Daryl Bell, whose 37 goals represent 63 percent of its total, for undisclosed reasons.

Largo (13-6-4) didn't give the Seminoles (12-5) a shot — literally. It had 38 shots, 16 on net. Meanwhile, the only time Largo keeper Aubanie Higdon got near the ball was when she moved up to help the defense.

"Immediately, we put three forwards up top because we knew we could attack this team and try to put it away early," junior Kennedy Flynn said. "My game is possession. I love playing the ball through, getting other people goals."

She did that as Helena Wolfson opened the scoring in the fifth minute. Sophomore Toni Kamensky and junior Kyla Kreemer scored twice. Flynn capped a hat trick with two second-half scores.

"(After subbing liberally), I told the starters they'd have the first 10 minutes of the second half to … finish the game," Dan Flynn said.

It took only five.

Robinson 7, Tarpon Springs 0: Sam Ishee, Amanda Chromiak and Megan Bohan scored twice for the Knights (14-5).

Robinson's first goal came through a bit of luck. Ishee received the ball on the right edge of the goal, 8 yards away. She mishit her shot straight up, but the ball spun over keeper Alyssa Mastracchio and in.

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

Mastracchio made three saves for the Spongers (8-8-1).

Chromiak's goals in the 32nd and 34th minutes made it 3-0.

Class A

Calvary Christian 3, Carrollwood Day 0: Visiting Calvary, in the playoffs for the first time, prevailed behind two goals from sophomore forward Hannah Brookover.

"I think that the team is definitely pretty mature for how young they are," Calvary coach Rollin Mohler said.

Brookover scored in the 18th minute to give Calvary (14-5) a first-half lead. Libby Wissman floated a cross from the left wing toward the near post, where Brookover volleyed a right-footed shot past Stevie Schweitzer (six saves).

"The pass was perfect, and luckily, I was able to put it in," Brookover said.

Carrollwood Day (12-4-1) pressed for the equalizer with 11 minutes to go when defender Alexis Schweitzer — pushed up moments earlier — received the ball on a breakaway. She blasted a shot from 15 yards, but Kelsey Karmele (seven saves) blocked the ball away with her body.

"I was really nervous," said Karmele, who hadn't played soccer prior to this season and was the third string before injuries forced her into starting duty.

"I just kind of knelt down, and it hit me. I honestly wasn't expecting it to hit me."

Three minutes later, Calvary made it 2-0 when 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.

Brookover sealed it by putting in a rebound in the 78th minute for her second goal.

Shorecrest 6, Cambridge 1: The host Chargers relied on a quick-strike offense to cruise. Within the first 12 minutes, they had built a 3-0 lead.

"We saw Cambridge two weeks ago in the Bay Conference championship game," Shorecrest coach Neal Wolfrath said. "We won that game 3-0 and kind of had an idea of what to expect. Offensively, we controlled the tempo and were able to create a lot of chances early.

Skyler Ellenburg and Jade Caswell scored twice and Caitlin Allweiss and Sophie Wiltshire once for the Chargers.

Times staff writer Bob Putnam and correspondent Bryan Burns contributed to this report.

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