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Hurricane Watch: Sisters pack 1-2 punch as PHU wins tournament

Countryside’s Tanya Bawkins (12) and Palm Harbor U.’s Anja Decker have the same idea as both go after the ball. The host Hurricanes had a dominant tournament, outscoring opponents 18-1.

JIM DAMASKE | Times

Countryside’s Tanya Bawkins (12) and Palm Harbor U.’s Anja Decker have the same idea as both go after the ball. The host Hurricanes had a dominant tournament, outscoring opponents 18-1.

PALM HARBOR — Friday's Hurricane Watch final between Palm Harbor University and Countryside turned into a family reunion of sorts for sisters Zoe and Paige Lombard.

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The back of the Cougars' net served as the host.

Zoe registered a hat trick and Paige added another score and an assist to account for all four PHU goals in the Hurricanes' 4-1 win over the Cougars.

"It was really neat," Zoe said. "I didn't play last year because I tore my ACL, so playing with her is pretty awesome."

Zoe, a senior, is a standout playmaker on a team filled with them. Paige, a sophomore, started as a freshman at forward last season as the Hurricanes won their fourth state championship.

Because of a knee injury that kept Zoe out for the 2008-09 season, the sisters have yet to play on the same team until this year, save for a few club competitions.

PHU's Catherine Brinkman headed a pass into the open for Zoe, who tracked the ball down and outraced the defense to score the first goal 10 minutes in.

Paige scored just before the half to give the Hurricanes (12-0-1) a two goal lead entering the break after skillfully one-touching the ball into the net after a long pass from Renee Huy.

Zoe sent a rocket from distance into goal four minutes after halftime to make it 3-0. Countryside's Thea Linkfield answered immediately to bring the Cougars (9-2) within two scores, but Zoe's third goal with seven minutes remaining was the clincher.

In three tournament games, the Hurricanes surrendered just one goal and outscored opponents 18-1.

"Our defense played tremendously. Without them, we would have never gotten where we are," Zoe said. "Cina (Salemi), Shannon (Walisch), Colleen (Lynch), all those girls in the back definitely held it. They didn't let anything get through. They did an amazing job."

PHU and Countryside meet again in both teams' return from the holiday break, Jan. 5 in a pivotal district match.

"We're excited to play them when we get back," Countryside coach Rob Saltz said. "I think it's going to be a different game."

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Hurricane Watch: Sisters pack 1-2 punch as PHU wins tournament 12/18/09 [Last modified: Friday, December 18, 2009 10:25pm]

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