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Indian Rocks Christian eyes first girls soccer conference title

Indian Rocks Christian can win its first Bay Conference title when it travels to Bradenton Christian on Jan. 14.

"The girls are pretty excited," IRC coach Vern Kinsey said.

Two years ago, IRC lost to Cambridge in the title game.

"We lost in double overtime on about a 50-yard kick that bounced over our keeper's head," Kinsey said.

The Golden Eagles (6-5) beat Shorecrest and Northside Christian by a goal and Calvary Christian 8-0 to win the National division. Bradenton Christian (7-2) won the American.

"They have a nice squad," Kinsey said. "I think we match up favorably."

BULLETPROOF BARONS: St. Petersburg Catholic has five consecutive shutouts, including 4-0 over Bradenton Manatee on Tuesday. It hasn't allowed a goal since the first half against Seminole on Dec. 17, a span of more than 460 minutes. The Barons will be tested at 6 tonight when they host Clearwater Central Catholic, which is scoring more than three goals a game.

LELII SIDELINED: Seminole junior forward Sierra Lelii, second in the county with 23 goals, played just 10 minutes Monday against Gibbs and sat out Tuesday against East Lake with a strained back sustained during a club event in Orlando over the weekend. Coach Steve Kuplicki said he wasn't sure if she will play Friday at home against Clearwater.

SHOOTING FOR THREE: Palm Harbor U. senior forward Catherine Brinkman leads the county in goals with 29. What makes that number more impressive is she hasn't scored more than three in a game because coach John Planamenta removes players who have three goals with the Hurricanes comfortably ahead.

Asked if he's ever worried about a player tanking a goal just to stay in the game, he said, "They don't want to do that. I can tell if they're dogging it."

Indian Rocks Christian eyes first girls soccer conference title 01/06/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 10:31pm]
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