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Lakewood rolls, Seminole falls

When it comes to post-season play, Bloomingdale sophomore Christy Reccord has been music to coach Jo Garber's ears.

Reccord, the team's second-leading goal scorer with 26, scored her ninth goal of the post-season to lead Bloomingdale in a 1-0 win over Seminole on Friday night at Charlie Harris Stadium.

The win assures Bloomingdale (15-3 and ranked No. 8 in the state) of the Class 4A, Section II title, and a spot in the state tournament beginning Friday at Ft. Lauderdale's Lockhart Stadium.

It will be the first time Bloomingdale has qualified for the state tournament in girls soccer.

"Christy is one of the hardest-working players I have on the team," said Garber. "She just gets out and gets the job done. And she's a very unselfish player. She wants to get her teammates involved, and that opens things up for her."

Reccord, 15, scored six goals in two games during the District 5 tournament, and added another pair of goals against Leto in the regional.

Bloomingdale dominated throughout Friday's game, outshooting the Warhawks 36-4, and not allowing Seminole (14-6-3) a shot on goal during the second half. Meanwhile, the Bulls' offense kept constant pressure on keeper Lisa Montgomery, whose 15 saves allowed Seminole to stay close.

Ironically, after Reccord and Heather Ott forced action in front of Seminole's goal for most of the game, Reccord's score came easy.

Jenny Hill took a hard, high shot from 17-yards outside the right post in the game's 52nd minute. Montgomery tipped the ball, which then deflected off the crossbar and bounced to Reccord in front of the goal. Montgomery fell down on the play, and Reccord hit the ball into the open net.

"I was just standing there. It was a follow-up shot," Reccord said. "We call it picking up the trash. It was just instinct when the ball came to me. I kicked it at the goal. I didn't realize that the goal was empty, I just saw the net and took my shot."

Another key to the game was the play of Leslie Golden, Allison Davis and Corrie ter Mors in the Bulls' backfield. Seminole rarely managed to move the ball past midfield, and when it did the trio didn't allow the ball to stay there long.

"Bloomingdale really beat us in their back line," Seminole coach Steve Kuplicki said. "Because of the back line, they were able to force the ball at us the entire second half, and that's the reason we didn't get a shot. Then I think we did a lot of kicking and running, instead of trying to set things up."

Bulls' goalkeeper Amber Collins was only pressured four times during the game, but said she didn't mind the lack of attention.

"I'd rather have it this way; I don't mind being lonely in front of our goal," Collins said. "Our defense just did a great job of keeping the ball upfield, and not giving them any opportunities to score."

Bloomingdale's win avenges two straight losses to Seminole in sectional play. The Bulls will face Coconut Creek in the state semifinal.