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Bulls crushed in 4A state final

State title dreams turned into nightmares for the Bloomingdale girls soccer team in the Class 4A state championship game Saturday night.

While the Bulls (16-4) entered the game with hope, Longwood Lyman arrived with an overwhelming offensive lineup. Lyman's firepower was too much, beating Bloomingdale 7-1 at Lockhart Stadium.

Lyman (28-0) became the first team to win consecutive 4A titles after collecting its third overall 4A championship.

St. Petersburg-Lakewood fared better, topping Rockledge 1-0 to win the Class 3A title.

The bright side for the Bulls is that they are young. They will lose only three starters from this year's team.

"We're young, and we've never been here before," said Bloomingdale coach Jo Garber. "We will be back."

Garber said the Bulls "came out flat." And Lyman made them pay for it. Lyman scored just five minutes into the game when Sara Kane put Danielle Garrett's crossing pass into the left corner of the net.

The Greyhounds scored again six minutes later, when Garrett had the first of her three goals. Adriane Kane assisted on that goal and scored one herself minutes later.

Lyman led 4-0 at halftime.

Meanwhile, the Bulls couldn't mount any offensive pressure. They got their only goal in the 50th minute when Heather Ott scored on a 10-yarder from the right side.

"We gave it our best shot," said Ott, who scored 37 goals this year.

"The game against Coconut Creek in the semifinal took a lot out of us," said Carter. "But this is the first time we've been here, and I'm proud of the team."

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