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Devils sustain district edge

Hannah Bunbury's first-half goal held up as St. Petersburg remained perfect in the district with a 1-0 win over Sickles.

"I thought we defended behind the ball very well because they were throwing three and four forwards at us in the second half," Green Devils coach Rui Farias said. "But we did what we needed to do."

Bunbury's strike came off an excellent feed from Maghan Morin just on the Green Devils' (3-3, 3-0) half of the field. Morin's through ball split a pair of defenders and Bunbury did the rest, beating Sickles' charging goalkeeper with a bending shot that found the upper right of the goal.

The Green Devils host another district match Thursday against Mitchell at 6 p.m.

PENALIZED: St. Petersburg was forced to forfeit a pair of matches due to an ineligible player. St. Petersburg forfeited matches against Boca Ciega and Northeast - both 8-0 Green Devil wins after senior defender - Tara Bowman was allowed to play despite not meeting the mandatory grade point average.

School officials discovered the mistake and immediately turned themselves into FHSAA officials. St. Petersburg has won the Pinellas County award for highest GPA (girl's soccer) three of the past five years.

EYE OF THE STORM: Palm Harbor University hosts the Hurricane Watch Tournament Dec. 4-8. PHU, St. Petersburg and Seminole will be in one pool while Countryside, East Lake and Lakewood make up the other.

PUMA PERFORMANCE IN A PINCH: Clearwater Central Catholic was missing eight players at the 28th Puma Challenge this past weekend in Sarasota, but managed to win the tournament. A major reason was the play of backup goalkeeper Tiffany Molloy. The freshman surrendered just a pair of goals in three matches against Seminole, East Lake and Fletcher.

A FIRST: Indian Rocks Christian defeated Shorecrest 3-0 earlier this month, the first time the Eagles have beaten the Chargers. The teams meet again at IRC Dec. 5.

SIGNINGS: CCC coach Tom Typrowicz announced oral commitments for three of his players this week. Kathleen Hunter and Dee Hannon committed to Florida Gulf Coast while Ali Halverson, who is rehabbing a torn ACL, will attend Tennessee.

A STINGY PAIR: John Planamenta's two-goalkeeper system may be a bit unconventional, but it's hard to argue with the results. Victoria Wyandt and Monica Lee essentially play a half each and have given up just three goals this season for the 6-1 Hurricanes.

Brandon Wright can be reached at bwright@sptimes.com or 727-580-1468.

Goals

K. Haemmelmann LKW 11

A. Rodrigues ST.P 10

J. Huffman CSY 8

V. Petricevic DUN 7

S. Pelicos DUN 7

Assists

T. Schofield ST.P 7

A. Rodrigues ST. P 7

K. Frehling SEM 6

T. Mattox SEM 6

J. Eifert IRC 5

Shutouts

A. Tucker SEM 5

K. Harms LKW 4

T. Avery IRC 3

C. Brabson CSY 3

M. Lee PHU 2.5

Stats good through game on Monday night.

Fast Facts

One to Watch

Palm Harbor U. (6-1) vs. St. Petersburg (3-3), Monday: What better way to kick off the Hurricane Watch Tournament than with two of the best teams in the area.

Player of the Week

Lindsey Bauer, Lakewood: Bauer, a sweeper, organized the back and made several key plays to help goalkeeper Katie Harms earn the shutout as the Spartans tied Seminole 0-0 just before the Thanksgiving break. A converted midfielder, Bauer played what coach Darlene Lebo called "the game of her life."

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