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District girls soccer: Countryside ends title drought

 
Published Jan. 27, 2018

CLEARWATER — Lily Conte scored the golden goal on a penalty kick with 2:29 remaining in the first period of extra time to lead Countryside to a 2-1 win against Seminole in the Class 4A, District 10 championship.

Countryside (14-1-2) will play King in the first round of the 4A playoffs. It is the Cougars' first district championship in more than 20 seasons.

Countryside forward Cloe Fremmer fought off two Seminole defenders to control a ball inside the box where she was fouled and the Cougars were awarded a penalty kick. Conte beat Seminole goalkeeper Rhiannon Iannotti high and to the left side.

"Lily is a senior leader; she feels no pressure she was going to take the kick," Countryside coach Chris Duffy said. "She has been on this team since she was a freshman; one of those players where nothing bothers her."

The Cougars played with 10 players on the field for the final 65 minutes of the game. In a defensive, tactical battle, both teams turned up the pressure early in the extra time.

Iannotti made a big save on Fremmer on a strike from about 20 yards out, and Cougars goalkeeper Alyssa Barnes returned the favor with a save on a header from Victoria McDevitt about a minute later.

"We have very good goalkeeping. Alyssa Barnes is one of the best keepers in the county and once again she proved it," Duffy said. "Their keeper made some excellent saves as well, their defense took some balls off of us. It was a great game on both ends."

Seminole (7-9-3) will travel to Bloomingdale for the its first-round playoff game.