Girls Soccer

Springstead, Weeki Wachee go down in semis

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Springstead's Sasha Garcia, right, battles with Wesley Chapel's Raegan Bourne for control of the ball on Wednesday night. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

WEEKI WACHEE – The Hernando County girls soccer season came to an early close, as the last two local squads alive went down in the Class 3A, District 7 semifinals on Wednesday night.
Still, both teams seemed more upbeat than not with the way their seasons played out considering their respective circumstances.
In the early match at Weeki Wachee, third-seeded Springstead took second-seeded Wesley Chapel to overtime before losing, 2-1. The host Lady Hornets followed with a 6-1 loss to top seed Pasco.

Sports notebook: Sharks, Lady Lions stay unbeaten

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HCA's Cayla Phillips battles for possession of the ball with a Citrus Park Christian player. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

For the Nature Coast boys basketball team, and the Hernando Christian Academy girls, it has been a happy holiday season indeed. Both are sporting perfect slates as they near the halfway point of their seasons.
The Sharks (7-0) dusted two Class 6A, District 7 opponents this past week, knocking off Lecanto on Tuesday, 76-28, and Hernando on Friday, 72-33. That moved their record to 6-0 within the district.
As for HCA’s girls (12-0 overall, 5-0 2A-4), they cruised to wins over Ocala-Meadowbrook on Monday, 46-10, and Tampa-Citrus Park Christian on Tuesday, 59-17.

Sports notebook: HCA suffers heartbreak in state title game

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Hernando Christian Academy's six-man football team competes during Saturday's state championship game in Lakeland. Photo provided

Just 46 seconds separated Hernando Christian Academy’s six-man football team from a perfect season and a state championship Saturday night.
But the Lions ultimately returned home feeling the sting of disappointment, as Lakeland-Geneva Classical Academy scored late to pull out a 39-36 victory at Southeastern University’s Victory Field.
“I felt like our kids played as hard as they could. The breaks just went one way,” HCA head coach David Raley said. “Every aspect of our game played well. It was just two equally matched teams. They scored and time ran out.”

Lady Hornets enjoying breakthrough season

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Freshman Reilley Bain leads Weeki Wachee with 13 goals and six assists. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Danny Fierro has a card on his fridge that his current seniors presented to him at the end of their sophomore season, his first as Weeki Wachee’s head girls soccer coach.
He recently sent those same players a photo of that card, and so he can recite what it said off the top of his head. They thanked him for being their coach, and believed “the longer we play for you, the better it will be.”

Strikers Take 2016 Sunshine Cup

From top left to right: Kylie Bland-Moore, Brooke Brening, Billie   Allnutt, Kayla Dawson, Madison Bowman, Gianna Huber,   Breanna Anselmo, Jordan Cheze  From bottom left to right: Skylar Benz, MacKenzie Curcio,   Brianna Evans, Jacqueline Jones, Carmen Chinchilla, Elise   Wilfong, Alexia Benjamin, Caitlyn Dilley  Not pictured to the left: Karla Cantero-Garcia, Mouna Shuayb  and Coach Jim Cheze

The Strikers under 14 girls soccer team began their journey together in November, 2015; with the first game being held on the 7th at the Anderson Snow Soccer Complex. Within their age division; there were three other teams to compete against; including the Citrus (Heat), the Brooksville (Hornets) and a 2nd U14 from FHYSC (Twisters). While some of these girls have played soccer for years, others have played only a short time.

Girls Soccer: Land O' Lakes Defeats Springstead in Region Semifinals

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In the Class 3A, Region II girls soccer semifinal, Springstead's Samantha Betters spoiled a potential Land O' Lakes shut out scoring 2 goals in the last 6 minutes of play. Land O' Lakes Victoria Cannata scored 3 in the first half of the game (2 unassisted). A fourth goal was put away by Freshman Sydny Nasello. Hernandosport.com interviewed players after the game. Senior Erin Blackwell stated, “Land O’ Lakes is a quality side. I’d like to see them win it all. I thought we emptied the tanks. I’m very proud of the team. I have no regrets at all.”