Lady Sandcrabs soccer team win the District 4-5A championship and move on to Class 5A state tournament Tuesday, Feb. 16.
The Lady Sandcrabs blew past the Gainesville Hurricanes’ initial surge for a 2-1 victory in the District 4-5A soccer championship, Monday, Feb. 8.
Gainesville cut a direct path to the goal and scored within the first minute of the game. ‘Crabs retaliated ten minutes later as Brianna Chesley used Kayla Lancing’s free kick to her advantage and with her left foot, drove the ball into the bottom right of the goal. Game tied 1-1.
Seabreeze struck again five minutes before halftime with an assist by Kylie Watson to Brianna Chesley. Seabreeze girls’ increased their advantage to 2-1 before the half.
With an entire 40 minute half remaining in the game, both teams waged a battle for control. Seabreeze goalie, Avery Dellinger, stopped the Hurricanes from garnering any further goals with 5 saves. As the ref blew the whistle, the announcer dubbed the Lady Sandcrabs district championship victors.
“The team worked hard all season to reach the district finals and a well deserved first place,” head coach Christine Goebel said. “We have players that were hurt during the season that we missed but the ones who took their place did a great job. This is the second time we started down on the score but the key for this team is they show character, concentration and most importantly, they never give up. The seniors and team captains, Riley Stoner and Gia Loun are the ones who keep the team focused and help them on and off the field.”
The Lady Sandcrabs wrap up the season with an 8-3-2 record as they host the Englewood Rams in the Class 5A state championship tournament.
“Honestly, no one gave one dime for our girls and they were like underdogs all the time, working hard at training sessions and developing at games," Coach Alejandro Perez said. "Just shows what’s best at the end.”