The Sandcrabs prevailed against Pine Ridge, Flagler Palm Coast and Spruce Creek to nab the title.
The time 38:32 was frozen in red on the Taylor High School scoreboard as Seabreeze's Brianna Chesley drove the ball into the net for the final goal of the Five Star Conference championship game against Spruce Creek High School.
The game was called a little under two minutes into the second half as the Seabreeze High School girls soccer team was crowned conference champs after an 8-0 blowout against the Hawks on Thursday, Jan. 13.
“Honestly, I was just hoping to win the game the best we could, play as a team and bring home the trophy,” Chesley said. “When I came out tonight, I had a feeling we were going to win.”
Chesley scored four goals and had one assist, with two back-to-back netters before the referees ended the game early. Heading into the final two games of the regular season, she leads the Sandcrabs with 13 goals.
“I’m just super impressed with how they finished,” assistant coach Christine Goebel said. “We capitalized on our chances almost every time. That was huge. We can’t believe it. We are so excited.”
Taylor Hughes scored two goals in the first half and had four assists in the game bringing her season total to eight assists. Emily Myers added two goals to give her 12 for the season.
The Sandcrabs were the top seed going into the tournament and proceeded to demonstrate their ability to finish plays by racking up 19 goals in three games.
They won 7-1 against Pine Ridge, 4-0 versus Flagler Palm Coast and concluded the tournament with the mercy-rule win against Spruce Creek.
“Apparently, that’s 13 years of pent-up losing to one team year in and year out, I think, coming out there,” coach Eli Freidus said. “We were not expecting that. We were expecting a tough match. We got our goal of being the best team in the area. Now we are ready for the postseason.”