Girls Soccer: Winter Haven, Auburndale Battle to Another Draw
Wed. December 14, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. | By Solange Reyner
Auburndale's Shaleigh McGowan heads the ball past Winter Haven keeper Bailyn Futch (24) and Lady Torres for a goal Tuesday during the rivals' 1-1 draw in Winter Haven. (Photo by RICK RUNION | THE LEDGER)
By DICK SCANLON | LEDGER CORRESPONDENT
WINTER HAVEN | Laura Beth Borders scored with less than nine minutes left in regulation at Denison Stadium on Tuesday night, lifting Winter Haven to a 1-1 tie with undefeated Auburndale in girls soccer.
It was the second 1-1 tie of the season between the Class 3A-District 13 rivals, who will not meet again in the regular season.
The Blue Devils (5-2-4) played most of the first half on Auburndale’s side of the field, but could not score.
They had only five shots in the second half. But Emily Ober got behind the Bloodhound defense late in the game, drew a couple of defenders and got the ball over to Borders in front of the net.
“We possessed the ball, but things didn’t work out for us in the first half,” Winter Haven coach Josh Williams said. “Our girls stayed mentally strong and they showed a lot of character.”
Auburndale (10-0-2) has not been undefeated this far into a season in at least 10 years, according to coach Steve Linamen.
The Bloodhounds scored 11 minutes into the game on their first shot.
Kara Quintanilla set up Shaleigh McGowan with an excellent pass from the left corner, and McGowan got her kick into the net for the Bloodhounds’ lone goal.
The Bloodhounds tried 14 more shots against freshman goaltender Bailyn Futch, but none were successful.
Auburndale also had two corner kicks in a brief overtime period.
Winter Haven took nine shots in the first half without getting anything past goalie Coco Rogers.