George Jenkins and Bartow Roll to Wins in First Round of Class 4A Soccer
Tue. January 15, 2013 at 2:00 a.m. | By Mike Cobb
GEORGE JENKINS' LAUREN GREENE puts a shot on goal against Haines City defender Ange Simon (17) and keeper Jane Combs. (Photo by MICHAEL WILSON | THE LEDGER)
By MIKE COBB
LAKELAND | George Jenkins' Lauren Greene said she's never scored two goals in a soccer game as quickly as she did Monday night.
Greene scored twice in the first two minutes and she and Jessie Scarpa combined for seven goals to lead top-seeded Jenkins to a 10-0 win over Haines City in the first round of the Class 4A, District 7 girls soccer tournament at Bryant Stadium in a game that was called at halftime by the mercy rule.
In the second game, Alleah Long and Benny Valenti each scored three goals to lead second-seeded Bartow to a 7-1 win over Lake Gibson.
Jenkins (17-2) plays Thursday night at 6 p.m. against tonight's Ridge Community-Lake Region winner. Bartow (12-4-1) plays Thursday night at 8 against tonight's Lakeland-Kathleen winner.
In Jenkins' win, Scarpa had four goals and two assists while Greene had three goals and one assist.
"It was really important (to get off to a fast start)," Greene said. "In other games, we'd kind of mess around. A game like this, you can get hurt easily, so you've got to finish the first half."
Lyndi Elms, Sandy Scarpa and Katherine Stokes also scored goals for the Eagles, while Lyndsey Jeffries and Meghan Dees had assists.
"I kept telling the kids we were 0-0-0, this is the first game of the second season," Jenkins coach Marissa Kazbour said. "You have to come out and prove a point. Today, we had a good one. Hopefully, we can continue on."
In Bartow's 7-1 win over Lake Gibson, Valenti scored twice and Long once as the Yellow Jackets took a 3-0 halftime lead.
"One of the things I told the girls was to really try to keep the pressure on the other team and when they make mistakes, take advantage of them," Bartow coach Ben Braaten said. "We had some girls make some nice passes and some really nice through balls to set up (the goals). It was a nice effort by the whole team."
Lake Gibson's Cassandra Looney scored early in the second half to make it 3-1 before Long answered with two goals and Valenti one to make it 6-0.
Anna Koretchko added the seventh goal on a penalty kick in the final two minutes.
Ariel Schleicher had two assists while Koretchko and Allison Denton each had one.