Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Go Bucs!! Girls soccer wins in OT!

The Varsity Girls Soccer team played for the second night in a row in the Wharton Invitational Tournament, in what turned out to be a back and forth battle against 6A power Plant High School.   The lady Bucs showed great effort and determination in gaining respect as little Berkeley played big on the field  and on the scoreboard, demonstrating composure and skill on their way to a 4-4 tie.  Keeping plant on its heels for most of the first half, the Berkeley 11 led at the break 3-2,  with goals by Shannon Martin , Dana Manning and Maddie Ide.  The second half was filled with  back and forth action as both teams had some great opportunities on goal.   Plant tied things up at 3-3 with 20 minutes to go, only to see Berkeley go back on top as Shannon Martin put the ball in the back of the net with 15 minutes left on the clock.  Plant continued to fight on and scored a late goal to notch it up with just  under 2 minutes to play for the equalizer at 4-4.  The pressure packed PK shootout would decide the team that would advance to Saturdays Tournament Championship. Berkeley was denied on their first attempt providing momentum to the Plant side, but Berkeley Keeper Valentina  Estrada took control stopping Plants 1st attempt with cat like quickness to bring her team back to even. After both teams scored to keep things knotted in the second round, Estrada again put her team on her back as she calmly sidestepped to her right and made another big save to put the Bucs back in front.  With strong and well placed shots from her teammates  the lady Bucs finished off the Panthers 4-2 in the shoot out with goals from Seniors Julianne Tanella, Emily Weissman, Dana Manning along with Sophomore Ellie Laxer.  Next up the Tournament Championship on Saturday at 1:10pm at Palm Harbor HS. 

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