The Lake Mary girls soccer team has emerged as the front-runner locally with the prestigious Julie Weber Memorial Soccer Tournament coming up next weekend (see story above).
The Rams (7-2-1) staked their claim by edging Hagerty (8-3-1), 4-3, in the fifth annual Julie Weber Memorial Soccer Classic last week with Carly Montgomery netting the game-winning goal with 10-minutes left in the game at Don T. Reynolds Stadium.
Evelyn Neidert, Abbey Foels and Sydney Henderson scored the other goals for Lake Mary, which rallied from a 2-1 halftime deficit to nip the Huskies, who got goals from Sydney Schilling, Sarah Thrush and Ru Mucherera in the game that raised $350, plus 50-percent of the game proceeds, for a scholarship fund for Lake Mary soccer players.
The Rams came into the contest having handed defending state champion Oviedo it’s first loss of the season, 2-0, with Cassie Underwood posting the shutout in goal and Foels and Henderson scoring the goals, and thumping Lake Howell, 5-1, with Foels and Kristen Naetzker scoring two goals each and Michaela Scotchie scoring the goal for the Silver Hawks.
In its only match so far this week, the Rams tied Lake Brantley, 1-1, with Naetzker scoring for Lake Mary and Nicole Roseland for the Patriots (3-4-3).
Meanwhile, Hagerty was 4-0 with three shutouts sandwiching the Weber Classic game.
The Huskies doubled-up Lake Brantley, 6-3, with Thrush scoring three times and Schilling twice, while Kasey Rakauskas had a goal and an assist for the Patriots, before Whitewashing Winter Springs, 7-0, with Thrush and Schilling scoring twice each; Oviedo, 3-0, with Schilling scoring two goals and Mucherera once; and Lyman, 3-0, with Sydney Stoneback, a JV call-up, scoring two goals and Meghan Precord the other.
Oviedo (8-2-1) was 3-0 in its other games, blanking Seminole, 5-0, with Madison Tucker posting two goals and an assist and Taylor Coley, Jacquelyn Zipay and Payton Grewal scoring one goal each; topping Lake Brantley, 4-1, with Sarah Buckley scoring two goals and Chamille Copperthite once for the Lions and Nina Erwin the goal for the Patriots; and shutting out Lake Howell (0-6-5), with Tiana Hyde scoring twice and Maddie Bozzacco once.
Seminole (1-9-2) has been playing better over the past couple of weeks, going 1-2-3, including its first win of the season, 2-1, over Lake Howell, with Gabriella Miranda scoring both goals for the Fighting Seminoles, while Heather Nulty scored for the Silver Hawks.
The Tribe then lost twice, 2-1 to Orlando-University (4-4), and 6-2 to Lyman (3-4-3), with Nicola Murphy scoring four times for the Greyhounds and Christina Voltoline twice for Seminole.
The Noles had two ties this week, 2-2 with Orange City-University (4-1-4), with Morgan Campbell and Paige Gobel doing the scoring, and 3-3 with Winter Springs (3-5-3), with Campbell scoring two and Lindsay Bransfield one for the Tribe and Sydney Michalak, Kayla Meli and Francesca Demora scoring for the Bears.
Winter Springs was 2-0-1 in its other games, whitewashing Lyman (2-4-2), 6-0, with Aolani Colon scoring twice and Jeannelle adding one goal and two assists for the Bears; tying Lake Howell, 1-1, with Colon and Kayla Stewart doing the scoring; and nipping Lake Brantley, 2-1, with Demora and Rachel Singer scoring for the Bears and Brianna Garcia for the Patriots.
Lyman tied its other two games, 0-0 with Lake Howell, and 1-1 with Lake Brantley, Makenzie Quinn scoring the goal on an assist from Rakauskas for the Patriots and Kelsey Kryger off an assist from Murphy for the Greyhounds.
Crooms (8-2-2) is having a super season, although the Panthers did fall, 3-1, to Lake Mary Prep, with Nina Karlinsky scoring all three Griffins goals, two off assists from Brianna Karan, before coming back to blank LMP, 3-0, with Haley Keiger scoring two goals and Madison Distler netting the other.
The Griffins (2-4) had fallen to Father Lopez, 8-0, before posting their first two wins of the season over Crooms and Ormond Beach-Riverbend Academy, 2-1, with Karlinsky and Karan scoring the goals.
The Master’s Academy (9-1) actually has the best record in the county with most recent wins being, 8-0 over Forest Lake Academy, with Maddie Brick and Jenna Marek posting three goals and two assists each and Hannah Moore a goal and an assist; 5-0 over Father Lopez, with Marek posting three goals and an assist and Brick a goal and three assists; 6-0 over Colonial, with Marek recording three goals and two assists and Brick two goals and three assists; and another victory over Forest Lake, 6-2, with Katie Edwards posting three goals and an assist and Rachel Boyd a goal and three assists.
Trinity Prep (3-5-1) struggled against a pair of Private School powers, falling 6-2 to Bishop Moore (6-3) and 4-0 to Lake Highland Prep (3-3-1), and also getting blanked, 4-0, by Freedom (4-4).
Orangewood Christian won its only game to date, 3-1, over Father Lopez with Lily Butler scoring twice and Jessica Pelski once.