Girls soccer district recap: Creekside edges Nease on PK’s, Stanton’s Ashman scores four

Once again, 80 minutes of soccer couldn’t separate Creekside and Nease.


Once again, the Knights came out on top.

Maddie Behan saved a penalty kick and Hailey Surrency netted the shootout winner for Creekside, knocking off the Panthers 4-2 in a tiebreaker after 100 minutes of scoreless play in the District 4-4A semifinal.

Delaney Tauzel, Katelyn Tauzel, Vanessa Reyes and Surrency scored the penalties as the Knights (12-4-4), state runners-up in 2017, returned to the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.

For the Panthers (17-3-1), who entered with a 17-game unbeaten run, another semifinal brought another agonizing exit, the team’s second consecutive district elimination against Creekside.

Last year, the Knights won 2-1 in overtime on a golden goal from Claire Amici.

This time, neither team found the net in regulation or overtime during a hard-fought but congested contest with few clear scoring opportunities.

The midfield eventually shaped up as a battle of number-four jerseys, where Creekside’s Delaney Tauzel and Nease’s Logan Nicholson stood out with their energy and skill in possession.

Creekside’s best chance came before halftime, when Surrency’s close-range shot from inside the box was deflected onto the post by Nease keeper Chloe Ross.

In the second half, Behan saved a one-on-one breakaway against Nease striker Bella Kober to keep the score level.

Creekside will advance to Friday’s final against district host Bartram Trail, which defeated Fleming Island 4-0 in the late game.

Maddie DeFranco scored twice for the Bears (13-3-4), the second goal a stunning chip from 30 yards to extend the lead to two.

Later, Mia Staley tapped into an empty net after Tori Grambo had struck the post, and Grambo scored the fourth herself with an accurate low shot.

Bears keeper Julie Arciprete saved two shots from Fleming Island (11-7) to preserve the shutout.

District 1-5A

Both Sandalwood and Mandarin exited the district semifinals, leaving Northeast Florida shut out in the Class 5A playoffs. The Saints lost 8-0 to Gainesville Buchholz, ending their season at 18-5-2. Mandarin allowed a pair of late goals to lose 3-1 to Ocala Forest.

District 3-4A

Fletcher returned to the playoffs for the 10th straight season, rolling to an 8-0 victory over Lee behind a hat trick from Isabela Baynard.

Ali Shimazaki and senior captain Ireland Jarvis each scored twice for the Senators (12-8-1), and Grace Hernandez added another goal. The Generals finish at 12-6.

District top seed Atlantic Coast punched its own playoff ticket with a 6-0 victory against First Coast. The Stingrays and Senators will meet in Friday’s district championship.

District 2-4A

Columbia’s season ended with a 4-0 loss to Tallahassee Leon. Emma McGibany, Regan Hermeling and Liney Brantley scored for the Lions, who also received an own goal.

District 3-3A

Imani Ashman blasted four goals for Stanton, keeping the 2017 Class 3A state runner-up on course for a return trip by defeating Suwannee 9-1.

The Blue Devils (16-2-2) allowed their first goal since November and took a while to put away the stubborn Bulldogs, who trailed just 2-1 at the half. But it didn’t matter in the end, with powerful center forward Ashman dominating around the net.

Winger Madelyn Debski scored twice for Stanton, while Avery Hatfield, Sara Rosenblum and Lindsay Schmitt all contributed goals.

Two-way threat Kendal Bouchard tallied a pair of goals at the offensive end for Paxon, which returned to the postseason by defeating Parker 3-0 in Wednesday’s other semifinal in the district. Jabrea Ali also scored for the Golden Eagles.

District 4-3A

Morgan Schooley scored a goal and provided two assists for Menendez, who qualified for their second straight postseason by defeating Clay 4-1.

Alix McKee scored twice and Allie McMandon, the Falcons’ top scorer, continued her high-scoring run with a goal in the victory.

Menendez will play Friday against Ponte Vedra, which continued its playoff streak by defeating Matanzas.

District 3-2A

Fernandina Beach returned to the postseason by defeating county rival West Nassau 6-1. They’ll meet Providence, which advanced 2-1 against Yulee.

District 5-2A

Keystone Heights saw its season end with a 9-1 loss to Alachua Santa Fe.