News-Sun photo by DAN HOEHNE It was sophomore Haylee Peters who proved to be the Senior Night savior in Sebring's Monday win. See page 5B for the story.
published: Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Sophomore Peters saves Sebring Senior Night
By TAYLOR TUBBS
SEBRING - Senior night is a time for last chances and saying good-bye to a high school sport.
The Sebring girls got to do just that at Firemen's Field on Monday night when they took on their county rival, the Lake Placid Lady Dragons.
Although both teams battled throughout the entire game, the score would end in favor of the Streaks 1-0.
The increased energy on the field was evident during the game with the amount of physical contact and the desire to win displayed so strongly by both teams.
Early on in the game both teams had offensive charges.
Blue Streak forward Lacey Watson charged a ball that was headed towards the goal, and Mary Grace Bates of Lake Placid had a similar attempt less than a minute later.
The Dragons goalie, Tamija Douglas, had a number of good saves throughout the night, as the Streaks offense was keeping her busy.
Destiny McCartney of Sebring had a shot on goal that was recovered by the keeper.
Watson had another running goal attempt that was blocked by Lake Placid defender Jasmine Molina.
At the 27-minute mark Sebring had another close call to scoring off of a corner kick, but the Lake Placid defenders were able to clear the ball back into Streak territory.
Heather Bloemsma took a shot on goal from a penalty kick in the midfield that was also recovered by Douglas before it hit paydirt.
Lake Placid saw a strong offensive attempt in the final two minutes of the first half.
Bates made an assist to Chelsea Whitmire's shot that was scooped up by the Sebring keeper, Shannon Bloemsma.
Going into the half, the score remained tied 0-0, despite the strong efforts by both teams.
The back and forth continued for nearly the entire game until a Sebring offensive player was finally able to break through the Dragon's defense.
In a twist on Senior Night, it was sophomore Haylee Peters who scored the only goal of the night, but it was all that was needed to give Sebring the victory.
"Lake Placid is a good rival game," said Mariana Becker of Sebring. "It's always tough and exciting game against them."
So the Streaks end their Senior Night, and Christmas Break, on a high note.
Both teams returned back to school on Tuesday and will resume their usual practice and game schedules.
The Sebring girls play at Hardee Thursday night, while Lake Placid was at Clewiston Tuesday and host Okeechobee Friday to close out the regular season.
Both squads then head into their respective district tournaments next week, with the Streaks at Winter Haven Monday against Auburndale at 6 p.m. in the District 13-3A tilt and the Dragons playing host to the District 10-2A tournament and facing the winner of Monday's DeSoto, Avon Park contest Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Honor the "winner" (by: Mr. Mister - 1/11/2013)
life is always about honoring the "winner" and rewarding hard work...I am not saying that the Sebring Seniors didn't deserve recognition which is probably what they got at the game that night...but life is about giving the recognition to the person who "earned it"....quit complaining about it! Clearly your daughter didn't get her recognition like you would have preferred..but when a person does something worth
Sebring Senior Night (by: Unhappy Reader - 1/9/2013)
I feel that the senior girls should have been recognized as well, not just sophomore Haylee Peters for her goal. A picture of all the seniors together should have been the main picture.
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