Soccer playoffs: Jacksonville girls advance, boys fall
by Chris Brown
Apr 27, 2013 | 3106 views |  0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
JACKSONVILLE -- On the night billed as senior night, Sharon Osterbind passed the torch to her younger teammates. She scored four goals, but she also passed out three assists in leading Jacksonville to an 11-1 victory Saturday over the Lincoln.

“If someone is open, I would way rather like them to score. It doesn’t matter who scores as long as we win,” said Osterbind, a senior. “I was setting up my teammates, but my touch was just off at the beginning of the game.”

The victory came in the opening round of the Class 1A-4A girls soccer state playoffs and puts Jacksonville into Tuesday’s second round against Donoho. Jacksonville faced Donoho, which won its opener over Childersburg 4-0, earlier this month and won 6-2.

The Golden Eagles (15-2-1) also had quite a performance from seventh-grade Elizabeth Poe, who added a goal and two assists in limited minutes, and sophomore Virginia Poe, also with one goal and two assists.

A connection between Osterbind and the Poe sisters began to form as the game progressed, Osterbind went to work with an assist to the younger sister 14 minutes into the game, followed by dishing one out to the elder sister.

Elizabeth answered back with her own assist to the senior at the 23-minute mark.

“The three of them working together and creating stuff was awesome.” Jacksonville coach Sam Cain said. “Elizabeth, I hated to pull her out to be honest because she was on fire. Everything she was doing turned into magic, she was making great passes, and she was scoring.”

Jacksonville finished with nine assists to go along with 11 goals. Kaila Green, Jordan Terry, Ashton Wells, Kenyatta Ervin and Abby Cockrell each added one goal.

“I like the way the girls were handling the ball today,” Cain said. “I think everybody got out there and did everything we talked about: controlling the ball, making good passes, and playing to their teammates’ feet.”

Susan Moore boys 1, Jacksonville 0 -- The Golden Eagles trailed the entire game after allowing a free kick by Susan Moore’s Francisco Garcia to slip into the net.

“The free kick just slipped through the keeper’s fingers. It had a funny bounce and just slipped through his fingers,” Jacksonville coach Darren Spruill said.

Heavy rain didn’t allow the two teams to complete the game. Officials called it with nine minutes to play,

“Unfortunately, the weather the way it is right now, they got a goal on us early on, and the referees and the opposing team were very gracious in playing in hazardous conditions. They gave us a little bit of extra time,” Spruill said.

The Golden Eagles had a few chances to answer the call. One was a header about five minutes before the game was called, but a diving save by Susan Moore’s goalkeeper ended the threat.

“Sometimes the ball bounces your way, sometimes it doesn’t. It’s a heartbreaker for the seniors, and hopefully, the kids returning next year learn you have to play the whole 80 minutes,” Spruill said.

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