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History beckons: Sharks clip Falcons, 4-0

Hernando Today correspondent


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BROOKSVILLE - Within seconds of the completion the postgame phalanx of congratulations Wednesday night following the second Class 3A, District 7 semifinal at Shark Tank Stadium, Mother Nature made her herself known with a torrential downpour.

Fortunately, the showers abated enough until host and No. 2-seeded Nature Coast Technical blanked third-seeded Fivay (16-6-2 overall), 4-0.

With the win, NCT (18-2-2) will tangle with top-seeded Hudson - which captured its 17th straight game Wednesday ousting Springstead, 4-1 - in the 3A-7 final at 7 p.m. Friday at Shark Tank Stadium.

The semifinal winners will both advance to the Jan. 23 3A-Region II quarterfinals.

Wednesday's nod allows the Lady Sharks an opportunity at history.

Only one other Hernando County program has ever captured back-to-back district titles in 24 seasons - Polo Furlong's 2009-10 and 2010-11 Springstead squads.

Furthermore, regardless of Friday's outcome, NCT will be the first Hernando County program to reach the regional playoffs in back-to-back-to-back years since Springstead turned the trick beginning in 1999-00.

Hernando County's second-leading scorer, senior Hailey Lalande, set the course with a goal and two assists.

Lalande, who came in with 25 goals and nine assists, opened the scoring at 3:33 following an assist by Kendal Worden.

The scoreboard remained transfixed until 10 minutes elapsed in the second half.

Sophomore Chelsea Reid's throw-in found an unmarked Aliza Aponte, who tucked in a shot just inside the far post, 2-0.

At 65:00 Lalande delivered the first of her two assists on the night leading to freshman Jayna Tyler's 14th goal of the season, 3-0.

Just inside two minutes remaining in the match, a Lalande cross led to Reid's 15th goal of the season.

Meanwhile, the Lady Shark defense suffocated the Lady Falcons permitting only four shots on goal.

NCT goalie senior Samantha Oliveira barely broke a sweat with four saves for the team's 12th shutout.

"We had a great team effort tonight on defense," lauded the 18-year-old Zavana Schmit. 'Tonight was really important because it gets us into the finals."

In describing Lalande's overall efforts, "She's a beast," said Schmit. "I miss giving her assists."

"Tonight's win was huge," emphasized the 18-year-old Lalande. "We all want to make history. Our defense definitely played well."

On predicting Friday night, "The key for us to play even better than we did tonight," detailed Lalande.

Nature Coast 4, Fivay 0

FIV 0 0 -- 0

NCT 2 2 -- 4

Goals -NCT: Lalande, Aponte, Tyler, Reid.

Assists -NCT: Lalande (2), Worden, Reid.

Shots on goal - FIV: 4; NCT: 10.

Saves - FIV: Hurst (4); NCT: Oliveira (4).

Yellow cards - NCT: Branch (unsporting conduct).

Blue cards - none. Red cards - none.

Records - Fivay (16-6-2), Nature Coast (18-2-2).

Class 3A, District 7 Girls Soccer Tourney Results

at NCT's Shark Tank Stadium


Hernando 6, Weeki Wachee 0


Fivay 5, Crystal River 0

Hudson 6, Hernando 0

Springstead 2, Citrus 1 (2 OT)

NCT 3, Central 1


Hudson 4, Springstead 1

NCT 4, Fivay 0



Hudson vs. NCT, 7 p.m.

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