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Lady Wave Gets Handed Heartbreaking Loss Against Newberry

Written By: Thomas Arteaga

    It was a back-and-forth game all night long against Newberry. Whenever we would score a goal, they would immediately respond back. P.K. had multiple chances in the second half, gaining an edge on a Newberry squad that had their number offensively all night long, but Newberry eventually ran away with a 7-5 victory.

    P.K. got off to a fast start in the early going with junior striker Lee Ducharme scoring in the sixth minute to take an early 1-0 lead, but missed other chances early on. 

   “We had three balls that went on the inside of the center bar, so those are tough and you’d like to close those,” said first year coach Jon Doles, and those chances hurt in the long run. 

    Often in a soccer game, one goal is enough for a victory. Not in Tuesday night’s case. A combined eight goals were scored between both teams before halftime, and more would be scored after that. 

    The P.K. Yonge girls’ soccer team went a solid 14-4 last season, but their season ended with a loss against rival Santa Fe in the regional semifinals. The Blue Wave hope they can reach the same stage as last year, but Coach Doles has a lot to deal with defensively. 

   “Covering was not as closely as I would like to see it,” Coach Doles said on his defense. “When you don’t close or mark closely, you have to make up for it with speed, and we need to tighten up on that.”

    After the half, P.K. picked up right where they left off. They got multiple shots off with one score thanks to eighth grader Juliette Palechor, giving P.K a 5-4 lead. But like the first half, Newberry responded. Up until the 70th minute, there were chances left and right for both teams to put another goal on the board, but neither capitalized. That is, until Newberry scored again, taking just their second lead of the game. The Lady Panthers held on by tacking on another goal in the last couple of minutes. 

    The win didn’t come without controversy. In the 55th minute, Newberry was taking a corner kick and scored to even the game. However, it surely looked like there was a handball committed by Newberry in the penalty box, but it didn’t get called. 

  “In this case, I didn’t feel like they affected the outcome of the game,” Coach Doles said of the referees. 

   But some of the players thought differently.

   “I feel like the referees cheated us and that, although we played a strong game, I feel like a couple of [goals] could have gone in,” junior forward Hailey Brown said afterwards.

   The Blue Wave (2-2) next face Interlachen High School on the road, at 5 p.m. this Friday.

   Top Performer: Lee Ducharme

   #RideTheWave

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