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Girls soccer: Hayes' goal propels Mitchell

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Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 08:42 AM
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Mitchell High girls soccer coach Karl Kukec is certain his team isn't on cruise control.

"No concerns at all," he said.

Despite that, the Mustangs (19-0-1) narrowly defeated Sunlake 1-0 on Tuesday, and, having already locked up the No. 1 seed for next week's Class 3A-District 8 tournament, took home the Sunshine Athletic Conference title as well.

"I wanted a little more (out of the offense), but I didn't want them to do too much," Kukec said. "Perhaps players get ahead of themselves and don't play as well as you'd expect them against certain teams, but they did enough to get the win."

The game's lone goal came early, as sophomore forward Amanda Hayes scored in the 12th minute, putting away her team-leading 23rd on an assist from Leslie Fallon.

The Seahawks (8-7-4), who are having the best season in program history and have locked up the No. 2 seed for the 3A-7 tourney, only had a handful of scoring opportunities.

"I was expecting a close game — we've got a good team," Sunlake coach Jami Finan said. "We can keep with teams and not let them get the game out of hand."

Helping that was the Seahawks' defense and goalkeeper Maya Kama, who made seven saves, two on point-blank shots.

"My goalie is freaking amazing," Finan said. "She worked hard to get where she's at now, but some of the saves she put up tonight were amazing."

Mitchell, which has outscored opponents 100-6, has tough games against Tampa Catholic and Tampa Prep to prepare for the district tourney.

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