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Girls Soccer: East Lake Rallies, Beats Plant

Tribune correspondent
Published:   |   Updated: March 23, 2013 at 03:51 PM
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With a two-goal advantage at the second-half water break, it appeared everything was going Plant's way in its Class 5A-Region 3 quarterfinal match and everything was against East Lake. The Eagles weren't getting results and weren't taking advantage of chances.

However, the last 20 minutes of the match changed all that as East Lake finally broke through with three goals from Tatiana Perez off of corner kicks and ended the Panthers season 3-2.

"We had the 2-0 score up there, which is the worst lead to have," Plant coach Stephen McGill said. "It wasn't as though it fell apart; it's just three good corner kicks did us in in the end."

Early in the first half, East Lake had an opportunity on a penalty kick inside the box and Leah Fisher fired a ball that was batted away by Panthers keeper Lauryn Bodden, but Fisher didn't follow her shot and let the ball roll past her with an open goal. Bodden made another tremendous save on a Fisher shot later in the half, getting her hands on the ball while falling away from the shot.

Connor Zwetsch put the Panthers on the board in the 38th minute after making a great move around Eagles keeper Alicia Aldridge and sent in a left-footed shot.

Plant took a 2-0 advantage in the second half on a goal from Lexi Rakestraw, who followed an Ellen Moore shot off the crossbar with a put-in.

But the lead wasn't enough for Plant, as the Eagles took advantage of corner kicks finding Perez twice with goals on headers and once on a put-in after a scramble in the box.

"Three goals in the last 20 minutes - that was a heartbreaker," McGill said. "That is just a tough way to lose."

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