High School Girls

April 18, 2012

South Girls' Regional Report (April 18)

by Rhiannon Walker | LaxMagazine.com

Top Performers

Angelica Perdomo, Lake Brantley (Fla.)
It would have been easy for Perdomo to be dejected after witnessing Lake Brantley surrender a nine-goal lead to in-state rival Winter Springs (Fla.). Instead, Perdomo took things into her own hands. With 16 seconds left, the senior sprinted through the defense and buried the game-winning goal to secure a 15-14 upset.

Maggie Auslander, Green Hope (N.C.)
Auslander, a North Carolina recruit, is wreaking havoc on opposing teams' defenses, averaging more than three goals per game. The junior defender was instrumental in the Falcons' 15-12 win over rival Apex (N.C.), scoring five goals and recording two assists. For the season, she 33 goals, 16 assists, 24 ground balls and 76 draw controls.

Caitlyn Miller, Vero Beach (Fla.)
After saving 61 percent of shots last season, Miller has been a stout last line of defense for the Fighting Indians, who allow only 6.1 goals a game. The senior is a pivotal part of Vero Beach's success.

Games to Watch

Apex (N.C.) at Green Hope (N.C.) – April 20, 6 p.m.
Unlike most great in-state rivalries that are played only once per season, Apex has a second chance to show what it's got against North Carolina's top-ranked team, Green Hope. The Falcons, on the other hand, want to leave no doubt about the teams' earlier meeting.

Westminster (Ga.) at Lassiter (Ga.) – April 21, 4 p.m.
Lassiter has played Westminster three times since 2006 and lost each game by an average score of 15.2-5.2. Could this be the year the Trojans reverse the trend? Westminster can further establish itself as the state's top team with a win.

Milton (Ga.) at Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) – April 28, 11 a.m.
Milton is looking to bolster its resume and end Visitations' winning streak. Junior attacker Lydia Cassada, a Northwestern recruit and the team's leading scorer a year ago, could be key in the Eagles' effort to showing they can play with anyone in the nation, but she will have help from seniors Heather Harman, Amanda Lockwood and Annie Ruland.

1. Vero Beach (Fla.), 16-2
The Fighting Indians dropped an overtime heartbreaker to out-of-state opponent Sacred Heart Academy (N.Y.), 15-14, but rebounded by beating Oviedo (Fla.) on the road, helping coach Shannon Dean secure his 200th victory with Vero Beach.

2. Winter Springs (Fla.), 18-1
Going into their game against Lake Brantley (Fla.), the Bears were the only undefeated team left in Florida. That, however, is a thing of the past. Winter Springs lost 15-14 on a last-second goal scored by Lake Brantley's Angelica Perdomo.

3. Milton (Ga.), 10-2
The Eagles put up a good fight against Victor (N.Y.), whose stingy defense and high-powered offense is tough for any team. Milton's valiant effort was not quite enough, as it fell 19-13. The Eagles will collect themselves quickly with the toughest part of their season approaching.

4. Lassiter (Ga.), 11-2
After a two-week respite, the Trojans came out rejuvenated, scoring 15.5 goals in two games. Lassiter hopes to carry over that kind of offensive production in its final five contests.

5. Cy-Fair (Texas), 11-2
The Iron Maidens have taken over the title of Texas' No. 1 team. Despite a 13-7 loss to St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), Cy-Fair moved up the rankings again this week after an 11-10 overtime defeat of St. John's (Texas) and an 11-4 victory against The Woodlands (Texas).

6. Bishop Moore (Fla.), 13-4
The Hornets have dropped three of their last five games, including 21-9 loss to Sacred Heart Academy (N.Y.) and 14-5 loss to Conestoga (Pa.). But Bishop Moore bounced back with a 13-9 win over Lake Brantley (Fla.). The Hornets wrap up their regular season Thursday against Edgewater (Fla.)

7. St. John's (Texas), 10-3
St. John's earned a reputation of playing tight defense earlier this year, but has allowed about 10 goals per game over the last three contests, including double-digits in an overtime loss to Cy-Fair (Texas). But the Mavericks redeemed themselves with back-to-back wins against St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) and Memorial (Texas).

8. Green Hope (N.C.), 11-0
The Falcons haven't missed a beat. The team went on the road and beat undefeated Charlotte Catholic (N.C.), leaving them as the only unblemished team — in both North Carolina and the regional rankings. Green Hope can solidify its place with a win over visiting Apex (N.C.) on Friday.

9. Westminster (Ga.), 12-1
The Wildcats met their match against Victor (N.Y.), losing for the first time, 17-4. Westminster responded by winning consecutive in-state games, 16-3 over Pope (Ga.) and 17-14 over Kell (Ga.).

10. Lake Brantley (Fla.), 12-6
The Patriots assured themselves of a third consecutive Seminole Athletic Conference title with a 15-14 defeat of Winter Springs (Fla.). But Lake Brantley will need to regain momentum after ending the regular season with losses to Sacred Heart (N.Y.) and Bishop Moore (Fla.)

News and Notes

After Green Hope (N.C.) topped powerhouse Charlotte Catholic (N.C.), coach Abby Mead turned her attention to Friday's game against Apex (N.C.), which the Falcons beat 15-12 in early March: "I'm excited for the rematch with Apex. Both teams are young and have been improving through the season," Mead said. "We need to control our turnovers and capitalize on our opportunities. We have a very strong midfield, who step up in big games. So we will be looking to them to lead the team."... Milton (Ga.) has a two-day, three-game swing through the Mid-Atlantic in late April that has coach Tom Godby excited. "When we play Northern teams, we like to play with a chip on our shoulder. The perception is that teams from the South can't play at the same level with Northern teams. We want to show that we are an exception to that and can compete with the top-25 teams in the country. We deserve to be in the discussion among the top programs, and we have some of the top players in the country."

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