FPC girls soccer fell to Spruce Creek 1-0 in the district championships. The team will travel Thursday, Jan. 27, to face Fletcher in the first round of regional play.
The cross wind was blowing hard, and Spruce Creek was penetrating down the left side of the field. They got off a cross and sent the ball, with the wind, toward Creek’s Julie Davila. With one touch, Davila hit the ball to the far post, and it went in, recalled Flagler Palm Coast keeper Haley Lademann.
“It was a great shot,” FPC coach Pete Hald said after the game. “The keeper couldn’t do anything about that.”
Creek dominated the ball in the first half, with the wind on their side, jumping on every mistake made by the Bulldogs. The dogs did not control the ball enough, Hald said.
“I felt like we had really prepared ourselves — felt confident, like we really wanted this” Lademann said. “I don’t feel like we played to our potential.”
This was Hald’s 15th district final — and ninth in a row — as a coach at FPC, and his team has won four of them.
“We’ve been in second a lot, and it’s just disappointing,” Hald said.
Hald and his girls hope to “get another crack” at Creek in the regional tournament, but before they can get there, they face Fletcher Thursday, Jan. 27, away.
Last year FPC lost to DeLand in the district finals and knocked of Fletcher 1-0 in the first round of regional play.
That’s going to be tough to do again, Hald admitted. Fletcher is a challenging team that plays the whole width of the field.
“I don’t think they are as good as Creek,” Hald said. “I don’t think we will make any adjustments — just play our game.”