Also in the Observer: Bulldogs girls soccer topples DeLand, New Smyrna Beach; Matanzas girls weightlifting picks up win in home-opener.
The Matanzas girls cross country team competed in the FHSAA Cross Country 3A State Finals on Saturday, Nov. 11, at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee. The girls — who were coming off wins at the Five Star Conference Championship, district meet and regional meet — finished in 11th place with an average time of 21:08.
45th Morgan Sharman, 20:22.50
56th Rain Marti, 20:39.77
70th Kelly Steffens, 20:54.62
97th Cassandra Hunter, 21:24.37
134th Lexie Hawkins, 22:19.33
Bulldogs girls soccer topples DeLand, New Smyrna Beach
In the first three games of the season, the Flagler Palm Coast girls soccer team picked up two wins and a tie.
The Bulldogs (2-0-1) defeated DeLand 8-0 on Nov. 6 at DeLand High School with Julia Lombardo and Saba Amiri scoring two goals apiece.
The Bulldogs then defeated district opponent New Smyrna Beach 4-0 on Nov. 9 at the New Smyrna Beach Sports Complex. FPC — which played without starters Lombardo, Ashley Puentes, Emily Puentes and and Francely Rodriguez — had 15 shots in the first half against the Barracudas but couldn't finish any of them. Brielle Landry scored the first goal of the game and assisted on two others. Landry was named the player of the game.
Finally, FPC played Rockledge to a 1-1 tie in the Bulldogs' opening home game of the season on Nov. 10 at Sal Campanella Memorial Stadium. Amiri scored FPC's lone goal off a header in the second half from a serve by Brittany Murphy.
Matanzas girls weightlifting picks up win in home-opener
The Matanzas girls weightlifting team won its first home meet of the season on Nov. 9 at Matanzas High School. The Pirates finished with a total score of 73, toppling Atlantic (44), Nease (36) and Deltona (7).
1st Place Finishers: Danielle Thompson (119), Grace Belanger (183), Juliana Smith (199) and Chiara Longo (UNL).
2nd Place Finishers: Jessica Gesek (101), Kim Delsordo (110), Katie Welker (119), Bianca Secor (129), Kalie Januszkiewicz (139), Adrianna Brandt (154), Taylor Phillips (169), Shaprie House (183) and Mary Leonard (UNL).
3rd Place Finishers: Riley White (110), Savannah Evans (129) and Cassandra Veilleux (169).