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Girls Soccer Regional Semifinal Roundup: Leila Azari's late goal lifts Bolles

Posted: January 29, 2014 - 1:35am  |  Updated: January 29, 2014 - 1:43am

REGION 1-2A

Five seconds.

That was all that remained on the clock when freshman Leila Azari struck a dramatic winner at the end of double overtime, sending Bolles to a 2-1 victory over visiting Episcopal in the Region 1-2A semifinal Tuesday at Skinner-Barco Stadium. Bolles coach Matt Tracy had already made up his list of shooters for a penalty tiebreaker. But Azari took a ball from midfield, fought past a defender, and floated a winning shot over the goalkeeper from 25 yards out.

“The biggest thing is just pride in my team,” Tracy said. “Such a tough game. The rivalry has so much emotion, and they never quit believing.”

Episcopal forward Megan Slay gave the Eagles (12-6-4) the lead in the first half, only for Azari to tie the score just before halftime.

The Bulldogs (17-4-1) travel to meet Wakulla, a penalty-kick winner over Florida High.

REGION 1-4A

Fleming Island’s Audrey Johnson scored the game-winning goal with four minutes left, capping a stirring comeback as the Golden Eagles rallied to win 3-2 over visiting Ocala Forest.

Sophie Putzeys and Rachel Sorrentino scored two rapid-fire goals inside the opening 14 minutes for the Wildcats (19-1-2).

Fleming Island (16-3-2) fought back to tie the score on goals by Abby Austin and Kennedy Singleton. That set the stage for Johnson’s heroics, when she took a pass from Sam Saffer, weaved past two defenders, and fired home the winning goal.

The Golden Eagles advanced to meet the Pace-Navarre winner Saturday. That contest was postponed to Thursday because of bad weather.

REGION 1-5A

Fletcher’s season ended as Flagler Palm Coast’s Christen Barney scored the only goal in the Bulldogs’ 1-0 victory in the semifinal. Barney broke clear of the defense and scored in the 63rd minute. Fletcher finished 16-3-2.

REGION 1-3A

Frustrated by Bartram Trail in three contests this year, Ponte Vedra turned the tables on its county rivals in the game that mattered most. Sharks midfielder Hanna Parado scored the opening goal in the 35th minute as Ponte Vedra (17-3-7) ousted the host Bears 2-0 in the semifinal. Center forward Delaney Borror put the game away with a goal in the 66th minute.

Ponte Vedra (17-3-7) will meet the West Florida-Lynn Haven Mosley winner.

REGION 1-1A

Two-time defending state champion St. Johns Country Day swept aside host Tallahassee Maclay 7-0. The match was declared final at halftime because of unplayable field conditions.

Midfielders Chelsea Burns and Kay Kay Harding scored twice each for the Spartans (21-0-3), who extended a 43-game unbeaten run. Sarah Stankard, Payton Crews, and Alisa Detlefsen also scored. The Spartans will play at home Friday against Orlando First Academy or Windermere Prep.