Girls soccer | Missed opportunities cost Manatee in loss at Venice

jdill@bradenton.comJanuary 17, 2013 

VENICE -- There were shots that glanced off the crossbar and one that rattled off the post.

Others were pushed out for a corner kick or gobbled up without the possibility of a rebound.

Manatee just couldn't find the net after countless chances in the second half of Wednesday's Class 4A-District 11 semifinal at Venice.

Consequently, the Hurricanes fell to the host Indians 2-1 and saw their season end.

Manatee (12-4-3) stormed out to a 1-0 lead behind Michaella Krebser's goal just three minutes into the match.

However, Venice dominated the flow of the game thereafter and equalized in the sixth minute before taking the lead in the 19th minute.

"We got outplayed in the first half," Manatee head coach George Ameres said. "We were fortunate to get that first goal, and things looked good. But once we got that first goal, I think our girls felt like, 'All right, that was pretty easy.' And then they kind of went into cruise control extremely early. I mean, there's a lot of game left. I think that kind of got Venice's momentum going. ... The girls came back after halftime. We regrouped. We reorganized, and they realized there was a lot of game left to be played."

Senior forward Kayla Aritt's point-blank effort in first-half stoppage time

didn't find any twine. However, it sparked the Canes to a strong second half effort that came up just short.

Aritt lashed a shot off the crossbar nine minutes into the second period and found the outside of the right post just five minutes later.

She also delivered Manatee's final attempt at sending the game into sudden death in the waning moments of the game, but Venice keeper Marlee Tyde registered a final huge save to preserve victory for the Indians.

Tyde's perceived weakness was ground shots, and Krebser's early goal came on a low roller that slipped past Tyde's diving effort.

From there, though, Manatee's shots on goal were all in the air, and Tyde either parried the ball out, used the posts and crossbar or snatched the Canes shots without letting a rebound happen.

"We knew she was good in the air, and we kept shooting in the air," Aritt said. "She had better chances at making the save. And we should have shot on the ground more. That was our mistake."

Tyde tallied 11 saves, and they all came following Manatee's goal in the third minute.

"We created plenty of opportunities," Ameres said. "And we had four or five great looks at the goal, point-blank opportunities, and she came up with some pretty big saves."

As a result, the Canes will lose five seniors from this year's team. Venice heads to Lakewood Ranch, a 4-0 winner over Braden River, in Friday's district championship game at 7 p.m.

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