District soccer: Arnold girls blank Bay in semis

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Published: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 21:32 PM.

PANAMA CITY BEACH — One form of pressure has been supplanted by another.

Camryn Means scored twice for Arnold to propel the Marlins to a 3-0 victory over Bay in the District 2-3A girls soccer tournament semifinals on Tuesday night at the Mike Gavlak Sports Complex.

Arnold clinched a berth in the regional tournament set to start next week. Looming first, however, is a third meeting against rival Mosley in the district championship on Friday at 7 p.m. The winner of that contest will host a regional quarterfinal game next Thursday, while the loser will play on the road.

“We are going to have to play our best (against Mosley),” said Means, limping a bit after getting kicked in the knee late against Bay. “We want to play with fun and aggressiveness, and we want to play evenly with their level of skill.”

Arnold (13-5) created numerous scoring opportunities against the Tornadoes (6-12), and Means, a freshman striker, was able to cement her team’s win with the Marlins’ final two goals.

Means and Kelli Crowley utilized clever teamwork to create Arnold’s second goal in the 39th minute. Crowley took a pass from Means and returned the favor by squeezing a pass between two defenders inside the 18-yard box. Means collected the pass and juked past a defender into open space, and she ripped a shot just under the crossbar for a 2-0 advantage at halftime.

Means said adding that goal just before the break provided a lift for the Marlins.

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