Region soccer final: Mosley can't hold lead, ousted by Ponte Vedra

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Published: Monday, February 3, 2014 at 20:50 PM.

PANAMA CITY BEACH — The lead evaporated first, and the opportunity to advance to the state semifinals vanished shortly thereafter.

Mosley held a one-goal lead briefly in the first half before Ponte Vedra recovered and quickly asserted control in a 4-1 victory over the host Dolphins in the Region 1-3A finals at the Mike Gavlak Sports Complex.

The Dolphins ended their season 13-2-2. Ponte Vedra improved to 13-3-8 and will play Plantation American Heritage in the Class 3A state semifinals on Thursday at Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne.

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The regional final started out well for Mosley, which staked a 1-0 lead on Elizabeth Vickers’ goal in the 10th minute, but the Dolphins couldn’t maintain their advantage for long.

Ponte Vedra’s Delaney Borror was positioned perfectly to clean up a teammate’s shot that glanced off of the hands of Mosley goalkeeper Mariah Rinehart and rolled right to Borror’s feet in the 13th minute. Borror deposited the ball in the back of the net to even the game at 1-all.

“We knew we’d have a little advantage from the fact they had to travel five, six hours,” Mosley coach Marek Betkowski said. “We thought we could surprise them in the first 15-20 minutes, and we did that. Then they came back (and tied the game) 1-1, and we gave up that goal too quickly. The girls were really affected by this.

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