Leaping forward: Class 2A Indian Springs upsets 5A Briarwood

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 14, 2006

The final 63 minutes and 45 seconds of Indian Springs&8217; game against the Briarwood Christian Lions Friday night seemed to last forever.

After taking a 1-0 lead 16:15 into the first half, Class 2A Indian Springs held off the Class 5A Lions&8217; (2-4-1) pressure to earn an upset victory.

&8220;This is a huge victory for us,&8221; Indian Springs head coach Rick Tozzi said. &8220;We have all kinds of respect for Briarwood. Most of the boys on both teams know each other and they&8217;re one of the major powerhouses in 5A.&8221;

Tozzi said his team battled despite the loss of star midfielder Reece Feist, who suffered a broken leg earlier in the week.

&8220;I&8217;ll put my starting 11 against anyone in the state,&8221; he said. &8220;But being such a small school keeps us from having much depth.&8221;

Indian Springs&8217; Ivy Duggan scored off an assist by teammate Carter McLean to give his team the one-goal victory and move its unblemished record to 7-0.

&8220;It feels great,&8221; Duggan said after the game. &8220;Carter crossed the ball in from the side and I was able to knock it home.&8221;

Indian Springs&8217; goaltender Lee Pantazis finished with nine saves while Briarwood goaltender Tom Pennington made four saves in the loss.

Tozzi said his team would have little time to celebrate as they prepare to face area foe Altamont tonight on the road. Indian Springs defeated Parkway Christian on Saturday to advance their record to 8-0, but he said Altamont would prove to be one of the team&8217;s biggest challenges this season.

&8220;They&8217;re our number one rival,&8221; he said. &8220;We&8217;re going to have to work harder than we did tonight if we want to win.&8221;

Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Oak Mountain 4, Spain Park 0: The Oak Mountain Eagles continued to dominate opponents on Friday night by shutting out area rival Spain Park 4-0.

Loy Vaughan, Eric Schaiwecker, Chris Markey and Blake Sorrel each netted a goal for the Eagles (9-1) in the win. David Esser finished with six saves for OMHS.


Spain Park 2, Altamont 1: The Spain Park Lady Jaguars defeated Altamont 1-0 in on Monday. Jags goaltender Lauren Arnold led Spain Park with two saves before the game was called for bad weather.

Briarwood 4, Spain Pak 1: Morgan Haney, Haley Taylor, Lauren Silvia and Rachel Jones each netted a goal for the Lady Lions as Briarwood defeated Spain Park 4-1 on Saturday. Deborah Ross had 10 saves in net for BCS while Spain Park&8217;s Katherine Walsh netted her team&8217;s only goal of the contest.

Indian Springs 5, Moody 0: The Indian Springs girls team continued to dominate opponents Friday night with a 5-0 shutout win over Moody.

Indian Springs limited Moody to one shot in the contest while Demi Lorant scored two goals and Kabita Jariwala, Megan Eskridge and Catherine Paihaki finished with one score each