LIVE OAK — Suwannee opened the postseason with a 4-0 win against Gadsden County on Friday at Paul Langford Stadium.
Carson Frier and Bethany Mabey scored two goals apiece to help the Bulldogs advance to today’s district semifinal against top-seeded Wakulla.
“I love that Carson and Bethany were able to dominate,” said SHS coach Sarah Grillo. “I think we could have finished a few more (goals).
“If we can press and finish, we will play a competitive match against Wakulla.”
After putting three shots on goal in the opening minutes of the match, Suwannee finally broke through in the ninth minute with a breakaway goal from Frier. Mabey followed with a nice goal in the 23rd minute to increase the lead to 2-0. She lofted a high shot into the top left-corner of the net.
The Bulldogs had another pretty goal to start the second half. Goalie Leigh Wood sent a long kick that bounced around midfield, and then Frier flicked the ball forward with a header that found Mabey in stride. Mabey was one-on-one with the goalie and finished the goal.
Frier had the final goal of the night in the 58th minute to put SHS ahead 4-0.
“There are some things we need to emphasize — first touch and the need for finishing. We need to play to our strengths, passing and moving the ball, and capitalize on our shots, particularly in the attacking third.”
— Grillo on the keys for the upcoming match against Wakulla
Suwannee had some starters out against Gadsden County. Grillo said she hopes to have starters Stephanie Duarte, Diane Napolean and Cayleigh McCall on the field Monday, which would be a lift for the defense.
Suwannee and Wakulla met twice in the regular season. Wakulla won both times, 2-1 on Nov. 19 and 3-1 on Dec. 3.