Oxbridge Academy captures state girls soccer title


The Oxbridge Academy girls soccer captured its first state championship, holding on for a 3-2 victory Wednesday over Montverde Academy in the Class 2A final in DeLand.

Trailing by a goal at halftime, the ThunderWolves scored two goals in the second half and then held on for the victory.

The championship was the first for Oxbridge Academy (15-1-2), which advanced to the regional finals in 2014 but failed to advance past the district tournament the past two seasons.

“The girls represented themselves, our team and Oxbridge amazingly,” second-year coach Staci Wilson said. “I am beyond proud of every single player. It was a total team effort. Hard work and never giving up on each other paid off.”

Oxbridge took an early 1-0 lead on an unassisted goal by junior Allison Breed. The Eagles (25-3) tied it up and then went ahead 2-1 just before halftime on a pair of goals by Shayla Smart.

Breed evened the score early in the second half, followed by the game-winning goal from Maryland signee Jordan Schaefer with 20 minutes remaining.

The ThunderWolves, who beat Tampa-Academy of the Holy Names 1-0 in overtime Friday to earn a spot in the title game, then held on for the win.

Oxbridge outshot Montverde 21-12 and Merissa Chu had four saves in goal.

The last Palm Beach County girls soccer team to win a state title was American Heritage, which defeated Ocala-Trinity Catholic 1-0 on penalty kicks in the 2014 Class 2A championship game.

Another Palm Beach County team will play for the Class 5A state championship Friday when undefeated Boca Raton and undefeated Oviedo meet in a 4 p.m. showdown at Spec Martin Stadium.



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