Lady Bulldogs get huge senior night win

Chloe Price, Kyli Cruite and Ashley Ford scored a pair of goals each to help lead the Zephyrhills Lady Bulldogs soccer team to a 9-1 senior night victory over visiting Anclote.

The win gave a sendoff to seniors Cruite, Rachel Diaz and Savannah Scheuerman who played their final regular season game at Bulldog Stadium.

Adding goals for the Bulldogs were Annaliese Maldonado, Mia Morales and Bella Patrias.

The win gave Zephyrhills the most wins in the last 15 years in a single season with 11. This was also the first winning season for Zephyrhills as the Lady Bulldogs wrapped up the season with an 11-7 slate.

In other highlights, the Lady Bulldogs 88 goals on the season leads the Sunshine Athletic Conference and Class 5A-District 7.

Price, a junior has 68 career goals and leads the district in scoring with 36 goals, Morales is second with 26 goals this season.

This has been a season to remember for Jeffcott. The accolades are impressive, but losing the leadership of Cruite, Scheuerman and Diaz will be flet.

“They are the leaders,” said head coach Katie Jeffcott. “These girls don’t need to be loud to motivate their teammates.”

Wearing the Orange and Black has instilled a sense of pride in Scheuerman.

“Being a Bulldog means a lot, because it’s all I’ve ever known,” Scheuerman said. “From going to Stewart (Middle School) to coming to Zephyrhills High School, it’s been part of my life seven years.

“Being on this team, that Bulldog is what we represent. That is our mascot and our title. We fight under that title and protect it.”

Cruite’s experience as a ZHS was a pleasant surprise and one she will never forget.

“I got everything I ever wanted here,” Cruite said. “I got friends, I made a family and have supporters for soccer and other sports. Playing with these girls is an honor. Each one of them is special and amazing. They all have a special place in my heart.”

Diaz looks at her time with the Bulldogs as family time.

“This is the first family team I was ever a part of,” Diaz said. “It’s a pretty big deal. Playing with them is really fun. There are some up and downs, but in the end we’re having fun together. Just like a family.”

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