Over the years, Cape Coral and Mariner have endured some epic battles on the soccer field. Tuesday night was no different.
The game at Tony McKenna Field was scoreless until just past the halfway point of the second half when Mateo Perez and Juan Cano worked a little magic with a steal and fast break that ended with Cano scoring the game-winning goal in the Seahawks' 1-0 victory.
"It was fantastic," said Seahawks coach Aldo Nardiello. "It was another classic nail-biter and a district match. Both goalkeepers made fantastic saves."
Cape Coral freshman Camillo Avendano (4) tries to shield Mariner’s Lucas Orellana from getting to a ball going out of bounds during their match Tuesday night at Mariner High. More photos are available online at: cu.cape-coral-daily-breeze.com.
Cape goalkeeper Alex Colazzo was credited with 16 saves. Mariner keeper Alex Trujillo made eight saves.
"We were not sharp at all," said Tritons coach Martin Cardenas. "Cape played very well. They held the ball and moved the ball well. After they scored we had a couple of scoring opportunities at the end and failed to convert. Our defense has been playing extremely well and our keeper is playing very well, but we aren't finishing plays. That's been our problem all season.'
The Seahawks (10-1-1, 5-0 district) host Riverdale on Friday while the Tritons (5-3-3, 2-1-2 district) travel to Port Charlotte Thursday night.
Cape Coral 49, Mariner 43: David Flynn struck for a game-high 22 points to help lead Cape Coral to a District 5A-13 victory at Mariner Tuesday night with a fourth-quarter comeback.
Mariner led 38-34 after three quarters, but the Seahawks outscored the Tritons 15-5 in the final period to pull out the win. Chase Galuzny added 13 points for the Seahawks (3-4, 3-0 district).
Rick Moore led the Tritons with 11 points and five rebounds.
The Tritons (4-3, 2-1 district) travel to North Fort Myers for another district match Friday night. The Seahawks host Riverdale on Friday.
Cape Coral 12 8 14 15 - 49
Mariner 11 12 15 5 - 43
Cape 49 - Boyd 2, Galuzny 13, Flynn 22, Mesaros 5, Taylor 7. Totals: 16 13-18 49.
3PG: Flynn 2, Mesaros 1, Taylor 1.
Mariner 43 - Mitchell 5, Inkster 6, Moore 11, Nash 7, Hunter 8, Blissett 4, Deems 2. Totals: 14 13-16 43.
3PG: Inkster 1, Nash 1.
Dunbar 64, Ida Baker 28: Dunbar broke out on top and never look back in Tuesday night's rout of Ida Baker.
Nate Evans had six points to top the Bulldogs (1-6), who travel to Island Coast Friday night.
Ida Baker 5 9 5 9 - 28
Dunbar 21 21 18 4 - 64
Baker 28 - Evans 6, Donabed 2, Grimm 4, Woods 4, Schneider 2, Perez 2, Medina 4, Wicks 4. Totals: 6 15-19 28.
3PG: Woods 1.
Dunbar 64 - Byrd 10, Paulik 12, Williams 10, Barnes 5, Smith 2, Greene 4, Sutherland 6, Peniston 12. Totals: 27 4-7 64.
3PG: Byrd 2, Paulik 4.
Mariner 4, Cape Coral 0: Four different players scored goals Tuesday night as Mariner shut out District 3A-11 rival Cape Coral.
Holly Fritz, Megan Fritz, Heather Gillions and Alejandra Muro-Solis tallied the goals for the Tritons (6-2-3, 5-0 district), who host Dunbar Thursday night.
North Fort Myers 8, Cypress Lake 0: Melinda Lukas broke free to score five goals, including the one that ended the game with 11 1/2 minutes left in regulation time, to lead unbeaten North Fort Myers to its eighth shutout victory in 11 games this season.
The Red Knights (11-0, 4-0 district) also got single goals from Emma Berck-man, Megan Richards and Casey Gentile while Amy Pavy made six saves in the net.
North invades Mariner on Friday.
Oasis 3, SWF Christian 0: Sam Gon-zalez led Oasis to victory with two goals Tues-day night against South-west Florida Christian.
Morgan Kubarek added the third goal while goalkeepers Kayla Luchan and Emma Nelson combined for 18 saves.
The Sharks (2-3-1) play Wednesday night at Seacrest.
Dunbar 75, Ida Baker 45: Defending state champion Dunbar was too much for Ida Baker Tuesday night.
Jessie Placher led the Bulldogs with 17 points in the losing effort. Baker (5-3) plays Thursday night at Mariner.