Lee County's two top girls' soccer teams collided on the soccer field at North Fort Myers Friday night for a classic challenge.
Monique Elliott put Ida Baker on the board with the game's only goal midway through the first half and the Bulldogs held on from there to claim a 1-0 victory at Moody Field.
"It went right down to the bitter end," said Red Knights coach Donna Agostinelli. "We had some great shots on goal, just couldn't get one in. We hit the crossbar, the post and saw some great saves."
North Fort Myers senior Melinda Lukas (17) dribbles into the offensive zone Friday night against Ida Baker. More photos are available online at: cu.cape-coral-daily-breeze.com.
Shannon Pearl assisted on Elliott's goal while goalkeeper Angela Christiano made nine saves to preserve the shutout down the stretch. It is the 10th shutout win of the season for the Bulldogs (17-1-1).
North (12-3) goalkeeper Amy Pavy was credited with seven saves.
"I think we did control a lot of the game," said Agostinelli. "It was a great game."
Both teams are off until January.
Cape Coral 1, Port Charlotte 1 (tie): Playing with seven junior varsity players to fill the spots of players absent due to a competitive team commitment, Cape Coral had to settle for a tie at Port Charlotte Friday night.
Juan Cano scored the lone goal for the Seahawks off an assist from Miguel Martinez. Austin Lachmann and Alex Collazo tended goal, making five saves each.
The Pirates tied the game with less than eight minutes remaining in the game.
The Seahawks (12-1-2) host Fort Myers on Thursday.
Ida Baker 5, North Fort Myers 2: Baker got two goals apiece from Landon Day and Jordan Pinto igniting Friday night's victory over North Fort Myers.
Day scored the first two goals of the game and Pinto connected on the next two consecutively to hold a 4-1 lead at halftime. Taylor Wagner added the fifth goal.
Goalkeeper Trey Crispin made seven saves for the Bulldogs (6-7-1), who are idle until January.
Mariner 9, East Lee County 0: Justin Kuchle, Glen Garron and Eric Rivera knocked in two goals apiece Friday night to lead Mariner to victory at East Lee County.
Josh Teeter, Lucas Orellana and Sean Garlan each added one goal while Alex Trujillo made two saves guarding the net.
The Tritons (9-3-5) must wait until Saturday to play again when they host their own six-team invitational tournament starting at 9:30 a.m.
South Fort Myers 52, Mariner 48: Andy Nelson connected for 16 points Friday night to lead South Fort Myers to victory over Mariner.
Rodney Hunter matched Nelson with 16 points and grabbed five rebounds for the Tritons (6-5). Rick Moore contributed nine points and five rebounds.
The Tritons host a Christmas Tournament starting Thursday.
Mariner 12 15 12 9 - 48
South FM 13 15 15 9 - 52
Mariner 48 - Mitchell 2, Patton 5, Moore 9, Nash 8, Hunter 16, Blissett 6, Deems 1. Totals: 17 8-14 48.
3PG: Nash 2, Moore 1, Patton 1.
South FM 52 - Fuller 2, de Jesus 5, Dixon 2, Kelly 15, Phalander 2, Phillips 7, Marry 7, Nelson 16. Totals: 18 11-17 52.
3PG: Kelly 3, Phillips 1, Marry 1.
Island Coast 82, Ida Baker 50: Island Coast coach Greg Coleman took his Gators to Ida Baker Friday night and beat his former team, the first District 6A-13 game of the season for both teams.
Six Gators scored in double figures, led by Angel Inchausti with 15 while Jordan Lugo and Morgan Foreman added 13 apiece.
"It was a great atmosphere," said Coleman. "It reminded me of the old days when I was there. It was a great win for us."
Sonel Mathurin hauled down a career-best and school record 23 rebounds for the Gators (5-5, 1-0 district).
Seth Woods led the Bulldogs (1-9, 0-1) with 13 points with Preston Grimm adding 11 points.
The Gators host Estero Monday night. Baker hosts Sarasota on Friday.
Island Coast 17 15 25 25 - 82
Ida Baker 17 9 13 11 - 50
Island Coast 82 - Lopez 2, Inchausti 15, Lugo 13, Darrett 12, Foreman 13, Thompson 11, Diaz 4, Mathurin 12. Totals: 30 12-15 82.
3PG: Inchausti 2, Lugo 2, Darrett 1, Foreman 2, Thompson 3.
Baker 50 - Benvie 3, Grimm 11, Woods 13, Snyder 4, Evans 8, Wicks 8. Totals: 18 13-23 50.
3PG: Grimm 1, Woods 1, Evans 1.
Cape Coral 56, North Fort Myers 38: David Flynn pitched in 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Cape Coral to victory Friday night at North Fort Myers.
Andrew Taylor added seven points and handed out eight assists.
The Seahawks (6-6, 5-0 district) don't play again until Dec. 27 in the Bradenton Christian holiday tourney.
Ida Baker 45, Island Coast 41: Jessie Placher pitched in a game-high 18 points while Ali Nicloy added 10 points and 10 rebounds to lead Ida Baker past Island Coast Friday.
The Bulldogs (9-4) next play in the Queen of Palms Tournament.
Ida Baker17 18 5 3 - 45
Island Coast12 9 19 4 - 41
Baker 45 - Nicloy 10, Mousso 4, Rodriguez 2, Benvie 2, Placher 18, Del Negro 9. Totals: 15 12-18 45.
3PG: Del Negro 1.
Island Coast 41 - Fasano 10, Sluud 10, Atazlin 2, Ellis 14, Goodwin 2, Ortiz 3. Totals: 16 7-8 41.
3PG: Ellis 1, Ortiz 1.
Cape Coral 60, North Fort Myers 44: Makenna Beach led a trio of double-figure scorers Friday night as Cape Coral remained unbeaten with a win over North Fort Myers.
Beach had 24 points, Crystal Townsend added 13 and Camry Williams 12.
The Seahawks (11-0) play host to a division of the Queen of Palms Tournament.
North FM7 12 12 13 - 44
Cape Coral4 28 12 16 - 60
North 44 - Kelly 5, Stramel 3, Zorbas 24, Young 12. Totals: 115 12-21 44.
3PG: Kelly 1, Zorbas 2.
Cape 60 - Williams 12, Beach 24, Townsend 13, Ramsey 9, Jones 2. Totals: 26 5-9 60.
3PG: Williams 1, Beach 1, Ramsey 1.