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Soccer season over for Cape, Mariner

January 31, 2013
By JIM LINETTE ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Both Mariner and Cape Coral came up short in Wednesday's Region 3A-3 quarterfinal matches, both in disappointing fashion.

The Tritons played two overtime sessions at Tony McKenna Field only to lose 2-1 just 30 seconds from going into the penalty kick tiebreaker.

"They took a corner kick that we cleared, but it hung around the 18-yard box and their player drive it through a crowd in front of the goal," said Tritons coach Martin Cardenas.

Midway through the second half, Isaiah Romano was taken down on a foul inside the penalty box, setting up a successful penalty kick taken by Lucas Orellana that tied the match 1-1.

"We played tough on defense just like we had all season," said Cardenas. "We were very disciplined and worked extremely hard in the midfield in the second half, just couldn't get the break we needed."

Goalkeeper Alex Trujillo finished with eight saves, most of those coming in the first half.

The Tritons finish the season 16-6-5 while Immokalee advances to the regional semifinal round at Estero on Friday.

Estero 2, Cape Coral 0: Cape Coral's rebuilding season came to an abrupt end Wednesday night in the regional quarterfinal round of the Region 3A-3 state playoffs at Estero.

The Wildcats got the only goal they needed in the first half, putting the Seahawks in comeback mode the rest of the night.

"We had to gamble late in the game being behind," said Seahawks coach Aldo Nardiello. "They got us again with about five minutes left while we were gambling."

The Seahawks graduated 15 seniors off last year's team and campaigned this season with one player with four years of varsity and one with three years of varsity experience.

"Not too shabby for a rebuilding year," said Nardiello. "It hurts to lose, but it was a very, very good year. I think we overachieved, but it gave our young players a chance to see what it takes to win at this level. We will be very strong for the next couple of years."

The Seahawks finish 17-4-3 while the Wildcats advance to Friday's regional semifinal against Immokalee.

Girls Basketball

Cape Coral 58, Cypress Lake 15: Mackenna Beach pumped in a game-high 27 points to lead Cape Coral to a comfortable victory over Cypress Lake Wednesday night in the District 5A-13 semifinal round at Cape.

Camary Williams added nine points for the Seahawks (22-1), who face No. 2 seed Lemon Bay in Friday's championship game at Cape.

"We played a good strong defensive effort to start," said Seahawks coach Kirk Myers. "The girls are looking forward to Friday's championship with the attitude of some unfinished business that we did not complete last year."

Lemon Bay ousted North Fort Myers 50-47 in Wednesday's semifinal round.

Ida Baker 59, Riverdale 50: A strong fourth quarter enabled Ida Baker to pull away to record a nine-point victory Wednesday night in the District 6A-13 Tournament semifinals at Baker.

"We play for a championship for the first time at home," said Bulldogs coach James Sparkman.

The second-seeded Bulldogs (14-10) face top-seed Fort Myers at 7 p.m. Friday night in the title game.

Jessie Placher led the Bulldogs with 27 points while Ali Nicloy contributed 15 points and 10 rebounds. Angela Mousso pitched in with six points, seven rebounds and blocked three shots.

Riverdale 19 8 8 15 - 50

Ida Baker 14 7 10 28 - 59

Riverdale 50 - Moyer 34, Malivert 3, Walker 8, Smith 3, Haag 2. Totals: 20 9-21 50.

3PG: Smith 1.

Baker 59 - Placher 27, Del Negro 3, Nicloy 15, Benvie 8, Mousso 6. Totals: 20 19-23 59.

3PG: none.

Fort Myers 52, Island Coast 28: Leann Ellis scored more than half the points for Island Coast Wednesday night in a lopsided loss to No. 1 seed Fort Myers in the District 6A-13 Tournament semifinals at Ida Baker.

Ellis finished with 17 points for the Gators, who finished the season at 10-15.

Fort Myers (20-6) advance to the championship game at 7 p.m. Friday against No. 2 seed Baker.

St. John Neumann 60, Oasis 26: Jordan Westendorf and Katie O'Connor tallied eight points apiece Wednesday night in a lopsided loss to St. John Neumann in the semifinal round of the District 3A-11 Tournament at Community School of Naples.

"It was a comedy of errors tonight," said Sharks coach Sam Wood. "We definitely did not come to play."

Neumann advances to Friday's championship game.



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