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Bulldogs, Knights to play for 3A-13 title

January 16, 2014
By JIM LINETTE ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Ida Baker and North Fort Myers advanced to the District 3A-13 girls' soccer tournament championship game with victories Wednesday night at Island Coast.

The Bulldogs took out South Fort Myers 7-1 while North Fort Myers clipped Mariner 2-1 on a late goal in overtime. The winners meet for the championship match at 7 p.m. Friday with both advancing to next week's regional quarterfinal playoff round.

Marcella Montoya and Franny Farella scored two goals apiece to lead the Bulldogs in addition to single goals by Gabby Hallnan, Gabby Morales and Roxie Fraser.

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North Fort Myers freshman Nicole Paquin (19) beats defender Tabita Aguilar (5) of Mariner during Wednesday’s 2-1 overtime win in the District 3A-13 tournament semifinal. More photos are available online at:

South scored on its only shot on goal in the first half to take a 1-0 lead at halftime. The lead lasted until the Bulldogs' offense finally got on track, knocking home all seven goals in the final 20 minutes of the match.

Later, North Fort Myers had to come from behind in the second half to force overtime. Holly Fritz put the Tritons on top with a goal in the first half.

Darian Leschewski tied the game with a 22-yard free kick goal 10 minutes into the second half, a deadlock that lasted through regulation time. With a mere 47 seconds remaining in the OT, Morgan Cook's goal sealed the Red Knights' victory.

The Knights (17-5) and Bulldogs (22-0-2) play for the district title at 7 p.m. Friday at Island Coast.

Boys Soccer

Bishop Verot 2, Cape Coral 1: Bishop Verot came from behind with two goals in the second half to hand Cape Coral its second defeat of the season Wednesday night.

Kevin Retana's first-half goal off an assist from Miguel Martinez gave the Seahawks a 1-0 lead. It lasted until Verot's free kick goal put the Vikings in front for good.

"It was a great match," said Seahawks coach Aldo Nardiello. "It was a chess match with a lot of intensity. That's why we wanted to play them at this time of the year."

The Seahawks (17-2-1) host St. Thomas Aquinas for senior night on Friday at Dave Warkentin Field.

Boys Basketball

Bishop Verot 49, Barron Collier 37: Ricky Doyle hit a game-high 22 points to steer Bishop Verot to victory Wednesday night at Barron Collier.

Evan Williams and Thadeus Ward supported the Vikings with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

The Vikings (11-7) take on Live Oak Swanee at 5 p.m. Saturday in the Wally Keller Classic at Charlotte.



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