Top seeds Cape Coral and Mariner stayed on track to meet in the District 3A-13 boys' soccer tournament championship game with first-round wins Monday at Mariner's Tony McKenna Field.
The Seahawks disposed of No. 8 seed Island Coast while the Tritons did the same to No. 7 seed East Lee County. Both matches ended in 8-0 mercy rule decisions.
In Wednesday's semifinals the Seahawks (19-2-1) meet Lemon Bay at 5 p.m. followed by the Tritons (16-3-4) taking on Ida Baker at 7 p.m. Lemon Bay shut out North Fort Myers 3-0 with three first-half goals and Baker edged South Fort Myers 1-0.
Cape Coral sophomore forward Jonathan Torres (12) scored the Seahawks’ first two goals in their opening round playoff win Monday afternoon. More photos are available online at: cu.cape-coral-daily-breeze.com.
"We're trying real hard to keep it in the Cape," said Seahawks coach Aldo Nardiello.
The Seahawks, who led 5-0 at halftime, got two goals each from Jonathan Jimenez, Camillo Avendano and Kevin Rentana. Cape's other goals came from Eli Vega and Mateo Perez.
Avendano finished with two assists with single assists by Oscar Trujillo, Mateo Arango, Rentana, Vega and Hunter Guerrero. Goalkeeper Austin Lachmann made four saves to preserve the shutout.
The Tritons took care of business against the No. 7 seeded Jaguars in just 40 minutes. Eric Rivera tied the school record in a postseason game with five goals. Ray Gerke added two goals and Ton Diller had one.
Trevor Jurkowski and Hunter Sperry each were credited with two asissts and goalkeeper Michael Laborde made one save to set a new school record for most shutouts in a season the team's 17th of the season.