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2-1 win Friday, gives Tritons 3A-13 crown in girls soccer

February 2, 2018
By PETE SISK ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Whether you call it sudden death or sudden victory, it sure was sudden.

Michelle Vidal's putback on Taylor Yount's free kick sent the Mariner Tritons into a frenzy Friday night, giving the Tritons a 2-1 overtime victory over North Fort Myers in the District 3A-13 girls soccer championship match.

Vidal's match-winner came at 8:38 of the first overtime period Friday at North Fort Myers High School.

"They were pretty pumped for the game," Mariner coach Jami Hagy said. "I think last year they fell short in the district playoffs. They honestly wanted this game so much. We wanted to beat North. They're a great team. The girls had put in their work and they knew what we were up against."

Friday night was an all-out effort on both sides, with players struggling through injuries, cramps, and in some cases playing while recovering from the flu. Vidal had been down on the field twice in the late stages battling cramps before delivering her game-winner.

"We always say to follow up on your shot," Hagy said. "That's been, in the majority of the games against the better teams that has been the decider."

It was a bitter pill to swallow for a North Fort Myers team that had its chances to win.

"I definitely think our effort was worthy of a victory this evening," North coach Nick Erickson said.

"We had our opportunities to score. A good game, two distinctly different styles in how they go about playing."

Late in the second half came one particularly spectacular chance.

Taylor Kruse blasted a direct free kick on the Mariner goal, only to have Tritons' keeper Acyela Aydogmus knock it up and over the crossbar with 6:20 left in the second half.

"Acyela is special," Hagy said. "She was going after most shutouts in a season (18). She's tied for it right now (with 17). The class and caliber of player she is, she's the best goalkeeper."

The Tritons will be home today against Lely, which fell to Barron Collier in the District 3A-14 final. North Fort Myers hits the road for the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs at Barron Collier.

"We're fine," Erickson said. "A couple of years ago the same exact scenario happened. We went in there that other time and got a W."

An extra concern for North is the health of defensive captain Makenzi Walden, who suffered a right knee injury with 12:19 left in regulation. She did not leave the trainer's bench until well after the game.

The first half was scoreless, with North getting the upper hand in possession, but not getting many shots at Aydogmus. When the second half began, the intensity ratcheted up several levels.

Mariner put the pressure on in the early minutes of the second half, but it was North that broke out on top. Emily Hauser fired a shot past Aydogmus with 30:48 to play, giving the Red Knights a 1-0 lead.

Mariner would answer with a rush that resulted in Yount getting her own rebound and putting it past Hailey Weaver with 21:52 remaining in regulation.

"At the end of the day, we made two errors that cost us the game," Erickson said. "Two errors. We had a marking problem, and our goalkeeper wasn't positioned high enough on the first goal. I think if she's higher in her box, it eliminates that altogether."

District 2A-12

Bishop Verot 1, Oasis 0: Nina Gulati scored on an assist by Nicole Gulati in the 55th minute to give the Vikings the goal they needed to defeat Oasis for the District 2A-12 championship. Ana Beach earned the shutout in goal, helped by the Verot defensive unit of Meagan Brown, Bryde Camron, Keara Haataja, Ella Sarnac and Burdilla Camron. The win means the Vikings (18-3-0) will be home on Feb. 2 to open the Class 2A state playoffs against Sarasota Military Academy. The Sharks (11-3-1) will travel to Sarasota to face Cardinal Mooney on Feb. 2.

Boys basketball

Cape Coral 67, Port Charlotte 47: In a game the Seahawks needed to stay in the District 7A-10 race, Cape Coral (14-6, 7-3) got revenge for an earlier loss to the Pirates (11-5, 6-3). James Gibson had 15 points, Harwin Francois 13 points and nine rebounds, Bryan Markovich scored 12 points and had 12 boards, and Travaun Smaller scored 10.

Charlotte 103, Ida Baker 68: Charlotte (13-6, 8-2) took over first place in Distict 7A-10 with a big win and Port Charlotte's loss to Cape Coral. For the Bulldogs, Blake Donnelly had 27 points and six rebounds. David Aguirre scored 13 points and Corey Friar had 11 for Ida Baker (4-13, 2-7).?

Mariner 81, SW Florida Christian 48: The Tritons improved to 15-6 with a non-district victory. Dakota Deveteuil scored 16 poins for Mariner, while Bryce Rohrbach had 10. ?

Lemon Bay 63, North Fort Myers 45: The surging Manta Rays improved to 13-6, 6-4 in District 7A-10 with a win against North. Lemon Bay has won six games in a row.

Bishop Verot at Island Coast: This game was canceled.

Girls basketball

Cape Coral 52, Port Charlotte 34: Cape Coral (18-3, 11-1) wrapped up the top seed for the District 7A-10 girls tournament with a win over the Pirates. Crystal Tisme scored 17 points and had for assists for the Seahawks, while Alexia Poposky had 11 points and Joilynn Lewis had eight rebounds.

Lemon Bay 57, North Fort Myers 39: Lemon Bay improved to 11-10, 4-4 in District 7A-10, downing the Red Knights (5-13, 1-6).

SW Florida Christian 61, Mariner 31: SW Florida Christian is 16-5 with the non-district victory, while Mariner is 2-14. Sophomore forward Naomi Darrett had 18 points, 16 rebounds and five steals for Mariner.

Boys soccer

Community School of Naples 3, Ida Baker 1: The Ida Baker Bulldogs (5-14) have their first-round District 4A-12 match on Monday at Lehigh.



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