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Mariner clips Lely to advance state soccer playoffs

February 7, 2018
By PETE SISK ( ) , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Mariner Tritons started slowly, but got the job done Tuesday night.

Cassidee Rentsch scored two second-half goals to lead the Tritons past Lely and into the second round of the state Class 3A girls soccer playoffs.

Up next is another showdown with North Fort Myers on Friday in a rematch of the District 3A-13 championship won by Mariner in overtime.

North went down to Naples and defeated Barron Collier 3-1 on Tuesday to set up the rematch.

Friday's match will be at Mariner.

"We were flat in the first half," Tritons coach Jami Hagy said. "Lely's a hard-working team and it's regionals now so you can't play flat. They all played harder in the second half."

Neither side made a serious threat to score in the first half.

Mariner (18-1-3) began to ratchet up its play a few minutes into the second half. Rentsch would score on a shot from the left of Lely goalkeeper Andrea Castillo with 28:12 to play.

Rentsch took advantage of a Trojans mistake to score the second goal. Castillo misplayed the ball, and Rentsch pounced on it and put into an empty net.

"All year she's stepped up big when we need her," Hagy said of Rentsch. "She's a shadow. We know that Taylor (Yount) scores the goals, but Cassidee has scored some really big goals for us this year."

"To me, that was a one-goal game," Trojans coach Jen Santiago said. "The second one was just a horrible mistake. It deflated us so much."

Lely (7-10-2) ended a decades-long drought by reaching the playoffs this season, and made Mariner work hard to survive and advance.

Mariner goaltender Acelya Aydogmus set a team record with her 18th shutout of the season.?"Shutout record for Acelya tonight," Hagy said. "I'm really proud of her."

The Trojans had some pride as well, knowing they both reached the playoffs and then gave Mariner all it could handle.

"We lost five seniors, three that started, and beyond that this is a young team," Santiago said. "We fought hard. I think we surprised some people. Next year a lot more will be expected of them."

Lely made the playoffs for just the third time since 1974, with the Trojans' last appearance coming in 2011.


North Fort Myers 3, Barron Collier 1: Emilee Hauser scored North's first goal and assisted on the second as the Red Knights (19-3-1) downed the Cougars (12-6-3) in Naples. Brook Hawkins's goal on a pass from Hauser gave North Fort Myers a 2-1 lead in the second half, and Haley Turner added a third tally just before the second-half water break. North Fort Myers eliminated Barron Collier for the third consecutive year.

Class 2A

Bishop Verot 8, Sarasota Military Academy 0: Nina and Nicole Gulati each a a hat trick and Lander Peck scored twice as the Vikings (19-3) rolled into the second round of the state 2A playoffs. Bishop Verot will have to travel to Sarasota Cardinal Mooney for its next match on Friday.

Sarasota Cardinal Mooney 4, Oasis 1: The Sharks (11-4-1) lost their first-round state playoff match on the road in Sarasota.

Oasis player signing with FGCU: Sharks star Alyssa Abbondandolo will sign her college letter of intent to play soccer for Florida Gulf Coast University on Feb. 13 prior to the boys basketball team's District 5A-10 tournament game against St. John Neumann in the Oasis gym. The signing is scheduled for 6:15 p.m., with the basketball game to start at 7 p.m.

Girls basketball

District 5A-10 tournament?

Bishop Verot 57, Oasis 38: The Vikings (19-6) eliminated the Sharks (10-13) from the tournament. Bishop Verot faces Clewiston in the semifinals at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Gateway Charter, while LaBelle and Gateway Charter square off in the nightcap.

Boys basketball?Cape Coral 66, Mariner 55: The Seahawks (17-6) got revenge for an early season loss to Mariner (16-7). It was Cape's first win against its archrival in six years. Jonnathan Moreno led the way with 20 points, while James Gibson had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds, Bryan Markovich had 15 points and eight rebounds, and Harwin Francois added nine points. Elijah Adams scored 14 points and Jahmel Myers had 13 for the Tritons.?

Fort Myers 58, North Fort Myers 22: Brandon Luttrell scored 16 for the Green Wave (13-10) in a home win against the Red Knights (3-18).?

Riverdale 76, Island Coast 62: The Raiders (13-7) had five players scoring in double figures, led by Jacob Tracey's 21 points, to win at Island Coast (3-20).

Bishop Verot 53, Cypress Lake 43: Andrew Shepherd scored 16 points to lead the Vikings (11-13) to the win over the Panthers (5-17). Josh Schwartz added 15 as Bishop Verot rode a 19-8 fourth-quarter performance to pull out the victory.?

Dunbar 73, Ida Baker 55: Dunbar finished its regular season 9-12 with a win against the Bulldogs (4-18). Four Tigers scored in double figures, led by Ty'Kurian Williams with 18 points. For Ida Baker, Stephen Hawkins scored 13 points, Corey Friar had 12 points and eight rebounds, and Blake Donnelly scored 11.



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