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Plantation American Heritage ends North's soccer season

February 14, 2018
By PETE SISK ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

It's been an incredible run for the senior class of North Fort Myers girls soccer.

That run came to an end Tuesday night with 2-0 loss to Plantation American Heritage in the Region 3A-4 championship game.

Nick Erickson's seniors had unprecedented success for the Red Knights, posting 20-win seasons all four years, capturing two district championships and reaching the regional final the past three seasons.

Senior Taylor Kruse set the school's career goals scored record, and along with classmates Makenzi Walden, Macey Earhart, Rachel Horan, Amanda DaSilva, Avie Montoya and Erin Post, helped make North Fort Myers (20-4-1) a Southwest Florida powerhouse.

In each case, it was American Heritage (15-2-2 this year) that ended North's season in the regional final.

"Four 20-win seasons, two district titles and three regional finals," Erickson said. "That's pretty respectable. Pretty respectable."

Walden, injured in the District 3A-13 championship game loss to Mariner, saw her first action since that night when she got in for about three minutes of the first half Tuesday. North's defensive captain was not fully recovered from her right knee injury.

On Tuesday, two second-half goals by the Patriots' Marlee Fray were the official difference.

"We stressed that number 7 (Fray) was the girl we had to pay attention to and mark," Erickson said. "We were man-marking her at the beginning of the game and I thought things were fine, but I'm sure you could tell we couldn't get anything going offensively. We couldn't get into any flow. So we got out of that. And 4-3-2-1 (team alignment ) didn't go any better."

Actually, Erickson saw the difference all night long.

"Flat-out beat," Erickson said. "Flat-out beat.?"They won every ball. They got to every single ball. The exact opposite of what we've been preaching. They completely deserved it."

Tuesday's game was largely a reversal of North Fort Myers' win over Mariner last Friday. That night, it was North that got to the ball first, had that extra step.

American Heritage dominated time of possession Tuesday, particularly in the midfield. The Red Knights did get some good rushes, and Kruse had a couple of decent shots on goal, but the night belonged to the Patriots.

"Our first touch tonight was not very good and I thought that that killed us," Erickson said. "Even if we got two or three good touches, the fourth one killed us."

2A Regional final?Bishop Verot 2, Tampa Academy of Holy Names 1: Lander Peck and Nina Gulati scored for Bishop Verot, with Gulati's goal providing the difference that lifted the Vikings into the state Class 2A final four for the first time since 2014. Bishop Verot (21-3) will be playing at home in the state semifinals on Friday against Fort Lauderdale Oxbridge Academy.?


District 5A-10

Oasis 63, St. John Neumann 42: Gabe Casey and Kyle Bethel scored 16 points each to pace the Sharks in to the District 5A-10 semifinals at home against Bishop Verot. Casey was 4-for-4 from 3-point range. Taylon Hutchins added 12 points and eight assists. LaBelle faces top-seeded Community School of Naples in the other semifinal.

Bishop Verot 60, Gateway Charter 50: The Vikings (12-14) got 17 points each from Trace Darby and Denzel Redd, with Josh Schwartz adding 14 points and 13 rebounds.

District 6A-12?Semifinals at Immokalee

Mariner 78, Cypress Lake: The Tritons roared into the District 6A-12 champonship game with a dominant performance against Cypress Lake. Mariner (19-7) faces tournament host Immokalee on Thursday for the district title after the Indians downed Lely 85-60.


Bishop Verot 8, Barron Collier 4: The Vikings opened the season with a convincing victory against Barron Collier.

Lemon Bay 2, Mariner 1 (9 ininngs): A passed ball in the ninth inning was the difference in this one. Tritons pitcher Hannah Holloway struck out 14 batters and went 1-for-3 with a double at the plate.

Island Coast 15, South Fort Myers 1: The Gators opened up in style with a big win against the Wolfpack.

Charlotte 11, Ida Baker 1 (5 innings): The Bulldogs dropped their season opener on the road at Charlotte High.


Fort Myers 7, Mariner 0: Shani Idlette (FM) def. Nicole LaMura 6-0, 6-0; Gabriella Mazzorona (FM) def. Cydney Rentsch 6-0, 6-0; Ava Lyon (FM) def. Kalianne Chelf 6-0, 6-0; Alexandra Dorafeev (FM) def. Kara Perchall 6-0, 6-1; Elizabeth Leonard (FM) def. Rocio Gorrita Mas 6-0, 6-0; Fort Myers No. 1 doubles def. Mariner 8-1; Fort Myers No. 2 doubles def. Mariner 8-4.



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