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North, Cape battle for girls’ District 3A-13 soccer crown

January 31, 2019
By PETE SISK (news@breezenewspapers.com) , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

It will be one of the traditional powers and an eager newcomer in Thursday's District 3A-13 girls soccer championship match.

North Fort Myers, the top seed in the district, took a 3-0 win over Mariner, the host school, in the semifinals on Tuesday.

Cape Coral will be in the final for the first time in quite a while after getting past second-seeded Lemon Bay, 1-0.

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MICHAEL PISTELLA / mpistella@breezenewspapers.com

North Fort Myers junior Emilee Hauser (18) tallied two goals and an assist in the Red Knights’ 3-0 win over Mariner Tuesday night to reach the District 3A-13 girls soccer championship match against Cape Coral Thursday night. To view more photos from the match, see the Cape Coral Breeze Facebook page.

"This is a major turning point for Cape," Seahawks' coach Jamie Reimer said. "We had a super-good season, beating Mariner. That put us in this position playing Lemon Bay instead of North.

"We're going to see the district finals, and that's something that I haven't seen in my eight years coaching. We're super excited."

There was only one goal in Tuesday's first semifinal, and it was a long time coming. Camila Trujillo scored on an assist by Kailee Kefer just before the second-half water break.

"We were hoping to put one earlier. I told the girls to be patient," Reimer said. "Have faith in each other, stay in their positions and just wait for it. When the opportunity came, Cammie Trujillo took full advantage, put it right on net."

North Fort Myers, meanwhile, will be making its sixth consecutive appearance in the district final.

Emilee Hauser powered the North Fort Myers attack on Tuesday, scoring two first-half goals and assisting on Michelle Horan's tally in the final two minutes of the match with Mariner.

"Great first half," Red Knights' coach Nick Erickson said. "The second half -- we could have played better in the second half. But I told them the first half was the best 40 minutes of soccer I've seen from our team all year."

Mariner, with star Taylor Yount on the sidelines in a cast, struggled mightily in the first half Tuesday. The Red Knights completely dominated play, and the Tritons did well to reach intermission down only 2-0.

The second half was far more even until the final moments leading up to Horan's goal. Mariner had several opportunities, but couldn't cash in.

"It's Mariner-North, and it's the best girls' rivalry around regardless of sport," Erickson said. "You expect that. A good group of girls, well-coached. We took a punch and gave it back."

"The goal is always to get to the final because that gets you into the (state) tournament," Erickson said. "That goal was accomplished.

"You want to play at home (district champ is home to open the playoffs, while the runner-up takes to the road). Cape's going to come at it. They've got a taste of it for the first time, so they're going to be excited, they'll be ready to roll. I assume our girls will be ready to roll, too, and we're looking forward to a good game."

The odd team out, Mariner, was understandably despondent after the match with North.

"They play hard," Tritons' coach Jami Hagy said of her team. "They just sometimes doubt themselves. When they really get the confidence they're a totally different team.

"We did good. We tried, and that's all we can ask. That's all we can ask of anybody."

Boys soccer

Bishop Verot 3, LaBelle 2 (SO): The Vikings won a shootout 5-4 to advance to the District 2A-12 championship match on Thursday. Jackson Ames and Ryan Cloutier scored in regulation for Bishop Verot. Cloutier, Tomas Bickel, Andre Rocha, Marc Cyr and Jarred Simmons scored in the shootout. The opponent in Thursday's final will either be top-seeded Clewiston or Gateway Charter.

Boys

basketball

South Fort Myers 71, Cape Coral 65: The Seahawks dropped to 6-16. Next up is a game Friday at Fort Myers.

Palmetto Ridge 69, Ida Baker 48: David Aguirre scored 18 points for the Bulldogs as Ida Baker (6-14) fell in a non-district road game. Kamonte Grimes and Malique Dieuchonne scored 15 each for Palmetto Ridge. Ida Baker is home Thursday against Cypress Lake for Senior Night

Girls basketball

Ida Baker d. Palmetto Ridge, score not available: The Bulldogs (2-20) picked up a victory against Palmetto Ridge (1-15). Next up for Ida Baker is a game Thursday at Cypress Lake.

Cape Coral 65, South Fort Myers 24: The Seahawks (17-7) coasted to the non-district victory. Cape Coral travels to East Lee County on Thursday.

Island Coast 40, Gateway Charter 39: Khiarra Polit scored 20 points to lead the Gators (10-13) and Angel Townsend had 12 rebounds.

Late Monday

Girls soccer

Oasis 7, LaBelle 0: The second-seeded Sharks (12-4) cruised past host school LaBelle to advance to the District 2A-12 championship match. Top-seeded Bishop Verot will be the opponent Wednesday in LaBelle.

 
 
 

 

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