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North girls top Cape 2-0 to secure district title

February 1, 2019
By PETE SISK ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

North Fort Myers won. Cape Coral didn't.

Both teams left Mariner High School happy on Thursday night.

The Red Knights won the District 3A-13 championship 2-0, with Emilee Hauser scoring for North in the first half and assisting on Makenzy Dupree's second-half tally.

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North Fort Myers juniors Taylor Metzger (left) and Makenzy Dupree celebrates Dupree’s goal during the Red Knights’ win over Cape Coral in the District 3A-13 championship Thursday night. To view more photos from the match, see the Cape Coral Breeze Facebook page.

For North Fort Myers (18-2), district finals are pretty much an annual tradition.

Coach Nick Erickson is used to having a trophy, and a berth in the state soccer playoffs.

"I felt good for the most part with how we played," Erickson said. "As long as we didn't beat ourselves, I thought we'd be pretty good.

Fact Box

Friday's boys soccer district finals

District 3A-13

At Cape Coral

Cape Coral vs. Mariner, 7 p.m.

District 2A-12

At Clewiston

Bishop Verot vs. Clewiston, 7 p.m.

"Very proud."

On the other hand, Cape Coral (9-11-2) hadn't reached the district final in a long, long time.

Often, a district runner-up trophy is about as welcome as a pop quiz the day before spring break.

Thursday night, it was cause for celebration for Cape Coral.

"We knew coming in we were the underdogs," Seahawks' coach Jamie Reimer said. "It was clean, it was well-played. We're super excited to be here. Cape getting to a district final hasn't happened in decades. So bringing this team to a district final match and fighting hard ... it was a great game all around. I'm very happy with how we played. We showed a lot of heart and a lot of dedication to stay on that field with a very good team."

North will be home on Tuesday to take on District 3A-14 runnerup Naples, which fell 1-0 to Barron Collier on Thursday in their championship match. Cape Coral will travel down to Naples to face Barron Collier.

"We'll be hosting" in the first round, Erickson said, "and then we'll see how it goes from there."

As far as the second round, Erickson was unsure whether the Red Knights would have a home game or a road match.

"Either way we'll be fine. I think we've shown we can go down there (to Collier County), play on the turf and get the results."

Cape played a defensive-minded game, seeking to keep a powerhouse Red Knights squad in check and hoping for a couple of breaks. The Seahawks kept North from piling up its usual offensive barrage, but didn't get those breaks.

"They were definitely sitting behind the ball that first half," Erickson said. "I thought that once we picked up on how they were doing their rotations, there was a 10-minute stretch there that we had three or four really nice opportunities that could have been goals."

As for Cape, Reimer said, "I've been coaching this team since 2011 and it took us that long to get here. So nothing but growth. We knew that no matter what, it was a district championship game, and us being here was a reward we worked hard for. We're all very happy to be here."

District 2A-12

Bishop Verot 3, Oasis 1: The Vikings (14-1-1) broke open a 1-1 halftime, using superior depth to wear down the Sharks (12-3) in the district championship match in LaBelle Thursday. Cara Zimmerman scored the Sharks' goal late in the first half on a penalty kick after Oasis' Ariana Wilson was fouled. The second half was all Verot, making use of 11 reserves to only five Oasis substitutions. The Vikings will be home Tuesday for the first round of the state Class 2A playoffs against Tampa Academy of the Holy Names, the runner-up from District 2A-9. Oasis, meanwhile, will travel to take on 2A-9 champ Tampa Berkeley Prep.


Boys basketball

Ida Baker 83, Cypress Lake 73: Senior Blake Donnelly scored a game-high 28 points as the Bulldogs (7-14) defeated Cypress Lake (6-14) on Senior Night at Ida Baker. Brayan Aguirre scored 15 points, David Aguirre chipped in 11 points and Vince Quijano added 10. For Cypress Lake, Xavier Harris scored 24 points and Carlen Etienne had 23. Ida Baker plays Tuesday at Gateway Charter.

Riverdale 78, North Fort Myers 40: Riverdale improved to 14-4, dropping North to 3-17. Ethan Gibson scored 14 points for the Red Knights, who play Monday at East Lee County.



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