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Verot can't overcome slow start in Region 2A-3 girls soccer match

Tampa Academy of the Holy Names advances with 2-1 win

February 13, 2019
By PETE SISK ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

It took too long for the Bishop Verot Vikings to get going Tuesday night. As a result, what had been a dream season came to an all-too-soon conclusion.

Tampa Academy of the Holy Names dominated the first 60 minutes of the Region 2A-3 girls soccer final, taking a 2-1 victory that sent the Jaguars to a state semifinal match Friday at Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons.

"The energy wasn't there the first half," retiring Bishop Verot coach Randy Zavada said. "They won all the balls. I mean, they won all the balls. You've got to be in control and we didn't do that.

"In the first half they probably won 75-80 percent of the balls. That was a big difference."

The Vikings (16-2-4) got on the board with about 16 minutes remaining when Lander Peck hit Nicole Gulati with a great pass and Gulati drove it home into the net.

Bishop Verot played more even with the Jaguars the rest of the way, but didn't come close to scoring the equalizer.

"We still played a lot down in our end," Zavada said. "We still weren't putting any passes together."

Gulati had a chance in what was Bishop Verot's only first-half opportunity, but her shot hit the crossbar. Olivia Reagan's shot off the rebound was saved by Holy Names' goalie Ella Hileman.

For most of the night, failure to put passes together, along with an aggressive Holy Names team, caused trouble for the Vikings.

The Vikings, instead of moving the ball around, tried to send the ball deep for much of the contest.

"That's not our game," Zavada said. "We need to move the ball back and forth, across the field. For us to be successful, we have to put some passes together. We tend to play kickball until we realize, 'Hey, we can't play kickball any more.'

"The games we've been successful against the better teams, we put the ball on the ground and move it around from the get-go."

Madison Kurtz officially scored both goals for the Jaguars (16-5-1). The second may have actually been an own goal on Bishop Verot, the result of a collision between Vikings' keeper Mosha Beach and one of her teammates.

Beach was staggered for a couple of minutes after the impact, but remained in the Verot goal.

One of the officials remarked at halftime that it didn't seem as though the Vikings were used to playing physical soccer.

Zavada said it was just the opposite. They had just won a physical battle against rival Oasis in the region semifinals.

"I think we were a little gun-shy after the last game, because it was probably every bit - I mean, this wasn't as physical (as Oasis). They were close to being as physical, but with more purpose.

"I think our kids were a little gun-shy."

The only two losses the Vikings suffered this year both came on Verot's home pitch.

Tuesday's loss ended a 15-year run for Zavada as Bishop Verot coach.

"I'm a graduate, so I've been here forever," Zavada said. "Before the stadium was here, I was on this field.

"It's been a lot of fun. The kids are great. The kids, they're the whole thing."

Region 3A-4

Plantation American Heritage 3, North Fort Myers 1: The Red Knights' season came to an end Tuesday in the region final. Emilee Hauser scored North Fort Myers' only goal.

"They were fast and they were strong," Nick Erickson said. "We had multiple opportunities in the first half off set pieces. We were down 1-0 at halftime.

"The second half, 30 seconds in, they send a long ball in. It came off one of our players and lands at the foot of one of their players, and boom it's 2-0."

Hauser cut the margin in half with her 44th goal of the season.

"It was back and forth and back and forth after that," Erickson said.

"They got a very fortunate goal with five or six minutes to play. It was kind of a fluke situation.

"They put a couple more in the back of the net. As far as effort, we went toe to toe with them."

North finished the year 20-3.

American Heritage (18-1-1) will be on its home pitch again Friday in a state Class 3A semifinal against Largo.

Boys basketball

District 5A-10 tournament

Bishop Verot 46, Neumann 25: After a sluggish first half that ended with the Vikings leading 12-6, Bishop Verot (15-11) dominated the Celtics to move on to the district semifinals. Denzel Redd led Verot with 19 points and seven rebounds. The Vikings face top seed Community School of Naples in the semifinals, to be held at Neumann.

Oasis 73, Gateway Charter 62: The Sharks (15-7) advanced to a 5 p.m. semifinal against LaBelle. The game will be played at Neumann in Naples.

District 6A-12 tournament

Lely 68, Mariner 51: The Tritons' season ended at 6-20 after a loss to the Trojans. A 21-9 Lely third quarter was decisive. Rashawn Hunter scored 22 points to lead Mariner, and Alex Freeland had 15.

Girls tennis

Fort Myers 7, Mariner 0: Shani Idlette (FM) d Cydney Rentsch (M) 6-1, 6-2; Gabriella Mazzorana (FM) d. Kara Perchall (M) 6-3, 6-2; Alexandra Dorofeev (FM) d. Jennifer Martinez (M) 6-1, 6-1; Paris Thompson (FM) d. Desiree Sneckenberg (M) 6-0, 6-0; Valeria Meruvia (FM) d. Gianna Annarumma (M) 6-0, 6-0. Doubles: Idlette/Thompson (FM) d. Rentsch/Perchall (M) 8-2; Mazzorana/Dorofeev (FM) d. Martinez/Sneckenberg (M) 8-0.

Oasis 6, Gateway Charter 1: The only loss for Oasis came in doubles.

Bonita Springs 3, Island Coast 2: Singles: Bettina Passos (BS) d. Lucy Hartlieb 6-4, 6-4; Denver Boxleitner (IC) d. Jasmine Tran 6-0, 6-0; Isabelle Jobe (IC) d. Kelly Nguyen 6-1, 6-1; Catherine Glass (BS) d. Renata Molfino 6-4, 6-2. Doubles: Passos and Tran (BS) d. Boxleitner and Antonella Molfino 7-2; Nguyen and Glass (BS) d. Jobe and Renata Molfino 7-3.

Boys tennis

Fort Myers 7, Mariner 0: Tyler Carlin (FM) d. Ted Perchall (M) 6-0, 6-0; Chris Zuk (FM) d. Hunter Antone (M) 6-0, 6-1; Nathan Smiley (FM) d. Nathan Laws (M) 6-0, 6-0; Christian Spencer (FM) d. Jay Rusch (M) 6-0, 6-0; Samuel Smiley (FM) d. Ralph Arvey Leyesa (M) 6-0, 6-0. Doubles: Trey Rager/Jack Spencer (FM) d. Perchall/Antone (M) 8-1; Rohan Shenoy/Cam Thiele (FM) d. Laws/Gage Franklin (M) 8-0.



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