One yr after struggling a surprising first-spherical upset loss to MAST Academy after coming in as the 2-time defending state champions, the Gulliver boys’ soccer staff was decided to not let it occur once more on Wednesday afternoon.
And the Raiders didn’t. Despite the fact that they confronted a really gifted Edison workforce a lot sooner than they might have anticipated (after Edison was upset by LaSalle in its district remaining), they used an early Truman Gelnovatch aim to construct some early momentum and ultimately dispatch Edison 2-zero in a Area four-2A quarterfinal match at Gulliver.
The win pushes the Raiders (17-1-three) into Saturday’s regional semifinals, the place they’ll host LaSalle at Gulliver at 2 p.m. or probably at FIU at 7 p.m.
Gelnovatch’s aim was a shocker for everybody together with his personal teammates. Lower than three minutes into the sport, a deep ball down the fitting line from Guillermo Meneses appeared headed out of bounds.
However Gelnovatch, regardless of being on the far proper aspect from 30 yards out, went excessive together with his proper foot and fired a rocket over Edison keeper Belenske Eresia’s head for his workforce-main twenty first aim of the season.
“It was nearly to exit of bounds, and I seemed up and noticed that their keeper had come out too far and was making an attempt to get again to the web,” Gelnovatch stated. “I assume he thought I used to be going to cross it, and I simply acquired some good foot on it and one-timed it over his head earlier than he obtained again to the web.”
From there, the Raiders performed strong protection earlier than including an insurance coverage objective within the recreation’s fifty fifth minute when Gelnovatch rifled one other shot from the left aspect that Eresia couldn’t deal with and Gabriel Babtista knocked in on the rebound.
“Credit score to Edison, a very nice group, and we knew getting off to a great begin early on in the present day can be essential, and you may’t get a greater begin than popping one in within the first three minutes,” stated Gulliver coach Matias Asorey. “Truman has been huge time for us all yr — he is aware of how one can put the ball behind the web and brings a handful to the desk for an opponent.”
For Edison, which completed 20-three, it was a disappointing finish to a historic season that got here lower than two weeks after this system’s first-ever GMAC championship.
REGION four-2A QUARTERFINAL: After a sluggish begin, La Salle scored twice en path to a 2-zero victory over Keys Gates.
“We began off actually tight,” stated LaSalle Coach Jorge San Miguel, “however we made some modifications and acquired some guys off the bench, after which we actually received going.”
The tie was damaged late within the half with a aim by senior Bernie Marti off a rebound. Bautista Duhour additionally scored, and Felipe Baptista had each assists. Keeper Iker Sanchez recorded the shutout.
The Lions will play Gulliver in a area semifinal. Gulliver beat them three-zero earlier within the season.
“Gulliver is an effective squad,” stated Miguel. “We’re going to work exhausting watching tape and on the follow area.”
REGION four-4A QUARTERFINAL: The Ronald Reagan boys’ soccer program made historical past early Wednesday night at Tropical Park Stadium. Only one week after upsetting Doral Academy to win the district title, the Bison (17-6-three) gained their first-ever regional playoff recreation when a Victor Herrera objective simply two minutes earlier than halftime stood up for a 1-zero victory over St. Thomas Aquinas.
“This feels nice,” Herrera stated. “Reagan boys’ soccer made historical past at this time, and now we need to hold it going.”
Reagan will host both South Broward or Doral on Saturday in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. with Tropical Park the possible venue.
Reagan’s aim got here off a nook kick that Danny Perez headed towards the aim. The unfastened ball bounced round within the center earlier than Herrera snuck his proper foot in and located the underside-proper nook of the web.
“Danny did a superb job of heading it, and it was only a matter of attending to the ball earlier than the keeper did,” Herrera stated.
St. Thomas (sixteen-four-2) utilized massive-time strain during the last quarter-hour, however Reagan keeper Jonathan Velez was equal to the duty making quite a few high quality saves.
REGION four-5A QUARTERFINAL: Danny Mayorga scored a pair of objectives and Eddie Velazco added one as Columbus cruised previous Coral Reef three-1 to advance to Saturday’s regional semifinal.
At three p.m. on Saturday, the Explorers (sixteen-7-1) will host Miami Seashore, which defeated Varela in penalty kicks in one other area quarterfinal. Columbus edged Seashore 2-1 in additional time within the district ultimate final week.
Velasco gave his staff a lead on Wednesday that it might by no means relinquish when he scored off an help from Julian Sera within the twenty sixth minute. Then, simply 4 minutes earlier than halftime, Velazco fed Mayorga an ideal ball down low, and he simply beat the Coral Reef keeper to make it 2-zero.
Mayorga then made it three-zero when he scored once more six minutes into the second half. Patrick Munoz scored Coral Reef’s lone objective with 25 minutes left, however the Barracudas (9-four-four) couldn’t penetrate good lockd-personal Columbus protection for the rest of the sport.
“Despite the fact that we have been up two at halftime, we all know Reef is an effective staff and we needed to hold enjoying,” stated Mayorga who missed a hat trick by inches when his direct kick from 30 yards within the final minute hit the crossbar. “As soon as we received that third aim, we have been in fine condition. Now we now have one other robust one with Seashore on Saturday, and we’ll need to be at our greatest.”
Extra boys’ soccer
▪ Area four-1A Quarterfinal: Palmer Trinity Faculty 5, SLAM zero: Alberto Franceschi had two objectives and an help, and Andres Montana scored twice to carry the Falcons (19-1-1). Henry Fernandez additionally scored, and Jonathan Ludwig added an help. Keeper Ethan Dobbins recorded his thirteenth shutout. Palmer will host Archimedean on Saturday in a area semifinal.
▪ Area four-1A Quarterfinal: Archimedean 5, Riviera Prep zero: Jourdan Zojaji scored 3 times, and Michael Villegas and David Cuitiva every had two assists. Cristian Cordon-Ruano and Dario Bovea Jr. added objectives, and Juan Lopez had an help.
▪ Area three-5A Quarterfinal: Stoneman Douglas 1, Wellington zero: Stoneman Douglas will host the winner of Lake Value-John I Leonard and Coral Springs at 7 p.m. on Saturday in a area semifinal.
Area 3A Quarterfinal: American Heritage 1, Mourning zero (OT): Landon Lupo scored the winner in sudden dying extra time off an help from Terrance Wilder. Keeper Jonathan Gomes recorded his seventeenth shutout for the Patriots (19-1-2). Heritage will host Pines Constitution at 7 p.m. Saturday.
▪ Area 3A Quarterfinal: Pembroke Pines Constitution 2, Miami Jackson zero: Michael Reid and Christopher Sanchez every scored. Goalkeeper Alex Benitez recorded his eighth shutout for the Jaguars (14-6-2).
▪ Area Quarterfinal: Miami Nation Day Faculty 2, Sagemont 1: Diego Oropeza scored from an help from Dre Medici, and Owen Wesley Scored the sport winner from an help from Erik Pantin. The Spartans (eleven-5-three) will host Westminster Academy at 7 p.m. Saturday.