Goleman’s forfeit might have an adverse effect on Miami Springs, but the Golden Hawks won’t go down without a fight.
Miami Springs defeated Reagan 5-3 in the most competitive of three GMAC quarterfinal matches Tuesday afternoon at Kendall Soccer Park.
Springs (14-3-4) will play Ferguson (14-3-1) on Wednesday at 5 p.m. in a GMAC semifinal at Milander Park. Palmetto (12-2) will play South Dade (13-1-2) at 7 p.m., also at Milander, in the other semifinal.
Ferguson, which advanced when Goleman had less than the minimum seven players needed to start a match, will be the more rested team in its matchup with Springs.
But Springs won’t use that as an excuse.
“We’ll be fine because we are used to playing up to four matches a week,” said junior Ale Salazar, who scored three goals for the Golden Hawks on Tuesday. “We condition and practice almost every day, so we are used to having heavy legs.”
Besides the three goals from Salazar, the Golden Hawks got scores from Alyssa Deno and Odailys Matos to overcome two goals by Reagan’s Paula Quintero and one from Monique Pedroza.
Springs, which lost to Ferguson 2-0 earlier this season, has a young team with eight freshmen or sophomores starting. There is only one senior on the roster, and she comes off the bench.
“We’re super young,” Springs coach William Drew said. “You see that in our passing. We go dribble, dribble, dribble instead of pass, pass, pass.”
Springs played Tuesday without two injured starters: goalie Lianna Guerra (fractured foot) and defender Sofia De La Puenta (knee). A third starter, midfielder Veronica Lopez (knee), got hurt in Tuesday’s second half.
Despite their youth and the injuries, the Hawks showed their poise against Reagan, never trailing but surviving a threat when the Bison closed to within 3-2 in the final 20 minutes.
“We’re hurting,” Drew said. “But we’re not going to say we’re going to lose. We will come to play against Ferguson.”
• Palmetto 4, Miami Beach 0: Taryn D’Adesky had two goals, and the Panthers got one each from Alex Perez and Sophia Perez to advance to the semifinals in the other side of the bracket. Goalie Marti Stein got the shutout. Palmetto and next opponent South Dade split two previous meetings this season.
• South Dade 6, Terra 0: Jade Hayes scored four goals, and McKenzie Van Heusen added two goals and two assists to lead the Bucs. Sophomore Andrea Bueno stepped in for starter Brittany Hoskins (finger injury) and got the shutout. Hoskins also will miss Wednesday’s game.