South Dade makes history with first trip to GMAC final


Special to The Miami Herald

South Dade rallied for a 3-2 victory over Palmetto to advance to the school’s first GMAC final in girls’ soccer.

The Bucs (14-1-2) will play defending GMAC champion Ferguson (15-3-1) at 7 p.m. Friday at Milander.

“We’re making history,” Bucs coach Erin Shelow said.

Early on, though, it looked like Palmetto would win and set up a rematch of the 2012 GMAC final. The Panthers (12-3) got on the board first in the 15th-minute on a goal by Sophia Paz.

South Dade tied the score on a blast by Allyssa Cili, but Paz’s second goal gave Palmetto a 2-1 lead.

That’s when the Bucs made their move, getting the equalizer by veteran Jada Hayes and the game-winner from tiny freshman Thalia Leal, who lofted a long boot over the Palmetto goalie.

“I didn’t think it was going to go in,” said Leal, flashing a smile.

The Bucs had chance to get a fourth goal when Isamar Duran hit the crossbar in the 72nd minute.

Palmetto nearly tied it a couple of minutes later, but Ava Gruener’s shot when wide left, and the Bucs and backup goalie Andrea Bueno survived.

Ferguson also had a close call in its semifinal, tying Miami Springs 1-1 at the end of regulation and then winning 4-2 on penalty kicks.

After Ferguson’s Isa Jara scored early in the second half, Miami Springs (14-4-4) tied the score when Ale Salazar was dragged down in the box and converted her penalty kick. It was her fourth goal in two days.

Ferguson got off to a bad start on penalty kicks when Angelica Gomez hit the right post, and Salazar made her shot.

But Ferguson’s Jessica Suarez converted, and goalie Patricia Pinckombe dove to her left to stop Springs’ Debbie Yance to preserve a 2-1 lead.

“I read her body positioning and her eyes,” Pinckombe said, “and then I just went for it.”

Given that opening, Ferguson put the game away with shots by Jara, Natalie Valderuten and the clincher from Marcela Ramirez.

“I was just hoping it would go in the net,” Ramirez said. “I was nervous.”

Ferguson, which advanced to the semifinals on a forfeit when Goleman failed to have enough healthy players to start the match, was out of rhythm, according to its coach.

“This was our first match in three weeks,” Richard Lopez said. “We should be much better on Friday.”


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Monsignor Pace went undefeated and took home the title during the District 15-1A duals at Monsignor Pace on Wednesday night. The tournament was held in honor of Manuel Quintero, the former wrestling coach at Dade Christian who passed away in September. Pace, which has won the past seven district titles, defeated Hollywood Chaminade 59-9 in the final

•  Other results: Pace d. Mourning, 43-33; Pace d. Jackson, 51-24; Pace d. Mater Lakes 63-12; Mourning d. Jackson 46-28; Mourning d. Mater Lakes 57-18; Jackson d. Mater Lakes 42-24; Chaminade d. Edison 21-16; Edison d. Curley 24-12; Chaminade d. Curley 33-0.


• Coral Reef 54, Palmetto 18 – CR (15-4): J. Hollin 16, A. Arabitg 14, A. Alespeiti 7, S. Schonenberg 6, R. Alespeiti 5, J. Esdaile 2, S. Flores 2, C. Rodriguez 1, K. Toussant 1. PAL: M. Bellingheiri 4, J. Calice 3, C. Bistrong 3, D. Gross 3, T. Quartin 2, A. Elliot 2, V. Miyazaki . Three-pointers: Schonenberg 2, Arabitg 2. Rebounds: Hollin 18.

• American 62, Edison 8 – Amer (14-4): Bradshaw 23, Vargas 11, Smith 10, Jones 10, J. Williams 3, D. Williams 2, Piedrahita 2, Arellano 1. Edi: Jean Baptiste 5, Harris 3. Halftime: American 40-5. Three-pointers: Vargas 1, Bradshaw 1. Rebounds: Smith 6. Assists: D.Williams 2. Steals: Bradshaw 6.

• Miami Springs 32, Coral Gables 26 – MS: Zapata 5, Williams 1, Padrino 4, Romero 4, McKenney 14, Harrell 4. Rebounds: Padrino 12. Steals: McKenney 8. Assists: McKenney 5.

• Florida Christian 45, Carrollton 11 – FCS (14-6): Jimenez 8, Martinez 9, Saumel 4, K. Jim 2, Donato 5, Renouf 10, Maella 2, L.. Jim 4. CAR: Ingram 3, Battle 2, Banjanda 6. Halftime: FC 22-7. Three-pointers: Martinez 1. Rebounds: Wright 6. Assists: Jimenez 5. Steals: Jimenez 6.

• Lourdes Academy 56, South Miami 37 – LOU: Suarez 18, Jordan 15, Farinas 8, Palmer 7, Buitrago 4, Nunez 4. SM: Cummings 8, Ka.Brown 6, Brown 6, Valdes 5, Puertas 5, Graham 4, Ayerdis 3. Halftime: Lou 32-19. Three-pointers: Jordan 1, Buitrago 1, Valdes 1, Ayerdis 1. Rebounds: Palmer 12. Assists: Suarez 7. Steals: Jordan 6.

• TERRA 45, Doral 35 – TER: Perlberg 14, Tato 13, Corujo 9. Rebounds: Tato 11, Pandolfo 6. Steals: Zagales 4.

• Palmer Trinity 30, Archimedean 29 – PT (3-8): Bonet 12, DaGrosa 8, Becker 6, Pico 2, Vasquez 2. AC(2-6): Surio 8, Valdes 6, Gantzios 5, Delgado 5, Villasis 2, Ruocco 1. Halftime: PT 17-9. Three-pointers: Surio1, Gantzios 1, DaGrosa 1. Rebounds: Becker 6. Steals: DaGrosa 2. Assists: Chumbley 2.


• Archbishop Curley 56. Miami Country Day 40 – CUR (12-5): Lemonier 21, Cheron 14, Ermitus 6, Maurice 2, Brown 15. MCD: Clements 9, Parizo 7, Woodside 6, Alvarez 2, Zimmer 15, Kyddi. Halftime: CUR 21-20. Three-pointers: Ermitus, Clements, Zimmer. Rebounds: Brown 13. Assists: Cheron 3, Lemonier 3, Ermitus 3. Steals: Lemonier 4.

• Gulliver Prep 74, St. Brendan 44 – GUL (13-3): Ralat 21, Lafuente 15, Chasin 13, Beattie 9, Thomas 8, Grimwade 6. StB: Dominguez 12, Hardaval 10, G. Garcia 6, Suarez 5, Moliver 5, Ruiz 2, Claro 2, E. Garcia 2.


• MAST 1, Florida Christian 1: Gaby Muino 1 goal.Mimi Godoy (FC) goal. MAS 7-5-4.

• Miami Beach 8, Braddock 1: Jessie Stein 3 goals, 1 assist. Star Emison 2 goals. Cristy Mejill 2 goals.


• Sunset 8, Hialeah Gardens 0: Keion Boucaud 1 Goal, Angel Rodriguez 1 Goal, Chris Armendariz 7th Shutout. Sun 12-1-4 (7-0-4).

• Miami Country Day 6, South Florida HEAT 0: Eduardo Macedo 2 goals. Rafi Kassin, Connor Quinton, Joel Meler, and Nick Bank had one goal each. MCDS 12-3-3.

• Westland Hialeah 2, Miami Springs 1: Maykol Valdes and Renato Gonzalez had one goal each.

• American 5, Homestead 0: Osmar Sequeira 3 goals, 1 assist. Diego Arcon 1 goal, 1 assist. Danny Zuluaga 11th shutout. AMER 13-3-4.



Miami Central vs. Belen Jesuit (BEL), 7:30

Calusa Prep vs. Colonial Christian (Colonial Christian), 6:30

Westminster Christian vs. Florida Christian (FCS), 7:30

Grace Academy vs. Greater Miami Academy (GMA), 7:30

North Miami vs. Hialeah (HIA), 7:30

Krop vs. Hialeah Gardens (Hialeah Gardens), 7:30

Hialeah-Miami Lakes vs. Homestead (HOM), 7:30

Goleman vs. Miami Beach (MB), 7:30

Dade Christian vs. Miami Country Day (MCD), 7:30

American vs. Killian (KIL), 7:30

Westland Hialeah vs. Norland (NOR), 7:30

Mater Academy Charter vs. Northwestern (NW), 7:30

Archbishop Curley vs. Miami Palmetto (PAL), 7:30

Miami Springs vs. Miami High (MHS), 7:30

Ferguson vs. Sunset (SUN), 7:15

Jackson vs. Monsignor Pace (PACE), 7

Carol City vs. North Miami Beach (NMB), 7:30

Horeb Christian vs. Northwest Christian (NWC), 7:30

Palmer Trinity vs. Princeton Christian (PRC), 6:30

Doral Academy vs. Ransom Everglades (Ransom Everglades), 7:30

Divine Savior vs. Redland Christian (Redland Christian), 7:30

Columbus vs. Southwest (SW), 7:30

LaSalle vs. TERRA (TERRA), 7:30

Mourning vs. Hallandale (Hallandale), 7:30


Miami Country Day vs. Archbishop Curley (CUR), 3:30

Somerset Charter (Homestead) vs. Archemedian (Archemedian), 4

Hillel vs. Dade Christian (DCS), 4

Westwood Christian vs. Keys Gate (Keys Gate), 4

International Studies Charter vs. Mater Lakes (Mater Lakes), 4

Booker T. Washington vs. Norland (NOR), 3:30

Ronald Reagan vs. Monsignor Pace (Pace), 7

Krop vs. Mourning (Mourning), 5:30

Westminster Christian vs. Palmer Trinity (PT), 4

Florida Christian vs. St. Brendan ( ), 3:30


Northwestern vs. Miami Central (CEN), 4

Killian vs. Miami Central (CEN), 4

Krop vs. Miami Central (CEN), 4

Monsignor Pace vs. Sunset (SUN), 3


TERRA vs. Archbishop Carroll (CAR), 4

Somerset Charter (Homestead) vs. Archemedian (Archemedian), 5

Calusa Prep vs. Colonial Christian (CCS), 5

Westminster Christian vs. Coral Reef (CR), 5:30

Hillel vs. Doctors Charter (Doctors Charter), 7:30

Monsignor Pace vs. Gulliver Prep (GPS), 7:30

Doctors Charter vs. Hillel (HIL), 7:30

Dade Christian vs. Miami Country Day (MCD), 6

Calvary Christian vs. Northwest Christian (NWC), 6

Doral Academy vs. Ransom Everglades (Ransom Everglades), 4

Divine Savior vs. Redland Christian (RED), 6


North Broward Prep vs. Gulliver Prep (GP), 4

Mater Lakes vs. Goleman (GOL), 3:30

Hillel vs. Dade Christian (DCS), 6

St. Brendan vs. Braddock (Miller Pond Park), 3:30

North Broward Prep vs. Gulliver Prep (GP), 4

Westwood Christian vs. Keys Gate (Keys Gate), 4

Coral Park vs. Edison (ED), 3:30

Ronald Reagan vs. Monsignor Pace (Pace), 5

Krop vs. Mourning (Mourning), 3:30

LaSalle vs. Ransom Everglades (Ransom Everglades), 4

Greater Miami Academy vs. Somerset Charter (Homestead) (Somerset Charter (Homestead)), 5

Lourdes vs. South Dade (SD), 3:30

Miami Central vs. South Miami (SM), 3:30

MAST vs. Southwest (SW), 4

Miami Beach vs. TERRA (TERRA), 3:30

Coral Gables vs. Varela (VAR), 4:30

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