Sunset halts infighting, tops Reagan in GMAC quarterfinals


Last week’s best performances

Teams of the week

South Dade girls’ soccer team: It came back to beat Ferguson and claim its first GMAC championship with a 4-3 win. Mackenzie VanHeusen scored three goals to lead the Bucs, who had lost top scorer Jade Hayes (one goal, one assist) to injury in the game. South Dade also beat Palmetto and TERRA.

North Miami Beach’s wrestling team: It won the District 14-3A regular-season duals. Marcus Martinez , Lerch Oremar , Ritchie Guillaume , Marvyns Joseph , Courtney Stubbs , Tirso Batista and Daniel Leon all went undefeated in six matches.

Athletes of the week

Adrian Gonzalez, Hialeah Gardens, boys’ basketball: Gonzalez averaged 20 points per game in three victories for the Gladiators against Carol City, Krop and Miami High.

Sam Singer, Ransom Everglades, boys’ basketball: Singer scored 34 points and had 15 rebounds in a 67-43 victory over Doral and followed that up with 33 points and 12 rebounds in a 70-52 win over Gulliver Prep.

Jennifer Deutch, Ransom Everglades, girls’ basketball: Deutch scored 25 points to lead the Raiders to a 50-36 win against Gulliver.

Bari Gordon, Hebrew Academy, girls’ basketball : Gordon had 28 points, eight rebounds and four assists to help Hebrew Academy stay unbeaten against Greater Miami Academy.

Juan Grimaldo, Varela, boys’ soccer : Grimaldo posted a shutout in a 1-0 win against Coral Reef.

Bailey Plummer, Lourdes, girls’ soccer : Plummer had two goals in the Bobcats’ 2-0 win against Plantation American Heritage.

Patricia Pinckombe, Ferguson, girls’ soccer : Pinckombe stopped key shots in a shootout to lift the Falcons to a GMAC semifinal win over Miami Springs.

Andre C. Fernandez

Special to The Miami Herald

Bickering doesn’t always lead to losing, a fact the Sunset Knights proved Monday afternoon.

The Knights defeated Reagan 3-1 in a GMAC quarterfinal match at Kendall Soccer Park.

Reagan (11-5-3), which made it to the GMAC title game last year, was knocked off by a Sunset team that survived some first-half in-fighting during a scoreless first half.

“We were fighting a lot,” Sunset senior midfielder Juan Marquez said. “At the end, we got together as teammates and won.”

Sunset (14-1-4), playing its first GMAC tournament since 2008, advances to play North Miami (15-4-1) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Milander Park. The other semifinal, which starts Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Milander, will match Ferguson (11-3-4) against Varela (10-4-2).

In the Sunset game, Eddy Pineiro and Jonathan Ochoa got goals before Reagan’s Kareem Baajour broke through with a penalty kick to make it 2-1. With time winding down, Sunset’s Jonathan Diaz clinched the win with a late goal.

Diaz said it’s normal for the Knights to argue. He said the key was when the Knights started making the simple plays, which got the offense untracked.

Overall, Sunset coach Kevin Myers was pleased with his team, especially considering this is virtually the same bunch of kids who two years ago won just two games all season.

Now those freshmen and sophomores are juniors and seniors, and the Knights are a serious threat to win this week’s GMAC title — considered the city championship — and then do damage in the state playoffs.

Myers, though, said the bickering among his players is something he continues to work to improve.

“Snapping at one another is a sign of frustration when things aren’t going the way they want it to go,” he said. “They were trying to do too much on their own. In the second half, they started to pass it around better. But a goal and getting ahead in a game will always solve that stuff.”

In the other GMAC quarterfinals:

•  North Miami d. American 2-2 (2-0): American (14-4-4) took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Facundo Cignarelli. But North Miami (15-4-1) battled back on goals by Widlin Alexis and Tavares Kidd.

A goal by American’s Camilo Martinez sent the game to penalty kicks, where North Miami goalie Nickson Francois came up big, stopping two shots and watching one go wide.

•  Varela d. Columbus 0-0 (5-4): The Vipers (10-4-2) missed their first penalty kick and then hit five in a row to beat the Explorers (8-5-4). Columbus’ sixth penalty kick hit the crossbar to give Varela the win.

•  Ferguson d. Mourning 1-1 (6-5): Mourning (11-3-4) took the lead on a 12th-minute goal. But Ferguson (11-3-4), the defending GMAC champs, rallied with a 50th-minute marker by senior forward Michael Mejia. Ferguson then won the game when goalie David Grajales stopped two Mourning shots on penalty kicks.

More boys soccer

•  Archbishop Curley 1, Keys Gate Charter 0: Jose Cruz-Moralles goal. Tony Yeash 3rd shutout. AC 9-9.

•  La Salle 3, Westland Hialeah 1: Fede Torres-Garcia goal, assist. Mateo Brugo goal. Bryan De Freitas goal. Frankie Alzuru assist. Alvaro Morales assist. LAS 8-3-1.


•  District 14-5A QuarterfinalMiami Beach 4, Krop 1: Jessie Stein goal, assist. Julyana Rodriguez 2 goals, assist. Cristy Mejill goal.

•  District 15-2A Quarterfinal — Mast Academy 15, Booker T. Washington 0

•  Late Saturday — St. Brendan 2, Hillel 1: Ashley Espinosa goal, assist. Adri Prieto goal. Gabby Demmer assist

•  Late Saturday — St Brendan 2, Hillel 1: Ali Wolf goal. Denisse Gampel 2 goals

• Late Friday — Doral Academy 2, Ransom Everglades 1: Camila Ardila goal, assist


• Booker T Washington 61, Miami Springs 46 - BTW (15-3): Spiller 22, Holcomb 15, Pitpit 6, Williams 4, Ray 3, Jackson 8, Henvill 3. MS: Traya 6, Fisher 15, Mettelus 3, Thomas 7, Olivares 14, Damute 1. Halftime: BTW 38-25. Three-pointers: Spiller, Holcomb 3, Pitpit 2, Ray, Henvill, Fisher, Mettelus, Thomas, Olivares. Rebounds: Jackson 9. Assists: Spiller 8. Steals: Spiller 4.

•  Hialeah Educational Academy 71, Pine Crest 44 - HEA (7-8): R Munoz 32, Martinez 16, J Munoz 11, M Agudelo 4,C Quiros 4,Yang 2, Garcia 2. PC: Serine 8, Fernandez 13, Madrigal 13, Molina 6, Robe 3, Cuervo1. Halftime: HEA 34-18. Rebounds: Martinez 10

•  Dade Christian 39, Doctor Charter 21 - DC: Socarras 2, Miller 3, Sampson 15, Ferguson 13, Vallejo 2, Batten 3, Young. Dr Ch: Dailey 2, Floyd 6, Myls 8. Halftime: DC 26-8. Three-pointers: Miller, Ferguson 2, Myls 2. Rebounds: Batten 10. Assists: Sampson 5. Steals: Ferguson 4.

•  Northwest Christian 82, Brito 29 - NWC: Jones 29, Roger 20, Robinson 10. BP: Limosine 9, Huerta 6, Qawasmi 5. Halftime: NWC 49-21. Rebounds: Fondrose 8. Assists: Goring 7. Steals: Jones 13.

•  Late Saturday — Champagnat Catholic 70 Mater East 42 - CH: Holanda 6, Chapotin 2, Collie 5, Leadon 25, Domingues 4, Mackey 2, LaBranche 15, Armstrong 1, Nairm 7, Amaron 3, Arnaud 2. ME: Larkin 13, Richardson 8, Bonilla 6, Garcia 5. Rebounds: LaBranche 12. CHA: 11-3.


•  Mater Academy 49, Westland Hialeah 40 - MA: Acosta 15, Angulo 14, Lorenzo 8, Hernandez 4, Ordoqui 4, Sandoval 2, Peña 1. WH: Medina 13, Hartem 9, Rodriguez 5, Rolon 4, Alonso 3, Jiron 2. Rebounds: Angulo 10. Steals: Lorenzo 6

• Carol City 43, North Miami 33 - CC: Y. Williams 14, Gaines 12, Warren 10, Milton 2, Butler 5. NM: Saint-Gilles 1, Eady 11, Fertil 2, Smith 3, Seide 8, Cine 2, Danger 4, Anestin 2. Halftime: CC 21-14. Three-pointer: Butler, Seide. Rebounds: Gaines 16. Steals Y. Williams 6. Blocks: S. Williams 4.

•  Palmetto 68, Southwest 52 - PAL (12-6): Calice 17, Quartin 2, Bellinghieri 23, Miyazaki 9, Elliot 8, Gross 9. SW: Lagar 11, Valero 1, Radcliff 2, Hazel 2, Valdes 16, Camilo 18, Thomas 1, Medina 1. Halftime: Palmetto 37-24. Three-pointers: Calice 4, Bellinghieri 5, Gross, Valdes. Rebounds: Bistrong 6. Assists: Calice 6. Steals: Calice 3. Blocks: Miyazaki 2.

•  Coral Reef 58, Miami Edison 13 - CR (17-4): A. Ferguson 14, Hollin 10, Schonenberg 8, R. Alespeiti 7, Arabitg 6, A. Alespeiti 5, Esdaile 3, Rodriguez 2, Toussant 2, Sanders 2. ME: Jean-Baptiste 7, Harris 6. Three-pointers: A. Alespeiti, R. Alespeiti, Schonenberg, Esdaile, Ferguson. Rebounds: R. Alespeiti 7. Blocks: A. Arabitg 2. Steals: Schonenberg 4.

•  Late Saturday — Ransom Everglades 50, Gulliver 36 - RE: Crotty 3, Lopez 11, Smith 4, Deutch 25, Hallman 7. GUL: Deutch 2, M Pyatt 4, Wirshing 7, Nixon 19, Pagliery 4. Halftime: GUL 22-19. Three-pointers: J Deutch 3, Wirshing 2, Lopez, Nixon. Rebounds: Smith 13. Assists: Deutch 4. Steals: Deutch 7.


•  Late Saturday — District 15 Duals at Braddock: Columbus 72, Miami Beach 9; Columbus 83, Miami High 0; Columbus 71, Ferguson 12; Columbus 39, Braddock 25; Columbus 66, Coral Gables 6; Columbus 42, Homestead 27; Columbus 69, Miami Springs 10; Columbus 81, Coral Park 0

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