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Varela, Sunset to renew rivalry for GMAC title

 

a1fernandez@MiamiHerald.com

This year’s GMAC boys’ soccer championship match might give the impression someone hit the rewind button.

Varela and Sunset, the premier rivalry in Miami-Dade County soccer not long ago, are picking up their intensity.

The schools, which won a combined three national championships and four state titles from 2004 to 2008, each secured 1-0 victories Tuesday night at Milander Park in the GMAC semifinals.

Varela (11-4-2) opened the night with a win over defending GMAC champion Ferguson (11-4-4). Sunset (15-1-4) followed suit with a victory over North Miami (15-5-1) in the other semifinal.

Next, the two will square off for the county title Thursday night at 7 at Milander. Sunset leads the season series 1-0-1.

It will be the first time Sunset and Varela have played for the GMAC title since 2007 when the Vipers won their lone county championship.

Varela and Sunset have not played in the GMAC final since.

“It’s like going back in time,” said Sunset senior Jonathan Ochoa, a four-year starter. “Just like [Varela], we’re trying to bring our history back.”

Varela advanced to the final with a hard-fought defensive effort that was highlighted by Juan Grimaldo’s eighth shutout. Junior forward Alexander Tosta kicked home a rebound off a deflected shot in the 47th minute for the Vipers’ lone goal.

Even after 2008 — its last state title season — Varela continued to reign among Miami-Dade’s best, advancing to the state final four in 2009 and 2011.

But last season, the Vipers struggled to a 5-7-2 record, missing the regional playoffs for the first time since 2002.

Tosta is one of several juniors, including midfielders Daniel Foen, Christian Santillan (game-winning assist Wednesday) and Kevin Pizzolo, who has helped during a turnaround season.

“We’re playing much better and it’s due to the kids supporting each other on the field,” Varela first-year coach Juan Monge said. “If one makes a mistake, another is there to fix it.”

Sunset, on the other hand, has not made the regional playoffs since 2008. The following two seasons, the Knights won a combined five matches. Last season, Sunset won 10 but was eliminated in the district playoffs.

Junior Eddy Pineiro scored the lone goal Tuesday following a turnover near North Miami’s goal. Sophomore Christian Armendariz recorded his 10th shutout.

“It’s good to see the resurgence of both schools after the disappointment of the past couple of years,” Myers said. “To see both of us prevail as the top two teams in the GMAC again is a great story.”

MORE BOYS’ SOCCER

•  LaSalle 1, Belen 1: Mateo Brugo goal. Alvaro Morales assist. LAS 8-3-2.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

American secured the top-seed in District 13-8A with a 53-52 win against defending Class 8A state champion Hialeah Gardens at home Tuesday night.

It was the Patriots’ second one-point win this season against the Gladiators (14-5). American (15-3) was led by Jonathan Spicer’s 17 points.

HG (14-5): Scilingo 1, Sanchez 5, Huertas 9, Gonzalez 14, Simoza 16, Leonardo 7. AME (15-3): Foster 11, Spicer 17, Andrews 8, Escobar 9, Liz 10. Halftime: AME 27-23. Three-pointers: Sanchez, Huertas, Foster, Escobar, Andrews. Rebounds: Liz 11. Assists: Andrews 3, Foster 3. Fouled out: Huertas.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

•  South Miami 58, Coral Park 50 – SM: Perez-Laham 12, Simmons 13, Lopez 13, Cratit 11, Bartley 9. CP: Sotolongo 5, Bermudez 11, Delgado 7, Hernandez 3, Pimental 24. Rebounds: Simmons 10. Assists: PerezLaham 7. Steals: PerezLaham 4

•  Southwest 57, Ferguson 42 – SW (2-10): Knowles 3, Acosta 5, Bornemann 14, Diaz 6, Aloma 4, Noda 4, Garcia 15, Martinez 6. FER: Stalts 10, Garcia 4, Carvajal 5, C. Acosta 1, Davis 2, Alarcon 5, Osorio 7, A. Acosta 6, Blanco 2. Halfime: SW 25-19. Three-pointers: Garcia, Stalts 2, Carvajal, Osorio, A. Acosta 2. Rebounds: Aloma 16. Assists: D. Acosta 3. Steals: Bornemann 3.

•  Westwood Christian 75, Coral Shores 38 - WC (15-4): Conceicao 25, Ramis 19, Joseph 15, Gonzalez 11, Reyes 1, Jou 5, Diaz 4, Molina 3. Three-pointers: Ramis 4, Jou, Gonzalez 3, Molina. Rebounds: Conceicao 15. Assists: Ramis 6. Steals: Ramis 5. Blocks: Conceicao 4

•  Keys Gate 79, Somerset 41 - KG: Gage 19, Reyes 13, Gilzeanne 10. Halftime: KG 37-17. Three-pointers: Gage. Rebounds: Reyes, Gilzeanne 9. Assists: Reyes 11. Steals: Gage 9.

•  Late Monday — Archbishop Carroll 67, Florida Christian 40 - AC (19-4): Leon 16, Amaro 11, Lima 11, Brown 10, Gabuardi 7, Garcia 4, Fernandez 4, Levitt 2, Cohen 2. FC: Perez 8, Cardoza 8, Hernandez 7, Herschman 7, Montes de Oca 4, Weeks 3, Wicks 3. Halftime score: AC 34-16. Three-pointers: Leon 3, Amaro 2, Lima, Gabuardi, Cardoza 2, Hernandez. Rebounds: Gabuardi 6. Assists: Garcia 4, Lima 4, Amaro 4. Steals: Amaro 3.

•  Late Monday — Westland Hialeah 73, Homestead 68 - WH (5-10): Chirino 19, Canedo 14, Menendez 10, Gonzalez 9, Cespedes 7, D. Hernandez 6, Suarez 5, Sanchez 4. HOM: Hannigan 25, Hankins 11, Young 9, Janvier 8, Ferdinand 6, Dixon 4, Gefiroval 2, Joseph 2, Mitchell 1. Halftime: WHS 41-25. Rebounds: Gonzalez 11. Assists: Chirino 4. Steals: Hernandez 2. Blocks: Chirino.

•  Late Monday — Belen Jesuit 58, Mater Academy 45 - BEL (12-8): Iparraguirre 7, Perez 2, Alvarez 5, Medina 3, Fernandez 6, Herrera 4, Battle 4, Couto 9, Roca 4, Pujals 14. MA: J. Fernandez 10, Condinanzo 7, Montilla 3, Mejia 4, Joseph 15, Lorenzo 4, Nunez 2. Three-pointers: Pujals, Fernandez, Montilla, Joseph. Rebounds: Iparraguirre 10. Assists: Alvarez 5, Pujals 5.

•  Late Monday — Miami Country Day 65, Hillel 38 - MCD (12-5): Clements 2, Parizo 16, Woodside 16, Alvarez 7, Sherwood 3, Zimmer 9, Kappos 2, Gomez 4, Kydd 6. HIL: Sreoni 2, Fromizan 6, Elharrar 2, Kaswan 12, Serfaty 3, Wainer 6, Franco 3, Painry 1. Halftime: MCD 31-24. Three-pointers: Parizo, Alvarez, Kaswan 2, Serfaty, Franco. Rebounds: Zimmer 10. Assists: Clements 5.

•  Late Monday — Westwood Christian 49, Palmer 31 - WC (14-4): Shoon 6, Joseph 6, Ramis 14, Conceicao 10, Molina 3, Gonzalez 10, Jou 6. PAL: Chumnley 9, Marley 8, Dagrosa 2, Pico 2, Bonet 2. Three-pointers: Molina, Ramis, Gonzalez 3. Rebounds: Conceicao 11. Assists: Ramis 5. Steals: Ramis 5,Gonzalez 5. Blocks: Joseph 3.

Girls’ Basketball

•  Ransom Everglades 40, St. Brendan 31 - RE: Crotty 4, Lopez 9, Smith 4, Oppenheim 5, Deutch 16, Sheppard 2. SB: Kayla Diaz 5, Vargas 9, Gonzalez 1, Bolanos 4, Falla 12. Halftime: RE 17-15. Three-pointers: Deutch, Oppenheim, Diaz, Falla. Rebounds: Smith 8. Assists: Deutch 3. Steals: Deutch 4

•  Palmer Trinity 66, Florida Christian 48 - FC (16-6): Prinz 4, Martinez 6, Donto 7, Jimenez 20, Renouf 2, Jim 4, Saumell 2. PT (17-3): James 11, Smith 8, Hebb 15, Granada 20, Parten 9, Pino 3. Halftime: PT 29-21. Three pointers: Donto 2, James, Hebb, Granada, Pino, Jimenez 1. Rebounds: James 19. Assists: Granada 6. Steals: Granada 5.

•  Gulliver 55, Westminster Christian 20 - GP (13-8): E. Deutch 4, B. Bahadue 4, G. Gilbert 2, M. Pyatt 4, C. Wirshing 12, M. Glassberg 4, C. Nixon 4, J. Pagliery 6, E. Gomez 2, J. Pyatt 13. WC: Clauswell 4, Melendez 2, Pocala 5, Woodard 2, Crotty 3, Victorero 2. Three-pointers: C. Wirshing 2. Rebounds: J. Pyatt 5. Assists: C. Wirshing 7. Steals: C. Wirshing 4

•  Miami Beach 58, Miami Hialeah Lakes 25 - MB (16-5): Morgan 19, Reque 14, Pardo 15. Pessoa 1, Hopkins 8, Nedrick 2. HML: Pinckney 1, Williams 2, Pelligrino 2, Daher 4, Rogers 7, Mallard 10. Rebounds: Morgan 16. Assists: Morgan 11. Steals: Morgan 11.

•  Greater Miami Adventist Academy 64, N.W. Christian 36 GMAA (11-2): N. Diaz 32. Rebounds: N. Diaz 7. Assists: N. Diaz 8.

•  Late Monday — Miami Beach 69, Braddock 51 - MB (15-5): Reque 15, Morgan 16, Pardo 23, Henry 11, Nedrick 2, Hopkins 2. BRA: Benech 13, Fernandez 4, Gomez 7, Sceola 8, Martinez 18. Three-pointers: Pardo 7. Rebounds: Morgan 10. Assists: Reque 10.

•  Late Monday — American 59, North Miami Beach 24 - AME (16-4): Smith 20, Jones 14, J. Williams 12, Bradshaw 8, D. Williams 2, Arellano 2, Grant 1. NMB: Janvier 8, Pierre 6, Germain 2, Lovious 2, Fevrier 2, Pierre-Louis 2, Ladorde 2. Halftime: AME 32-16. Three-pointers: Smith, Bradshaw. Rebounds: Smith 13. Assists: Jones 4. Steals: Jones 5, Smith 5. Blocks: J. Williams 6.

•  Late Monday — Greater Miami Adventist Academy 59, Colonial Christian Academy 10 - GMAA (10-2): N. Diaz: 25. Assists: N. Diaz 4. Steals: N. Diaz 3.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

•  District 16-1A Semifinal — Westminster Christian 6, Westwood Christian 1: Rebecca Barrios 2 goals. Karlyn D’Adesky goal. Ashley Persaud goal, 2 assists.

•  District 16-2A Quarterfinal — Ransom Everglades 6, TERRA 0: Dani Frese 3 goals, Gaby Henriquez goal, Charlsey Zyne shutout. RE 11-6-1

•  District 15-5A Semifinal — Lourdes 6, South Miami 0: Sophia Portuondo goal, Michelle Figarola goal, Tatiana Hernandez goal.

•  Late Monday — District 16-2A Quarterfinal — Carrollton 2, St. Brendan 0: CAR (11-4-3): Sofia Cosio goal, assist. Sam Hoadley goal, assist.

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