Even though they slapped high fives at midfield and congratulated each other as they walked in opposite directions, the Cypress Bay and West Broward girls’ soccer teams were probably not necessarily saying goodbye to each other more than perhaps, “See you next week.”
The stage was the District 13-5A championship game at Flanagan High School on Thursday night, and after 77 minutes of scoreless soccer and the game seemingly headed to overtime, it turned out to be an own-goal by West Broward that enabled the Lightning to emerge with a 1-0 victory and the district title.
Cypress Bay (14-2-3) will host 14-5A runner-up Ronald Reagan on Wednesday, and West Broward (14-3-1) will travel to take on Miami Beach in their respective regional quarterfinals. And if history has anything to say about it, both teams will be heavy favorites to emerge and meet again at Cypress Bay on Jan. 26 in the semifinals.
Each of the past three years, these bitter rivals have met in the district final (with Cypress winning in 2010 and 2011, and West Broward winning last year) and eventually met in the regional semifinals, with the Lightning winning all three times.
“We call it our ‘rec rivalry’ because all of us know each other and, yeah, it was kind of like we knew this was probably only the first round,” said Cypress Bay sophomore Yessie Koontz, who recorded the winning assist when she centered a ball from the corner right in front of the net that glanced off the stomach of a Bobcats defender and trickled into the net. “It feels great to get the district back after they beat us last year in the final. The ball was there, and I just crossed it. You put it in front of the net because you never know what can happen, and sure enough it hit off one of their players and went in.”
“We really didn’t play our best, and I think the wind kind of took both teams out of their game a little,” said Cypress Bay coach Kate Dwyer of a 20-mph wind that played a big role in the game. “Just another typical game with them, and it’s never fun, but we battled all night and found a way to get it done. It’s hard to get overly excited though because at the end of the day, there’s a good chance we could meet again, and that’s when it will really count.”
MORE GIRLS’ SOCCER
• District 12-5A Final — St. Thomas Aquinas 8, Western 0: Jessica Hoyt 2 goals. Isabella Martinez 2 goals. Dallas Dorosy goal. Margaret Falter goal. Sara Perlman goal. Connor Lhota goal. STA 20-1-1
• Late Wednesday — District 14-2A Semifinal — Chaminade 1, University School 0: Jacqui Koebel goal. Gabriela Wykle assist
• University School 4, Heritage Delray 4: Gaston Becheran 3 goals. Nelson Rincon goal
• Gulliver 8, Chaminade 1: Brian Ruiz-Unger 3 goals, assist. Alex Motehzardeh 2 goals. Thomas Morillo goal. GUL 14-1-2
• Miami Country Day 51, Mater Lakes 42 — MCDS (13-5): Clements 6, Parizo 12, Woodside 11, Alvarez 3, Zimmer 8, Gomez 3, Kydd 8. ML: Rodriguez 3, Ortiz 15, Wims 5, Ferrella 2, Akins 2, Martinez 4, Lamelas 11. Three-pointers: Parizo, Rodriguez, Ortiz, Wims, Lamelas Rebounds: Kydd 11 Assists: Kydd 5