Girls’ soccer | regional playoffs

Chaminade advances to semifinals

For the second time in two weeks, Chaminade-Madonna’s girls’ soccer team found itself in a high-scoring duel with North Broward Prep.

And for the second time, the same quartet of Lions led them to victory.

Bridget Callahan, Melissa Carrascal and Jacqui Koebel each scored goals and freshman Savannah Santos made eight crucial saves to lead Chaminade to a 3-2 win over North Broward Prep in a Region 4-2A quarterfinal Wednesday at Vince Zappone Field.

The trio of goal scorers also had goals in the Lions’ 4-3 win over the visiting Eagles in a regular-season win Jan. 9.

But this victory propelled Chaminade to the regional semifinals for the second consecutive season.

“Every time we play North Broward Prep, it’s that type of game and that’s a credit to the type of players and coaches they have,” Chaminade coach Pablo Gentile said. “We’re really happy to get through this one healthy.”

Chaminade (17-3-2), which had not won a regional playoff match prior to last season, will take on undefeated American Heritage-Delray (21-0-1), a three-time defending Class 2A state champion.

The Stallions beat Cardinal Gibbons in another quarterfinal Wednesday.

“We’re playing the best team in the state and we know them well,” Gentile said. “Our girls have heart and won’t back down.”

Callahan helped Chaminade erase a 1-0 deficit when she lobbed a free kick into the upper corner of the goal with less than two minutes remaining in the first half. It was Callahan’s 28th goal of the season.

Chaminade opened the second half by scoring two goals in the first 8 1/2 minutes. Koebel body blocked a clearance attempt by North Broward Prep goalkeeper Rachel Durrett, controlled it on the bounce and fired a shot on target to give the Lions the lead for good in the 44th minute.

With 31:26 left, Carrascal fired a free kick at Durrett, which she juggled and didn’t control until the ball was past the goal line resulting in Chaminade’s third score.

Emma Dineen cut the deficit to 3-2 for the Eagles with 25:53 left.

But Santos didn’t let North Broward Prep tie it by stopping a shot from Christine Creighton with 12 minutes left. Creighton had two more shots miss the mark wide by narrow margins in the closing minutes.

“Our goalie is big time,” Gentile said. “She’s not playing like a freshman. She gives up a goal and comes back and makes huge saves under a lot of pressure.”

•  Region 4-4A quarterfinal — Miami Springs 5, South Broward 1: For the first five minutes Wednesday night, the South Broward Bulldogs dreamed big.

Playing host to favored Miami Springs in a Region 4-4A quarterfinal matchup, forward Melanie Cea stunned the Golden Hawks with a goal in the game’s fifth minute to give her team an early 1-0 lead.

But that was about it on the evening for the Bulldogs as Springs (16-5-4) dominated the rest of the way with five unanswered goals to advance to the regional semifinals, where they will take on Mater Academy at Traz Poweel in a rematch of last week’s district final.

“It was great to get the early lead but unfortunately these games are a marathon, not a sprint,” said South Broward coach Joe Giummule, whose team was coming off its second consecutive district championship after winning just three games two years ago.

“They’re [Miami Springs] just a talented team and eventually they really started to take control of the game and we just couldn’t find a way to respond. We wish them well.”

After Cea’s early goal, Springs responded with a pair of goals before halftime to grab a 2-1 lead at the break and then scored three times in the first 13 minutes of the second half to put the game away. South Broward finished with a 17-6 record.


•  Region 4-4A quarterfinal — Mater 8, McArthur 0: Karly Villar had three goals and an assist to lead Mater (24-2-1) to a rout of McArthur (11-10-1) in the Region 4-4A quarterfinals at Traz Powell Stadium.

The junior was a catalyst for a Lions team that will next play Miami Springs in the regional semifinals on Saturday night. Eighth-grader Sydney Johnson added two goals and two assists.

“Karly is a very opportunistic player, she’s smart, she knows where to be and she executes,” said Mater coach Luis Sanchez.

Villar got the scoring started with a streaking goal through the middle of the Mustang backfield in the 10th minute, taking the ball from midfield while ducking and dodging defenders.

“The thing with our team is that if we come in focused we can play with any team and beat any team,” Villar said.

Twenty seconds into the second half and holding a commanding 5-0 lead, Villar scored her third and final goal on a similar play, this time on an assist from senior Alexis Hogan, who recorded a goal and two assists, all in the second half. Hogan’s goal in the 10th minute of the second half ended the game.

The Lions split regular season matches against Miami Springs before defeating the Eagles for the district championship.


•  Region 3-5A quarterfinal — St. Thomas Aquinas 4, Taravella 0: Sophomore forward Dallas Dorosy scored three goals as host St. Thomas Aquinas cruised by Taravella in a Region 5A quarterfinal playoff match.

The Raiders (22-1-1), who face Douglas in Friday’s round of 16, peppered Taravella’s goalkeeper Ashley Kevelas all night. The sophomore goalie had a busy match with 16 saves (30 shots on goal total).

The Trojans (15-6-4) were left without a shot on goal as rarely-needed keeper Brittany Macaluso and the Raiders defense recorded their 20th shutout of the season.

“We should have converted on more opportunities, but other than that the girls played solid,” Raiders coach Carlos Giron said. “We have a very, very young team, and I think they’re stepping up as they’re expecting. We have very good depth on this team, too.”

Sara Perlman opened the scoring as she took a shot following a scramble on the front of the goal for the one-goal lead eight minutes into the match. Dorosy scored 11 minutes later on a penalty kick for the 2-0 halftime lead. She scored twice more on a header off a service from Kaitlin Tighe and a rebound off a penalty kick save that bounced off Kevelas for the final margin with six minutes remaining.

“I thought our girls did a great this season,” Taravella coach Albert Caroccio said, whose team improved from its 11-9-3 mark a year ago.

“You can see the development and style progressing as the season went on, especially with our three matches to Douglas” including a loss in the district finals., he said


•  Region 3-5A quarterfinal — Douglas 5, Western 0: It was as easy as it looked, yet Douglas coach Stu Katz wasn’t happy with his team’s performance in a thumping of Western in the Region 3-5A quarterfinals at Douglas on Wednesday night.

Katz knows that if the Eagles are to advance past the next game at St. Thomas, they have to be much better.

“I don’t think we played especially well. I think we are capable of better things and we certainly need to bring better things. Regardless of who we are playing we need to be better,” Katz said.

“That’s something we are going to have to figure out. And they didn’t cut our grass. The grass was long. I just thought we could have been better.”

One team will be eliminated with its first loss of the season as Douglas will enter with a 22-0 record; St. Thomas is 17-0. Douglas is ranked No. 3 in the nation according to MaxPreps, while St. Thomas is ranked No. 32. But the Raiders are the defending state champions.

The two teams met in the same round last year with St. Thomas walking away with a 2-1 win on penalty kicks en route to the Class 5A state championship.

Brianna Raaf scored two goals to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead in the first half and Douglas blew the game open in the second half behind a pair of goals from Alexis Wilson and a goal by Monica Rojas to close out the scoring.

While Katz wasn’t happy with his team’s overall performance, the Eagles didn’t give up a shot on goal until the 70th minute.

The focus must be there immediately when they step on the field against the Raiders, according to Katz.

“They are a very good team. They are what they normally are,” he said.

“We need to be better to beat them. From the first day of practice, at some point, we’re going to have to play St. Thomas. It will be at their place. They are very good on their field. We are going to have to be at our best to beat them because right now, they are the best.”

Western’s finished the season at 12-6-3.


•  Region 4-3A quarterfinal — Jensen Beach 5, Archbishop McCarthy 3: Kristina Robles 2 goals. Nikki Sica goal.

•  Region 4-2A quarterfinal — Heritage 3, Cardinal Gibbons 1: Mackenzie Fehl goal. Baylee Kennedy assist.

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