“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