Trying as hard as it could to keep its eye on Miami Beach and not think about a possible rematch with bitter rival Cypress Bay, the West Broward girls soccer team did what it had to do on Wednesday afternoon scoring two first half goals and cruising to the win over the Hi-Tides 4-0 in a Region 4-5A quarterfinal at Beach High School.
West Broward (15-3-1) will now get its second shot at Cypress Bay, which defeated Ronald Reagan in its quarterfinal.
The teams will meet Saturday night in a regional semifinal at Cypress Bay. It will mark the fourth consecutive year the two teams have met in the same round, and the Bobcats have yet to break through.
“We’ll see what happens, maybe this will be the time we get it done,” said West Broward coach Jan Weichmann.
“We will be the underdogs again and we’re happy to be in that role. I thought we played well today and did what we had to do to advance.”
The Bobcats got a pair of goals from freshman Eve Pitney and a goal and an assist from Melanie Lane. Lane’s goal in the 15th minute put West Broward up 1-0 and Pitney followed 10 minutes later with her first goal.
With Miami Beach goalie Sabina Osman making some quality saves, the score remained 2-0 until late in the match when Pitney popped in her second goal in the 74th minute and Nicole Kinsey added another with less than 30 seconds left.
• Region 4-5A quarterfinal — Cypress bay 8, Ronald Reagan 0: With its next opponent watching in the stands, Cypress Bay applied offensive pressure early and often offensively in its win over Reagan in the other quarterfinal match.
Maria Munoz led the Lightning with three goals. Jacky Huchler added a goal and five assist for Cypress Bay.
“We are peaking at the right time,” Lightning coach Kate Dwyer said. “Their focus is completely on soccer.”
Cypress Bay (15-2-3) held possession of the ball for the majority of the match. Munoz scored the games’ first goal as she split two Bison defenders and hit the far left corner of the net past the diving goalie in the eighth minute.
Cypress Bay added five more goals in the first half to take a 6-0 lead at the break.
Reagan (16-4-1) struggled most of the match to maintain possession as the Bison turned the ball over numerous times in their own half of the field.
The Lightning will face district rival West Broward for the second consecutive year in the state playoffs.
• Community School (Naples) 56, Cardinal Gibbons 35 - CS (19-5): Chur 4, Vroman 4, Bleh 5, Paul 9, Nadeau 14, Pinholster 20. CG (13-7): Jones 1, Pollock 2, Lanzon 3, Cohen 4, Ozaltin 5, Williams 20. Halftime: CS 25-11. Rebounds: Pollock 8. Assists: Williams 3. Steals: Williams 4
• Late Tuesday — Florida Christian 49, Chaminade 16 - FCS (17-7): Jimenez 10, Martinez 9, K. Jim 4, Donato 2, Renouf 6, L.. Jim 2, Wright 2, Prinz 4, Saumell 3, Maella 6. CM: Aponte 8, Jean-Baptiste 8. Halftime: FC 17-7. Three-pointers: Aponte 2, Martinez. Rebounds: K. Jim 10. Assists: Jimenez 7, Steals: Jimenez 10
• District 15-2A semifinal — LaSalle 4, MAST 3: Bryan Defreitas goal, assist. Alvaro Morales goal. Dani Ali goal. Mateo Brugo goal. Federico Torres assist. Juan Badessich assist. Otto Quiroz assist. LAS 9-3-2
District 12-5A final at Western: 6.