And, despite a terrific effort from their goalkeeper, the Bobcats proved too much for Beach and cruised, advancing to Saturday’s semifinals, where they will get a rematch with rival Cypress Bay.
“We knew it would be a challenge coming in and I thought our girls played pretty well [Wednesday],” Beach coach Andrea Monsalve said.
West Broward (15-3-1) scored in the 15th and 25th minute to take a 2-0 lead. Eve Pitney knocked in her second goal of the game with five minutes left, and Nicole Kinsey scored with just 30 seconds left to complete the scoring.
• Region 4-2A quarterfinal — Gulliver 3, LaSalle 0: The Raiders defeated district runner-up LaSalle to reach the regional semifinals.
LaSalle (14-2-3) went 14 games without a loss and had a promising season, but like many teams, injuries cost the team several key players.
LaSalle and Gulliver played to a scoreless tie earlier this season, but on Wednesday, it was all Gulliver.
Senior forward Madeleine Intriago scored two goals in the first half.
The game-sealing goal was scored by eighth grade midfielder Samantha Earle, with the assist coming from a header by Kai-Lin Hernandez.
The Raiders head into the regional semifinal, where they have the home-field advantage against Ransom.
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• Region 4-4A quarterfinal — Miami Springs 5, South Broward 1: After coming out a little sluggish and falling behind early, Miami Springs scored five unanswered goals to easily defeat South Broward at South Broward High School. With the win, Springs (16-5-4) will get another shot a Mater Academy in a rematch of last week’s district final (won by Mater 2-1) on Saturday night at Traz Powell Stadium in a regional semifinal.
The Golden Hawks were led by freshman Alyssa Deno, who scored two goals, followed by Ale Salazar, Annette Cea and Sophia De La Puente who had one each.
After South Broward’s Melanie Cea scored in the game’s fifth minute to take a 1-0 lead, Springs responded with goals from Annette Cea (no relation) in the 23rd minute and De La Puente three minutes before halftime to take a 2-1 lead at the break. Springs then blitzed the Bulldogs with three goals in the first 13 minutes of the second half (Deno scoring twice) to pull away. South Broward, coming off its second straight district championship after a three-win season two years ago, finished 17-6-0.
“It was a matter of our leaders stepping up and playing to their capabilities after we gave up that first goal to them,” Springs coach William Drew said. “The girls did a good job of not panicking and just playing their game. Now we’ve got another shot at Mater and we’re excited and looking forward to the opportunity.”
• Region 4-4A quarterfinal — Mater 8, McArthur 0: Karly Villar had three goals and an assist to lead Mater (24-2-1) in a blowout win against 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 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,” Mater coach Luis Sanchez said.