Despite South Dade controlling the momentum the first half, it came down Gaitan. He blocked South Dade’s first and last kicks that gave the Barracudas the chance they needed to win.
The wining penalty kicks came from Austin Ruel, Kyle Cividanes, JeanPaul Lopez and Miles Whiting.
The Barracudas will face Coral Gables in the regional quarterfinals.
COREY W. CAMPBELL
District 16-2A final — Ransom Everglades 0, Gulliver 0 (RE wins 4-3 in PKs): Ransom’s two regular-season losses came at against Gulliver, but host Ransom finally got its revenge in the District 16-2A final.
After two scoreless overtimes, Ransom won 4-3 in penalty kicks.
Already down by the decisive margin, Gulliver’s Alexander Moztarzadeh had his penalty-kick attempt ricochet off the left post to seal his team’s fate. Matt Lirman, Fran Carrera-Justiz, Jeremy Peters and David Goldstein converted penalty kicks for Ransom.
“In PKs, they’re ice. They do so well,” Ransom coach David Villanova said. “It’s a mental game, and we preach to them in penalty kicks it’s about 80 percent mental, 20 percent technical.”
• Region 4-4A semifinal — Miami Springs 1, Mater Academy 0:
Taking on Mater Academy in a Region 4-4A semifinal at Traz Powell Stadium, a team it watched celebrate on the same field one week earlier following a district championship victory, Miami Springs came up big when it counted most.
A breakaway one-on-one goal by senior Ale Salazar in the game’s 26th minute stood up as the Golden Hawks prevailed 1-0 and now advance to their eighth regional final in the past nine years. Springs will head north on Tuesday to take on either Stuart South Fork or Melbourne, which play Saturday night in Stuart in the regional final.
“Our girls definitely came out with a lot more aggression tonight having lost to them last week, and it showed up right away,” said Springs coach William Drew, whose team improved to 17-5-4. “We did a really nice job of passing from point to point and not trying to go over them, which is the mistake we made last week..”
In the game’s 26th minute, Springs’ Sophia De la Puente knifed a perfect ball down the middle, and Salazar split the defense creating a one-on-one with Mater goalkeeper Julia Sanchez and scored.
“Sophie and I have played together for a long time. We read each other’s eyes well, and I read her eyes when she sent me the pass,” Salazar said. “Once the ball got through, it was just a matter of getting the keeper to commit and then nailing it.”
• Westwood Christian 86, MAST Academy 56 - WC (18-4): Shoon 10, Conceicao 22, Molina 13, J Molina 13, Mortensen 6, Diaz 2, Chiriboga 5, Ramis 15. Rebounds: Conceicao 20. Assists: Ramis 7. Steals: Ramis 5. Blocks: Conceicao 6
• Miami Christian 55, Calusa Prep 51 - MC (12-7): Ramirez 1, Hicks 3, Penate, DJ 1, Campos 18, Borgelin, Shamyr 17, Borgelin, Shamarly 9, Penate, E 1, Beckelheimer 1, Rosario 4. CP: Desmor 6, Bowes 20, Alexander 10, Muller 2, Vargas 2, Leonard 2, Uyaelumno 7, Carter 2. Halftime: MC 31-26. Rebounds: Boergelin 12. Assist: Beckelheimer 4. Steals: Ramirez 3
• South Miami 57, Southwest 28 - SM: Perez-Laham 16, Lopez 18, Simmons 11, Cratit 4, Bartley 4, LoBue 3, Barney 1. SW: Knowles 2, Diaz 4, Noda 2, Garcia 3, Davidson 9, Martinez 8. Rebounds: Lopez 18. Assists: Perez-Laham 6. Steals: Perez-Laham 5