Ruiz-Unger sparks Gulliver in Region 4-2A final

Gulliver’s attacking style of play has yielded plenty of scoring chances this season.

And quite often in the playoffs, Bryan Ruiz-Unger has capitalized whenever he’s been in possession of the ball.

On Tuesday afternoon, Ruiz-Unger found the back of the net twice to deliver Gulliver’s latest postseason victory. This time, Gulliver ousted American Heritage-Delray 3-2 in a Region 4-2A boys’ soccer final at the Raiders’ home field.

“Bryan is our team captain for a reason, and he’s been playing his best in the playoffs,” Gulliver coach Matias Asorey said.

“He’s our only starting senior, and he’s kept our guys focused.”

With the victory, Gulliver avenged a loss last season to the Stallions in the same round and by the same score.

Gulliver (18-2-3) advanced to the state semifinal round for the first time since 2006, the last season it won a state championship. The Raiders will host Tampa Berkeley Prep on Friday at 3 p.m. at Gulliver.

“Either opponent presents a physical and direct type of game,” Asorey said. “As long as we keep dominating and attacking like we have every game, we’ll be OK.

“We’re going to win or lose playing our style.”

The Raiders outshot Heritage 17-7 and had 11 crosses near the goal to generate scoring chances.

Ruiz-Unger has flourished in Gulliver’s constant attack mode, scoring the game-winning goals in the team’s previous two victories against La Salle and Ransom Everglades.

With 4:18 left in the first half, Ruiz-Unger gave Gulliver a 2-0 edge when he put back a rebound after Luis Diego’s shot was blocked. The score came exactly 23 minutes after junior Mark Verwaay scored on a similar play to open the scoring.

Heritage (19-4-2) cut Gulliver’s lead to 2-1 with 34 minutes left when Greg Joseph scored off a cross from Jeff Joseph.

But Ruiz-Unger made a big play again with 14:22 left to give Gulliver enough of a cushion to hang on. Sophomore Kiko Poleo delivered a ball to Ruiz-Unger, who then drew a foul inside the box that resulted in a penalty kick. Ruiz-Unger easily converted his team-high 14th goal of the season.

Heritage scored again with 5:30 remaining, but Gulliver did not allow any more serious scoring chances down the stretch.

“We got a little complacent there at the end when we should have put the game away,” Asorey said. “That’s something we can’t afford to do.”


•  Monsignor Pace 4, Coral Springs Charter 0: Cassandra LeMieux won singles 8-0. Janette Lisende won singles 8-0.

Jennifer Gomez won singles 8-6. Cassandra Lemieux and Janette Josvany won doubles 6-0




WP: Briana Heredia 4K. LP: J Raybum. Top performer: Briana Heredia. MP 1-0


WP: Tayler Sanchez 5K. Top performers: Gabrielle Brito 2-4, 2 RBI. Samantha Diaz 3-3, 3 RBI. Tayler Sanchez


WP: Amanda Marrero. Top performers: Amanda Senra 2-3, 3 runs. Nina Cruz 3-3, 3 RBI. LOU 1-1


•  District 14-2A semifinal — Hebrew Academy 59, Northwest Christian 26 – HEB (16-6): Abramowitz 25, Esformes 11, Schechter 5, Moyal 4, Dahan 4, Paul 3, Masin 3, Furst 2, Meyerson 2. NWC: Jones 12, Robinson 4, Michel 4, Mincey 3, Rogers 2, Thomas 1. Halftime: HEB 37-9. Three-pointers: Esformes, Masin, Jones, Mincey. Rebounds: Abramowitz 16. Assists: Schechter 6. Steals: Abramowitz 2

•  District 15-2A semifinal — Westwood Christian 93, Princeton Christian 16 – WWC (22-5): Shoon 14, Conceicao 14, Gonzalez 6, J Molina 7, N Molina 3, Ramis 34, Joseph 13, Jou 4. Three-pointers: Ramis 5, Shoon 2, Molina 1. Rebounds: Conceicao 15. Assists: Shoon 14. Steals: Shoon 7, Ramis 7. Blocks: Conceicao 4



WP: Richie Sotolongo (1-0). LP: Miller. Top performers: JC Millan 2-3, 2 RBI. Henry Blanco 2-2, 2 RBI. Marco Bolano 2-4, 3 RBI. BRITO 1-0


WP: Andrew Cabezas. Top performers: Willie Abreu 2-3, RBI, 2 runs. Kevin Abraham 1-1, RBI. JC Escarra 1-2.


WP: Micheal Uribe. LP: Smith. Top performers: Osmani Oliva 1-3, 2 RBI. Fernando Babot 2-4, 2 runs. Jose Mora 2-4, double, RBI


WP: Fernando Rabel. Top performers: Alex Perera 2 HR. Alexis Cuevas grand slam.


WP: Moreno 9K. LP: Garmendia. Top performers: Josten Heron 2-3, 2 RBI. Brandon Garcia 1-2, 2RBI.


WP: Victor Cabrera. Top performers: Jose Garcia 2-2, 4RBI. Toletino 2-3 4RBI. Paul Gomez 1-1, 2 RBI


•  Pine Crest Preseason Classic — Girls — Long jump: Dani Pendergast 14-04.5. Triple jump: Sofie Bates 31-03.25. Shot put: Ashley Okeke 25-10. Discus: Nicole Thraum 63-04. High Jump: Nyla Lindo 4-10. Pole vault: Taylor Logue 9-06 . 3200 relay: Ransom Everglades 10:32.97. 100 hurdles: Hallie Meland 19.05. 100 dash: Daysi Wilkinson 13.83. 1600 run: Julia Montgomery 5:26.51. 400 dash: Emily Cohen 1:02.95. 400 relay: Pine Crest 54.62. 800 run: Ella Wurth 2:25.76. 800 relay: Pine Crest 1:54.88. 1600 relay: King’s Academy 4:14.58.

Boys — Long jump: J. Paul Schumacher 19-05:5. Triple jump: Jonathan Saintil 43-00. Shot put: Kaelen Crowley 43-04. Discus: Kaelen Crowley 126-08. High jump: Nikolas Punchard 5-04. Pole vault: Conner Wright 12-06. 3200 relay: Dade Christian 10:17.60. 100 dash: Bryson Mercer 12.49. 1600 run: Scott Simpson 4:41.57. 400 dash: Gregory Roy 51.72. 400 relay: Pine Crest 47.34 . 800 run: John Decker 2:06.98. 800 relay: Pine Crest 1:41.87. 1600 relay: King’s Academy 3:41.17



District 13-8A semifinals at Carol City: Hialeah Gardens vs. American, 6; Carol City vs. North Miami, 7:30

District 14-8A semifinals at Miami High: Coral Gables vs. Miami Springs, 6; Miami High vs. Miami Beach, 7:30

District 15-8A semifinals at Braddock: Coral Park-Ferguson winner vs. Columbus, 6; Braddock-Southwest winner vs. South Miami, 7:30

District 16-8A semifinals at Southridge: Palmetto vs. Southridge, 5; Coral Reef vs. Varela, 7

District 16-5A quarterfinal at Dillard: Mourning vs. Pompano Beach, 7

District 14-4A semifinals at Monsignor Pace: Booker T. Washington vs. Edison, 5:30; Jackson-Pace winner vs. Archbishop Carroll, 7

District 15-4A semifinals at Ransom: Ransom Everglades vs. MAST-TERRA winner, 6; La Salle vs. Doral, 7:30

District 16-4A semifinals at Gulliver: Coral Shores vs. Key West, 6; Gulliver vs. St. Brendan, 7:30

District 15-3A semifinals at Archbishop Curley: Miami Country Day vs. Dade Christian-Doctors Charter winner, 5; Archbishop Curley vs. Hillel-Mater Lakes winner, 7


Carrollton at Archbishop Carroll, 3:30

Homestead at Mater Academy, 3:30

Hialeah-Miami Lakes at Central, 3:30

Norland at Northwestern, 3:30

Killian at Miami Springs, 3:30

Ferguson at South Dade, 7


Killian at Columbus, 6:30

Mater Academy vs. St. Brendan (La Ley), 3:30

Brito vs. Doral (La Ley), 7

Miami Beach vs. Highlands Christian (Pace), 7

Braddock vs. Palmetto (South Dade), 7

Westland Hialeah at Southwest, 7

Homestead vs. Reagan (Varela), 3:30


Reagan vs. North Miami Beach (Spanish Monastery), 2

Palmetto at Coral Reef, 3

Jackson vs. Hialeah-Miami Lakes (Goodlet), 3

Gulliver vs. Sagemont (Weston Tennis Center), 3

Monsignor Pace at Coral Shores, 3:30

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