Boys’ soccer | Class 1A final: Tampa Prep 1, Hillel 0

Hillel’s run ends in Class 1A boys’ soccer final against Tampa Prep

 

If you go

What: The state boys’ soccer championships.

When: Through Saturday.

Where: Melbourne High, 74 Bulldog Blvd., Melbourne.

Admission: $9 per session; parking: $5.

Defending state champions: Class 5A — Weston Cypress Bay; 4A — Orange Park Fleming Island; 3A — Plantation American Heritage; 2A: Melbourne 2A — Melbourne West Shore; 1A: Tampa 1A — Tampa Prep.

Thursday’s result: Class 1A — Tampa Prep 1, Hillel 0.

Friday’s schedule: Class 2A — Gulliver vs. Jacksonville Bolles, 8.

Saturday’s schedule: Class 3A — Plantation American Heritage vs. Ponte Vedra, 10 a.m.; Class 4A — Naples Gulf Coast vs. Lutz George Steinbrenner, 1; Class 5A — Cypress Bay vs. Winter Garden West Orange, 4.


a1fernandez@MiamiHerald.com

Their disappointment was obvious even as they walked off the field in the pouring rain.

But so was their pride in a historic accomplishment.

Hillel’s boys’ soccer team became the first in any sport in its school’s history to reach a state final.

But a hard-fought 1-0 loss to perennial state champion Tampa Prep on Thursday night at Melbourne High provided little solace.

“We’re all proud, but we’re not happy with this result,” Hillel sophomore defender Ben Vaisberg said. “It’s not enough until we get back here again and win it.”

Hillel (19-2-1) matched skill with Tampa Prep (25-1-1) until the 64th minute of the match.

Senior Shaddy Douidar angled a free kick that bent away from Hillel freshman goalkeeper Alan Landau for the lone goal of the match.

“The ball was coming and it was slippery with the rain,” Landau said. “The defender and forward looked like they deflected it, and I didn’t know how to react.”

Hillel was unable to find the equalizer despite putting some pressure on the goal in the final minutes of the match.

The Terrapins won their second state title and fourth in the past five seasons.

As for Hillel, a team with no seniors on the roster, it left the Tampa Prep players and even its fans buzzing about the team’s potential.

“They’re a good team and they’re young, which is great for them,” Tampa Prep senior Macsen Pritchard said.

The Hurricanes started playing soccer in the winter season five years ago. They won three district titles in four years.

This season, Hillel won 19 games, losing and tying only once to Weston Sagemont each time. The Hurricanes avenged those setbacks by beating Sagemont in the regional finals.

But Thursday, the difference against a Tampa Prep team that had 12 seniors came down to experience, size and speed.

“They were bigger, stronger and faster, but we feel our skill was on the level with them,” Vaisberg said. “We gave up one goal on a dead ball. We have to go back and look at our mistakes.”

Vaisberg and defenders Eric Dolman and Nathaniel Rub did a good job against Tampa Prep’s attackers, which mustered 12 shots to Hillel’s six. Julian Ribak, Hillel’s leading scorer, had three shots.

Twice in the opening minutes, the Terrapins nearly scored. But despite advancing at close range, each shot went wide. Landau finished with four saves.

Hillel, which scored 27 goals in six previous playoff matches, couldn’t muster any consistent scoring chances although it did create some traffic in front of goalkeeper Yousef Ghabour on a couple of corner kicks. But Ghabour had an answer for each threat.

“The first half you saw us pushing and not getting into our own style of play,” Hillel coach Ben Magidson said. “You give a team that’s been there so many chances they’re going to bury one and they did.”

Magidson shared the disappointment of Thursday’s loss but said the season could have just been the beginning for a program with the potential to become a consistent soccer power in Miami-Dade County.

“It makes me so proud when you see what this team did this year,” Magidson said. “The average age of our team is 16, so for our guys to battle like this is great. I don’t want to guarantee it will happen but these kids have a chance to get back here next year or even two or three times.”

Read more Miami-Dade High Schools stories from the Miami Herald

  • High Schools roundup

    Dade Christian boys’ track relay teams qualifiy for states

    The Dade Christian boys’ track 4x100 relay team will head to the State Championship for its second year in a row. Abigael Neus, Sam Mompremier, Jeanmaxon Adrien, and Cameron Floyd. Darwin Abreu qualified fourth overall in the mile. The 4x400 relay team, Torrian Wallace, Jovyn Pierre, Andrew Dodds, and Jonathan Gill needed to finish fourth out of 16 teams and run under a 3:42 to qualify for states. Freshman Jonathan Gill lead the team to a time of 3:36, awarding them fourth place to also qualify them for states.

  •  
Kristi Isabelle, a home schooled senior representing the South Florida HEAT Team, won the 300m hurdle during the Region 4-1A track meet on Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014, at Killian.

    Track and field

    Westminster’s James achieves rare sprint triple at regionals

    Westminster Academy’s Andrew James showed the Region 4-1A field at Dade Christian why he’s become one of the biggest box office draws in Florida.

  • Tennis | Class 1A state championships

    Ransom girls capture second state title in the past three years

    It wasn’t perfection, but the Ransom Everglades girls left no doubt that the state Class 1A tennis trophy was coming back to Coconut Grove.

Get your Miami Heat Fan Gear!

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category