“It was nerve-wracking,” said Coral Shores coach Mat Hall.
“We wanted to really put it to them after last year’s loss in the finals, and I’m really proud of the boys for hanging on at the end.”
Down by a goal heading into the final quarter of play and needing a big break, the Hurricanes got one, gaining a one-man advantage for three minutes to open the fourth quarter after an illegal-stick penalty was called against Palmetto. Coral Shores capitalized, scoring a pair of goals that gave the Hurricanes their first lead of the match and the momentum.
With just under five minutes to go, Palmetto attacker Dylan Silverman tied the score at 7-7, but Coral Shores midfielder Bryce Lankford answered with the game-winner, winding up from five yards out and firing a shot into the back of the net.
Coral Shores attacker Danny Whisted had a hand in most of the team’s offensive production, scoring a team-high four goals and tallying three assists.
• District 16-8A final — Coral Reef 9, Palmetto 4: Sophomore Christina Collie’s single in the fourth drove in two to finally get some current behind the host Barracudas, who took home the district championship over the Panthers.
Another rally in the fifth put five more unanswered runs on the board. Dayna Wilson, who pitched a complete game and struck out three, kept the Panthers shut out until the sixth and picked up her 16th win.
Coral Reef (23-2) is on a roll, having won the GMAC tournament last week. Their hopes to take the momentum all the way through states might not be so far-fetched.
“This year has been great, the girls have put in a lot of hard work, and it has paid off,” said coach Dario Rodriguez. “We set our standards high and we work hard for them.”
WP: Dayna Wilson (16-2) 3K CG. LP: Amanda Guglietta. Top performers: Cassandra Garcia 3-4, 2 RBI, 2 runs. Christina Collie 2-4, 3 RBI. Carsyn Gordon 3-4, 3 runs, RBI, 2 doubles. Sarah Ortiz 2-4, RBI. CR (23-2)
DISTRICT 14-3A FINAL — CALVARY CHRISTIAN 10, HIGHLANDS CHRISTIAN 2
WP: LP: Top performer:
DISTRICT 15-2A FINAL — PRINCETON CHRISTIAN 15, WESTWOOD CHRISTIAN 4 (5)
WP: Courtney Cox (14-2). Top performers: Heather Hedges 2-4, 2 doubles, 2 RBI. Alex Windley 2-3, 2 RBI. PC 14-2.
DISTRICT 14-8A FINAL — GOLEMAN 2 CORAL GABLES 1
WP: Vicky Morales 10-4. LP: Katie Falcon
DISTRICT 16-6A FINAL — MATER ACADEMY 17, WESTLAND HIALEAH 2
WP: Alexis Castroman (5-2) 5K. LP: Storres. Top performers: A. Castroman 2-3, 2 singles, 2 RBI, run. Y. Llavore 3-3, 3 singles, 2 RBI, 2 runs. K. Ordoqui 2-2, single, double, 2 RBI, 3 runs. A. Guzman 2-4, 2 singles, 2 RBI, 2 runs. MA 15-7.
LATE WEDNESDAY — 15-8A SEMIFINAL — SOUTHWEST 4, BRADDOCK 3