The City of Miami Beach U13 boys’ travel soccer team won the Nike Cup in Sanford.
Miami Beach edged Jacksonville FC 2-1 in a shootout in the championship match.
Coached by Brian Geraghty, Miami Beach advanced to the tournament final by finishing first in the group stage after a 6-0 victory over Creeks Clash, a tie at two with the Maitland Shock and a 2-0 win over Jacksonville FC. Group stage goal scorers for Miami Beach included Matias Aranguiz (3), Leonardo Acosta (2), Camilo Valdelamar (1), Roberto Carlos Reyes (1), Bautista Salinas (1), Patrick Geraghty (1) and Venancio Lobo (1).
In the final in a rematch against Jacksonville FC, the Miami Beach defense -- led by Olman Melara, Alec Priscal, Alexander Garcia and Nicolas Arriola -- shut down the Jacksonville attack. A goal late in the first half by Christopher Ghersi, assisted by Kyle Falbo, put Miami Beach up 1-0.
A late goal by Jacksonville, off a corner kick, evened things near the end of regulation, forcing a shootout to determine the champion. Miami Beach keeper Patrick Geraghty made a huge save in the shootout and also scored to highlight the effort. Teammates Roberto Carlos Reyes and Alexander Garcia added key shootout goals to ensure victory.
For information about the Miami Beach Traveling Soccer Program, contact Edith Guerra at 305-673-7767. For future events and other Miami Beach Parks and Recreation programming, call 305-673-7730 or visit www.miamibeachparks.com.
Sunshine State Games
Fencer Jorge Finol of Miami Lakes won gold in Senior Mixed Foil during the Alachua County Festival of the Sunshine State Games at the Sante Fe College Gymnasium.
Salome Franco and Daniela Mckenzie of the Miami Waves Club won gold in Novice Duet synchronized swimming age group 11-12 at the H. Spurgeon Cherry Westside Pool. The Miami Waves Club was third overall in the Novice Division.
The games attracted more than 2,900 athletes in seven sports.
Fencing at Santa Fe College Gymnasium
Local finishers: Senior Mixed Foil: 1. Jorge Finol, Miami Lakes; 3. Andres Lopez, Miami. Senior Men’s Foil: 3. Nicolas Ortelli, Miami. Veteran Men’s Foil: 2. Andres Lopez, Miami; 3. Luis Bretones, Miami. Youth Men’s Foil: 3. Mario Lopez, Miami.
Synchornized swimming at the H. Spurgeon Cherry Westside Pool
Local finishers: INTERMEDIATE: Trio: 10U: 2. Miami Waves Club (Allison Waltzer, Alfonsina Santucho, Malena Amador. Duet: 10U: 4. Miami Waves Club (Alfonsina Santucho, Malena Amador). Solo: 10U: 8. Miami Waves Club (Allison Waltzer). 11-12: 4. Miami Waves Club (Mariantonia Melia). Team: 11-12: 3. Miami Waves Club (Mariantonia Mejia, Laura Valentina Cordoba, Dominique Autie, Salome Franco, Daniela Mckenzie, Julia Araujo, Alejandra Quecano, Valentina Rodriguez, Alt Catalina Ghringhilli).
NOVICE: Trio: 11-12: 2. Miami Waves Club (Maria Alejandra Prieto, Laura Valentina Cordoba, Valentina Gonzalez). Duet: 11-12: 1. Miami Waves Club (Salome Franco, Daniela Mckenzie); 3. Miami Waves Club (Julia Araujo, Catalina Ghringhilli); 4. Miami Waves Club (Maria Alejandro Prieto, Valentina Gonzalez). Solo: 9-10: 2. Miami Waves Club (Alejandra Quecano). 11-12: 2. Miami Waves Club (Dominique Autie).
Local players fared well during the 65th USTA Florida ’Bobby Curtis’ Junior State Championships at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach, Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs and the Ormond Beach Tennis Center.