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Ferguson’s defense locks MAST down in GMAC

 
 

MAST Academy’s Joanna Gomez, left, and Ferguson’s Natalie Valderruten battle for the ball in the GMAC girls’ soccer semifinal at Milander Park on Wednesday.
MAST Academy’s Joanna Gomez, left, and Ferguson’s Natalie Valderruten battle for the ball in the GMAC girls’ soccer semifinal at Milander Park on Wednesday.
Peter Andrew Bosch / Miami Herald staff

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The Ferguson girls’ soccer team knew it had to limit upstart MAST Academy’s ability to give sophomore striker Mariana Speckmaeyer scoring opportunities Wednesday night.

Speckmaeyer struck quickly for an early goal in the 16th minute.

But from that point on, the Falcons’ defense took over and gave itself a chance to come back and secure a 2-1 win over the Makos in a GMAC semifinal at Milander Park.

Ferguson (15-2-1) advances to play Miami Springs, which beat Palmetto in the other semifinal, on Friday at 7 p.m. at Milander. The Falcons will attempt to win their second GMAC title in the past three seasons.

“We needed to make some adjustments on the cleanliness of our play in the first half,” Ferguson coach Richard Lopez said. “We couldn’t allow them to play the long ball and distribute it to [Speckmaeyer].”

Ferguson erased MAST’s 1-0 lead with two quick strikes in the first 15 minutes of the second half.

Senior Isa Jarra rushed toward the goal and fired a shot that was partially deflected by MAST goalkeeper Raquel Perez. The ball rolled slowly in front of the goal until Jess Suarez came crashing in and tapped it home to tie the match.

Moments later, freshman Brianna Austin drew a foul inside the line of the 18-yard box prompting a penalty kick. Jarra converted the goal to give the Falcons the lead for good.

Speckmaeyer fired one great driving shot toward the goal, but it was saved by Ferguson’s goalkeeper.

“In this tournament you have to play the fine line between staying fit and overworking too much,” Lopez said. “This is icing on the cake and has its prestige, but it can also take its toll.”

•  GMAC semifinal — Miami Springs 2, Palmetto 1: Ale Salazar continued to show why she is one of Miami-Dade County’s top scorers Wednesday by tallying two go-ahead goals in the Golden Hawks’ victory.

Salazar put Miami Springs ahead first with a well-placed 25-yard free kick after a hand ball.

Palmetto tied the match at 1 in the 30th minute. It remained level until 10 minutes remaining in the second half when Salazar found the back of the net again off an assist from Sophia Gomez.

Salazar has 34 goals this season.

“Salazar has been playing unbelievable for us,” Miami Springs coach William Drew said. “This is a pretty special group that if it keeps working hard has the potential to take us far.”

BOYS’ SOCCER

• TERRA 2, Miami Springs 2: TER: Thomas Barreiro 2 goals. TER 6-5-4.

• Belen 3, Westland 0: Frankie de la Camara goal. Marcello Hernandez goal. Anthony Castro goal. BEL 13-0-1.

• Mourning 7, Hialeah Gardens 2: Cristian Benevento 2 goals. Matheus Mera goal. Soma Gubacsi goal. Camilo Rojas goal. Yoni Sonis goal. Leo Martinez goal.

• Palmer Trinity 2, Archimedean 1: PT (10-3-4): Alex Salgado goal. Alejandro Martinez-Oletta goal. Alejandro Rodriguez-Santilli assist. ARC (13-3-1) Christopher Jordan goal.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

• Palmer Trinity 8, Archimedean 0: Sarah Medina 3 goals, 2 assists. Miranda Ricart goal, assist. Mikela Garcia goal. Carolina Casariego goal. Sofia Rivas goal. Hailey Malueg goal. Hana Bornani assist. Sofia Guerra assist. PT 12-3-1.

• Doral Academy 4, Hebrew Academy 1: HA: Sharon Stambouli goal. HA 8-8.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

• Miami Northwestern 45, MAST 42: NW(9-5) : Curry 15, White 11, Greham 8, Griffin 7, Kinsey 3, Grimes 1. MAST: Reese 15, Andre 12, Kurnick 4, Osorio 4, Frye 3, Majia 2. Rebounds: Griffin 13, Grimes 12. Steals: White 3, Reese 4. Assists: Curry 3.

• Miami High 48, North Miami 42: MIA (10-5): Sierra 14, Syle 3, Concepcion 15, James 5, Coqmard 2, Dawson 2, Garcia 4, Butler 1. NM: Fleurintine 6, Jacques 9, Destinosles 5, Brown 7, Cine 6, Desauguste 7, Lundor 2. Rebounds: Syle 7, Sierra 7. Assists: Concepcion 5. Steals: Concepcion 4. Three-pointers: Concepcion, James 2, Fleurintine, Jacques, Destinosles, Brown, Desauguste. Blocks: Sierra 5.

• South Miami 60, Braddock 54: SM: Lopez 16, Clark 24, Reed 3, Jobe 3, Glover 5, M. LoBue 2, Barney 7. BRA: Echemende 19, Cueto 5, Garcia 11, Reese 4, Ruiz 2, Arce 5, Diaz 7. Rebounds: Lopez 11. Steals: Barney 3. Assists: Clark 5

• Carol City 46, Mourning 42: CC (10-4): Q. Bell 13, J. Johnekins 5, K. Wilcox 8, Z. White 4, A. Tanis 4, T. Hammons 4, M. Morrell 2, M. Smith 2. ATM: Dangervil 13, Souffint 14, Salazar 7, Fachlerstal 6, Mervil 1, Sliva 1. Rebounds: T. Hammons 6. Assists: Z. White 5. Steals: K. Wilcox 2. Three-pointers: J. Johnekins, Q. Bell 2.

• South Dade 58, Varela 39: SD (10-4): T. Birts 15, W. Hale 11, D. Cooper 8, K. Loyd 5, J. Fernandez 6, T. Davis 5, J. Carbal 3, V. Garo 4, S. Torres 1. VAR: Duran 5, Medina 3, Arce 3, Baez 3, Martinez 11, Torsilo 9, Brown 4. Rebounds: T. Birts 8, D. Cooper 8, W. Hale 6. Assists: K. Loyd 7, V. Garo 4. Steals: K. Loyd 5, J. Fernandez 4, T. Birts 3, Blocks: D. Cooper 4.

• Gulliver Prep 67, Miami Christian 46: GP: Heckaman 4, Chasin 14, Pattullo 4, Perez 2, Parekh 5, Lafuente 13, Bowes 2, Jackson 3, Grimwade 4, Uyaelunmo 16. Three-pointers: Lafuente, Pattullo, Parekh. Rebounds: Uyaelunmo 14. Assists: Lafuente 5.

• Booker T. Washington 86, Pace 81: BTW (12-3): Pitpit 14, Neal 3, Hutchinson 5, Brown 6, McCoy 8, Passmore 19, Mera 2, Jackson 24, Sanchez 5. MP (11-6): Jean 3, Fisher 36, Castillo 2, Alvarez 3, Uche 4, Duarte 23, Ferguson 7. Three-pointers: Pitpit 3, Hutchinson, Passmore. Fisher 3, Alvarez, Duarte 4. Rebounds: Jackson 28. Assists: Hutchinson 10. Steals: Hutchinson 5. Blocks: Jackson 8.

• Belen 55, Terra 22: BEL (8-8): N. Iparraguirre 4, M. Fernandez 14, J. Herrera 7, J. Cirera 4, E. Cruz 10, J. Ordonez 2, N. Cambo 4, A. Perez 6, M. Diaz Silviera 4. TER: Alfaro 5, Bryant 8, Swihart 5, Mayor 2, Scuti-Tamblay 2. Rebounds: J. Ordonez 7. Assists: J. Medina 6. Steals: A. Perez 4. Three-pointers: Cruz, Fernandez 2, Ordonez, Alfaro, Bryant 2, Swihart.

• Southwest 65, Ferguson 36: SW (8-8): Knowles 2, Rodriguez 13, Acosta 3, Bornemann 15, Diaz 7, Aloma 14, Borrego 2, Davidson 5, Martinez 4. FER: Stoltenbarg 9, Gonzalez 10, Garcia 2, Acosta 5, Somoza 4, Schey 5, Alicea 1. Rebounds: Bornemann 10. Assists: Acosta 5.

• Miami Beach 59, Hialeah Gardens 45: MB (14-3): Z. Brown 20, Tolliver 7, Rolle 13, Schiffino 10, Warren 9. HG: Enriques 8, Casilla 10, Vasquez 13, Kimbrough 5, Aguilar 7, Eara 2. Rebounds: Brown 17, Schiffino 10. Blocks: Brown 7.

Late Tuesday-Miami Country Day 57, Doctor’s Charter 34: MCDS (9-4): Clements 8, Cambo 9, Parizo 26, Kappos 2, Gomez 6, Figueroa 6. DC: Meighan 13, Lame 1, Floyd 3, Coversion 2, Reyes 2, News 8, Romanik 5. Three-pointers: Clements, Parizo, Romanik. Rebounds: Cambo 8. Steals: Parizo 5.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

• La Salle 36, Pace 30: LS (12-7): Moye 6, Echevarria 7, Alfaro 7, Lorenzo 18, Montoto 12, De La Madriz 7, Cruz 9, Perez 2. MP: Wilson 12, Rodriguez 2, Brown 14, Perinatal 2, Narin 1. Three-pointers: Brown 3, Montoto 2, De La Madriz 1, Cruz 1. Rebounds: Moye 2. Assists: Lorenzo 7. Steals: Alfaro 3

• Palmer Trinity 42, Mater Academy 31: PT (15-2): Gonzalez 2, Baiamonte 2, Hebb 17, Solar 2, Parten 18. MA (13-4): Acosta 6, Angulo 18, Diaz 3, Dalmau 2, Sandoval 2. Three pointers: Hebb 1, Acosta 2, Angulo 2. Rebounds: Baiamonte 12. Assists: Gonzalez, Solar 3. Steals: Parten 2 .

• Booker T. Washington 56, Sunset 19: BTW (14-2): Leite 16, Bello 23, Durant 3, Miller 6, Burke 2, L. Berry 1, Matthew 3. SUN: Murga 2, Perez 7, Espinosa 2, Poit 2, Gatewood 6. Steals: Bello 8, Leite 5, Miller 3, Durant 2, L. Berry 2, Harris 2. Assists: Leite 5, Bello 3. Rebounds: Leite 4, Bello 4, Fleuristil 2. Blocks: Leite 3, Harris 1.

• St. Brendan 51, Keys Gate 37: SB (12-5): Martinez 21, Rodriguez 4, Bolanos 2, Falla 16, Canas 4, Bonet 2, Murillo 2. KG: Pinto 11, Sanders 4, Reyes 6, Smiley 12. Assists: Falla 8. Rebounds: Rodriguez 6.

• Miami Country Day 64, Florida Air Academy 50: MCD (12-2): Mackenzie 7, Anyagaligbo 14, Berry 3, Lewis 2, Minott 29, Alvarez 9. FA: Gorden 7, Rosich 9, Dargie 4, Stanley 12, Vazquez 7, Diaz 6, Antantoe 5. Three-pointers: Gorden, Dargie, Vazquez 2, Mackenzie, Minott, Alvarez 3. Rebounds: Minott 14. Steals: Minott 5. Assists: Minott 5.

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