The term “been there, done that” gets used a lot these days and certainly would have applied to the Miami Springs girls soccer team last Thursday night (Jan. 15) at Traz Powell Stadium.
That’s because winning district titles for this program has become nothing short of a birthright in the last decade. And that “birthright” came to the surface again last week when the Lady Hawks dominated TERRA all night long, defeated the Wolves 3-0 in the District 16-4A championship game to move their record to 18-3-2. And with that win, it marked the Springs’ girls soccer program’s ninth district title in the last 11 years.
But if one was looking for any kind of “ho-hum, we’ve done this before” stuff from Hawks players, they didn’t get it as the girls swarmed the center of the field in mass celebration following the final whistle including senior midfielder Sophia De La Puente who enjoyed her third title.
“I don’t care what anybody says, something like this never gets old,” said De La Puente who scored the game’s 21st minute to stake her team to a 1-0 lead.
“This feeling never dies. It just continues on and that’s the way it feels tonight. You can’t just take something like this for granted and now we want to move on and keep it going.”
Moving on for Springs means the Lady Hawks will host a regional quarterfinal contest this Thursday night, Jan. 22 at Traz Powell Stadium and will take on Hollywood South Broward at 7 p.m., the same team they defeated 4-1 in the same round a year ago.
A win there (and Springs will be a prohibitive favorite) would mean a berth in the regional semifinals next Tuesday (Jan. 27) and the likely scenario would be a much-anticipated rematch with Pembroke Pines Charter which clobbered Springs 4-0 in last year’s regional semi on their way to the state final four in Melbourne. (Pines Charter will host TERRA on Thursday and, like Springs, will be expected to win and advance).
“For the last year I’ve been thinking about Pines Charter,” said De La Puente. “It’s always been there. They’ve been in my mind. Last year we felt like we might’ve gotten a little unlucky because we were missing some starters for that game but we’ll need to take care of South Broward first before we worry about them.”
The Springs girls suffered through a frustrating first half against TERRA (12-5) as numerous scoring chances including two by Alyssa Deno, when by the wayside. But, with the official looking at his watch ready to blow the whistle ending the first half, Anete Cea rifled a perfect shot in front of the net that Sophia “Spanky” Gomez got a foot on and knocked it past the TERRA keeper for a huge goal and 2-0 lead.
“Anete and I always connect very well and she fed me a great pass right in front and I managed to get a foot on it and sneak it in there,” said Gomez. “That was a big goal because that made it a two-goal lead at halftime and you could see really see their (TERRA) heads kind of drop after that.”
Fifteen minutes into the second half, De La Puente all but ended the issue when, after a TERRA player was called for a hand ball inside the penalty box, rifled a perfect penalty kick shot into the bottom right corner of the net to make it 3-0.
I’d been the nervous guy all day long at school today,” said head coach William Drew after the game which notched his 251st victory in a 14 year career. “I told them that this team (TERRA) never quits and always play hard and indeed they came out and played hard. But my girls today were super relaxed at school and said ‘don’t worry, we’re going to take care of it’ and they did. They played a great first half and probably should’ve been up a lot more than we were.”