St. Thomas Aquinas edges Ferguson in girls’ soccer, reaches state semifinals
02/01/2014 12:00 AM
02/01/2014 12:04 AM
Freshman Isabella Dorosy scored in the 20th minute, and freshman Abigail Pangallo earned the shutout to lead the St. Thomas Aquinas girls’ soccer team to to a 1-0 win over Ferguson on Friday night at Milander Stadium.
Aquinas (18-3-2) advanced to the Class 5A state semifinals Friday in Melbourne against Flagler Palm Coast (20-3-5). The 5A final is the next day.
Junior forward Dallas Dorosy, Isabella’s older sister, helped Aquinas win its 12th and most-recent state title in 2012 when she was a freshman.
Dallas is now the best player on this year’s team, according to Aquinas Coach Carlos Giron, but even she is surprised at how well her little sister has played.
Ferguson finished 20-3-2.
Walter Villa• Pembroke Pines Charter 2, Palm Beach Dwyer 1 (OT): After conceding control of the match throughout, Pembroke Pines Charter stunned host Palm Beach Dwyer on Mya Goodman’s dramatic 18-yard golden goal five minutes into overtime for a victory, sending the Jaguars to the school’s first final four berth in the Class 4A regional finals.
“This has been an amazing season,” Goodman, a senior captain, said after the on-field celebrating with her teammates. “I feel I'm very lucky to be in this position. It's the greatest feeling in the world.”
The Jaguars, who improved to 19-5-1, will face the Fleming Island-Pace winner in the state semifinal round at Melbourne High School.
The teams played to a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation, but it was Dwyer who dictated the pace with Pines Charter goalkeeper Patricia Yordan (nine saves) being the busier of the two goalies
The Jaguars took a 1-0 lead at intermission. In the 13th minute, Right winger Courtney Zaher scored after she ran down a rebound off a shot from Sawyer Hall as Dwyer keeper Lauren Sowers couldn't secure the ball from original shot.
But the Panthers (18-3-1) gave a Pines Charter glimpse of what it would see for the second half. Dwyer, with the tandem passing of standouts Alexandra Pallo (verbally committed to the University of Georgia) and Macayla Edwards, were unable to convert on at least four close-range chances during the closing three minutes of the first half.
"Yes, I was worried," Pines coach Carlos Velaquez said. "We were making a lot of mistakes, being a young team, but we fought through the mistakes. We've played that way all season."
Edwards finally converted for the Panthers on a 17-yard shot for the equalizer during the 2nd minute of the first half
CONCEPCION LEDEZMA• American Heritage Delray 5, MAST 0: The American Heritage Delray girls trounced MAST Academy in a Class 2A regional final.
Robyn Whittaker and Taylor Pak each scored twice. Morgan Hawes netted the first goal of the second half and kicked off an offense barrage. The Stallions scored four times in the final frame.
“When you are playing as well as we are playing it’s only going to be a matter of time until he goals start going in,” Stallions coach Steve Burgess said. “We pretty much ran the other team to death in the first half. We had the right matchups and were able to exploit how tired they were.”
After Hawes’ goal, Whittaker volleyed in her first goal. Soon after Whittaker swished a back-to-back score, beating the keeper with her left foot. Pak popped in the final score on a penalty kick.
“It was a good game and we dominated most of the time,” Whittaker said. “Of course the better team came out on top. We did what we needed to do to get the job done. The coach told us to put the ball in the back of the net. He said the forwards weren’t finishing. We finally did in the second half.”
The Stallions (17-2) will face either Wakulla or Bolles in the state semifinals.
“We gave our best and this team is a terrific team,” Makos coach Osie Morales said. “We tried the best we could. At the end I changed my lineup and we let in a couple goals but we gave our best.”
The 20-3-4 record is the best history for the Makos, who had never been in a regional final.
“I think we can go to states and come out on top,” Whittaker said. “We are so gelled together as a team. We get along on and off the field. Our chemistry is good.”
ALEX BUTLER• Palmer Trinity 3, Westminster Academy 0: Sarah Medina drilled a 30-yard highlight goal over the Westminster goalie to the high left corner to give Palmer Trinity a 2-0 lead en route to a victory over Westminster Academy in the Region 4-1A finals at Westminster.
Palmer Trinity (17-5-1) will play on Wednesday in Melbourne against St. John’s Country Day in the Class 1A state semifinals.
After a scoreless first half where both teams had numerous opportunities to score, neither could find the net. Medina made the second half a clinic of her incredible skills.
RUDY RODRIGUEZ-CHOMAT• American Heritage Plantation 5, Naples 0: The celebration was modest. A few high fives and back pats. And that was it.
In the ultimate display of “been there, done that,” Plantation American Heritage had just dusted Naples in a Region 4-3A girls’ soccer regional final at Heritage Field. And one might never have known they were headed to the state final four.
Heritage, 27-0-1 and ranked No. 3 in the nation in the NSCAA polls, will head to East Florida State College in Melbourne on Thursday for a state semifinal game.
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