With a Florida-record of 12 state titles in girls’ soccer, St. Thomas Aquinas runs an efficient program.
Carlos Giron, in his 32nd year as Aquinas’ coach, isn’t one to seek attention – just win games. In fact, he has a career record of 727-70-21.
This weekend, Aquinas (18-3-2) will try to win its 13th championship, traveling to Melbourne to take on Flagler Palm Coast (20-3-5) in a Class 5A state semifinal Friday at 3 p.m.
The other semifinal, which matches Vero Beach against Palm Harbor University, kicks off at 5:30 p.m. The 5A final is set for Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
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"We just have to play our possession game," said Giron, 54, a native of Honduras who played his college soccer at Florida Atlantic. "If we do that, we should be fine."
Giron said Aquinas’ best all-around player is junior midfielder Dallas Dorosy.
But she has been upstaged at times this season by her younger sister – freshman Isabella Dorosy, who leads the team with 19 goals and also has 12 assists.
"I knew she was good," Dallas said of Isabella. "But I didn’t know she was this good."
Dallas Dorosy said that after her sister’s free-kick goal beat Ferguson 1-0 last week in the regional finals.
More heroics may be needed against Flagler, which is making its first trip to state but has had a special trip to Melbourne.
In the regional semifinals, Flagler finally beat Neptune Beach’s Fletcher, which had eliminated FPC the past three years in a row. Flagler won this year’s game 1-0.
In the regional finals, Flagler beat defending state champ Oviedo 2-1 (5-4) on penalty kicks. Flagler tied the score on a free kick with eight minutes left and then won it on PKs.
Meanwhile, of the two teams on the other side of the bracket, Vero Beach has never won state while Palm Harbor earned championships in 1999, 2000, 2006, 2009 and 2010.
Palm Harbor lost to Aquinas in the 2005 state final but beat Aquinas in the 2006 state semifinals.