The exhilarating, improbable postseason run came to a sudden end for Westminster Academy in the Class 1A state semifinals.
After battling to a scoreless tie during 80 minutes of regulation, Community School of Naples scored on a golden goal in the fourth minute of extra time, denying the Lady Lions (20-2-1) a shot at a state crown at Melbourne High School.
“It was a beautiful year,” said coach Dale Renwick after comforting his tear-filled players on his squad. “This was a well-fought game, the teams worked hard. This was only our second loss all season. It was a very good season.”
The elimination closes the Lions’ deepest postseason run since 2004 as Community’s Madison Moses scored off a corner kick to reach the state championship game on Tuesday night.
“One of the differences between this year’s team and the 2004 team is goalkeeper,” Renwick said. “In ’04, we had to ask a field player to play goalkeeper. This team we had a real goalkeeper in [sophomore Sophia Alday]. This team was all heart, too.”
St. John’s Country Day (21-0-1) blanked Lakeland Christian (19-3-2), 6-0 in the other semifinal. Country Day will attempt to win its fifth consecutive title when it faces the Seahawks, who improved to 19-6-2 in defeating Westminster.
Community had a chance to score in regulation when it was awarded a penalty kick 15 minutes into the second half. But the Lions got new life when Community’s Tatiana Zuluaga hit her shot high over the middle of the goal.
“When she missed her goal, I thought we had new life for a while,” Westminster senior forward Alexia Kinsey said.
But the teams struggled to generate real scoring opportunities playing on a fast artificial turf.
“The only other time we played on turf was when we tied University School,” Renwick said. “Our true passes ended up going too fast, and we had to try to constantly adjust to it. But there’s no excuses. Both teams had to play on it.”
The first half saw few scoring opportunities for either teams. Alday was the busier of the keepers during the first 20 minutes, recording four saves during the first 40 minutes. Community’s freshman keeper Laura Zuluaga only had two saves with her defenders weathering the Lions’ threats deep in its zone. Westminster only had two corner kicks to the Seahawks’ six in the first half.
Westminster’s midfield and attackers were able to generate some offense during the last 15 minutes of the half, especially with the speed of wingers Camryn Pagliaro and Alexis Kwasnik, but couldn’t quite convert them into quality scoring attempts from inside the 18-yard box.
Cory Johnson will no longer be coaching football at Miami Killian.
On Monday night, the Killian football Twitter account released the news.
“Cory Johnson was forced to resign as the [head coach] of Miami Killian,” the tweet said. “Admin felt a new direction was needed. Even after going 41-15 in the last 5yrs.”
Johnson confirmed he was let go when reached by phone but declined to comment further. He said he was notified Monday morning, taught his classes the rest of the day and met with his players after school to relay the news to them.
Johnson will continue to teach weight training and physical education classes at the school.
▪ District 16-3A Quarterfinals — Miami Community Charter 66, Everglades Prep 42: MCC (11-12): Carter 5, Brewster 34, Appleby 11, Ogletree 14, Grier 2. HT: 31-17 MCC. EP: Alaniz 7, Sineon 10, Chinchilla 7, Hernandez 3, Levinson 6, Exposito 5, Quintanilla 2, Santiago 2. Rebounds: Brewster 14, Ogletree 10. Steals: Appleby 4. Assists: Brewster 5. Three-pointers: Brewster, Chinchilla.
▪ District 13-3A Quarterfinals — Hialeah Educational 65, International School of Broward 61: HEA (16-10): St. Clair 33, Lara 14, Cedeno 10, Torres 4, Carrea 2, Nadal 2. ISB: Colson 26, Anderson 19, Tommie, M. 8, Bradshaw 4, Tommie N. 2, Milien 2. Rebounds: St Clair 13. Blocks: St. Clair 3. Steals: Cedeno, Lara 4. HT: 33-31 HEA.
▪ District 14-3A Quarterfinals — Archbishop Curley 51, Doctors Charter 44: AC (18-8): Anilus 27, Fields 9, St. Mag 14, Acosta 4. DC: Burnies 15, Romantik 13, Odds 4, Millon 2, David 7. HT: 23-11 AC. Rebounds: Morrisett 7. Steals: Anilus 4, Fields 4. Assists: Anilus 9. Three-pointers: Anilus, Romantik.
▪ District 15-7A Quarterfinals — South Broward 63, Cooper City 44.
▪ Distrcit 12-3A Quarterfinals — Highlands Christian 79, Somerset Prep Academy 64.
▪ Late Saturday — Archbishop McCarthy 93, Pace 74: AM (15-9): Arocho 6, Diaz 9, Messer 17, Thomas 9, Jones 13, Guelce 10, Avila 29. MP: St, Fleur 19, Green 2, King 6, del Castillo 18, Smart 3, Paula 11, Brunson 13, Alvarez 2. HT: AM 41-39. Three-pointers: Diaz, Messer 4, Guelce, Avila 4, King 2, del Castillo, Smart, Paula 2. Rebounds: Arocho 13. Assists: Thomas 4. Blocks: Jones 5. Steals: Thomas 4.
▪ Late Saturday, District 14-4A Final — Cardinal Gibbons 39, Calvary Christian 27: CG (19-4): Antoine 11, Armstead 10, Cohen 6, Tumminello 5, Gregos 5, Bitar 2. CC (12-13): Issac 9, Bender 8, Hickey 6, Derr 4. HT: CG 14-13. Rebounds: Armstead 10, Bender 10. Assists: Armstead 3, Tumminello 2. Steals: Tumminello 4, Armstead 2.
▪ Cardinal Gibbons 48, Archbishop McCarthy 15.
▪ Late Saturday,
Pace 3, West Broward 0:
Pace 0 0 2 0 0 1 X — 3 6 3
WB 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 2 1
WP: Sofia Dominguez H, 10 K’s. Top Performers: Monica Marquez double, SB. Samantha Gandarillas single, RBI. Camille Lovelace single. Amanda Crespo single.
Class 2A state semifinal at Melbourne High: Gulliver vs. Orlando Bishop Moore, 6:30
Class 1A state final at Melbourne High: 9
Region 4-5A semifinal at Tropical Park: Killian vs. Varela, 7
Region 4-5A semifinal: Cooper City at Cypress Bay, 7
Region 3-5A semifinal: Douglas at Boca Raton, 7
Region 4-4A semifinal: Belen Jesuit at South Broward, 7
Region 4-3A semifinal at Traz: Mourning vs. Jackson, 7
Region 4-2A semifinal: MAST Academy at Ransom Everglades, 7
Region 4-2A semifinal: North Broward Prep at Palm Beach Gardens Benjamin, 7
Region 4-1A semifinal: Scheck Hillel at Westminster Academy, 7
Region 4-1A semifinal at Kendall Soccer: Archimedean vs. SLAM Academy, 2:30
District 11-8A quarterfinals at Coral Springs: Deerfield Beach vs. Monarch, 6; Coral Glades vs. Taravella, 8
District 12-8A semifinals at Piper: South Plantation vs. Piper, 6; Western vs. Cypress Bay, 7:30
District 13-8A semifinals at Flanagan: West Broward vs. Flanagan, 4; Everglades vs. Miramar, 6
District 15-8A opening round: Columbus at Ferguson, 6
District 16-8A semifinals at Coral Reef: Southridge vs. Homestead, 5; Coral Reef vs. South Dade, 7
District 14-7A semifinals at Blanche Ely: Plantation vs. St. Thomas Aquinas, 6; Blanche Ely vs. Fort Lauderdale, 7:30
District 15-7A semifinals at McArthur: Nova vs. South Broward, 6; McArthur vs. Hollywood Hills, 7:30
District 16-5A quarterfinals at Hallandale: Stranahan vs. Coconut Creek, 6; Hallandale vs. Pompano Beach, 7:30
District 14-4A quarterfinals at Chaminade-Madonna: Cardinal Gibbons vs. Pine Crest, 5; University School vs. Somerset Academy, 7
District 12-3A semifinals at Coral Springs Christian: Sagemont vs. Coral Springs Christian, 5:30; Westminster Academy vs. Highlands Christian, 7
District 16-3A semifinals at Palmer Trinity: Marathon vs. Somerset Charter, 5:30; Miami Community Charter vs. Palmer Trinity, 7
District 15-2A semifinals at Miami Christian: Hebrew Academy vs. Champagnat Catholic, 6; Brito-Divine Savior winner vs. Miami Christian, 7:30
Last week’s best Miami-Dade performances
TEAMS OF THE WEEK
The Norland boys’ basketball team won its second GMAC championship in the past three seasons with a 56-51 win over Central. The Vikings also beat Coral Gables and Miami High during the tournament.
The St. Brendan competitive cheerleading team won its and Miami-Dade County’s first state championship since the sport became sanctioned by the FHSAA in 2008. The Sabres won the Class 1A Extra Large Varsity division.
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Anthony Wilson, Central, boys’ basketball: Wilson had a combined 77 points in three GMAC tournament games and led the Rockets in rebounds (37), steals (24), blocks (16) and assists (15).
Lori Couto, Lourdes, girls’ basketball: Couto scored 15 points to lead the Bobcats to a 55-52 overtime win over Ferguson and the District 15-8A championship.
Ryan Hernandez, MAST, boys’ soccer: Hernandez made two huge saves in the shootout round and gave up only one goal to help MAST eliminate two-time defending state champion Gulliver in a Region 4-2A quarterfinal.
Giovani Chavez, Varela, boys’ soccer: Chavez scored the match-winning goal in overtime that beat Columbus 2-1 in a Region 4-5A quarterfinal.
Amanda Puig, Lourdes, girls’ soccer: Puig made two saves in the shootout round to lead the Bobcats to a penalty-kick shootout win over Cypress Bay and advance to state in Class 5A.
Nina Fernandez, Gulliver, girls’ soccer: Fernandez recorded a shutout and had two saves in the penalty-kick-shootout round to lead the Raiders to a win over Pine Crest and advance to state in Class 2A.
Gabriel Barrocas, Mater Academy, wrestling: Barrocas scored a pin in 51 seconds to lead the Lions over Monsignor Pace.
Andre C. Fernandez
Last week’s best Broward performances
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Tournament MVP Jordan Wright scored a game-high 27 points, highlighted by a momentum-swinging three-point shot to beat the third-quarter buzzer, and Raiquan Gray added 20 points to help FACA/SourceHoops Class 6A No. 1 Dillard hold off reigning Class 7A state champion Blanche Ely 68-62 in the BCAA Big 8 boys’ championship game.
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Nicolas Tejada, Cooper City, boys’ soccer: Tejada scored the game-winning penalty kick in a shootout to lead the Cowboys past Western 4-3 in the Class 5A quarterfinals.
Taylor Smellie, Coral Springs Charter, girls’ basketball: The freshman standout had 21 points to lead the Panthers to a 50-38 upset victory over St. Andrew’s in the District 13-4A championship game.
South Plantation cheerleading team: The Paladins won the Class 2A Large Non-Tumbling Division state title.
Ayanna Armstead, Cardinal Gibbons, girls’ basketball: Armstead had a game-high 10 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Chiefs past Calvary Christian 39-27 for the District 14-4A title, the Chiefs’ first district title in 11 seasons.
Elijah Kerr and Jisjar Clotida, Highlands Christian, boys’ soccer: Kerr and Clotida scored to lead the Knights (15-1-2) over Jupiter Christian 2-1 in the Class 1A quarterfinals.
Seth Coddington, Nova, boys’ basketball: Coddington had a team-high 17 points to lead the Titans past Cypress Bay 71-54 in the BCAA Big 8 boys’ tournament quarterfinals.
Coral Springs cheerleading team: The Colts won their second consecutive Class 2A Small Division Non-Tumbling state title.
Bella Dorsey, St. Thomas Aquinas, girls’ soccer: Dorsey had two goals to lead the Raiders over Stuart South Fork 4-0 in the Region 4-4A final.
Amaya Scott, Piper, girls’ basketball: Scott tied for a game-high 22 points to lead the Bengals over Cypress Bay 81-60 for the District 12-8A title.
The Miami Herald’s South Florida Top 10 basketball rankings
1. Mater Academy (20-4)
2. Norland (21-4)
3. Dillard (21-5)
4. Sagemont (19-7)
5. Central (19-5)
6. Arch. Carroll (23-3)
7. Zion Lutheran (20-5)
8. Miami Christian (18-7)
9. Cham.-Madonna (16-8)
10. West. Academy (15-6)
Under consideration: South Miami (17-7), Boyd Anderson (16-8), Pines Charter (14-6), Coral Gables (17-6), Belen Jesuit (21-4), Blanche Ely (15-12).
1. Country Day (21-6)
2. Miami High (24-3)
3. Flanagan (21-4)
4. South Broward (22-6)
5. Lourdes (20-6)
6. Ferguson (19-8)
7. Gulliver (24-3)
8. Am. Heritage (22-5)
9. Northeast (16-7)
10. Fort Lauderdale (16-8)
Under consideration: Dillard (17-6), Blanche Ely (17-5), Deerfield Beach (22-5), Doral (22-5), Norland (15-9), Nova (16-10).