With a strong core of players from last year’s state runner-up finish, the Lourdes girls’ soccer team is still one of the state’s best.
The Bobcats entered the regional playoffs Thursday undefeated and looking to begin another run at the championship.
Freshman Natalie Silberman’s goal in the 23rd minute made sure Lourdes would move one step closer with a 1-0 victory over South Dade in a Region 4-5A quarterfinal at Columbus.
The Bobcats (21-0-3) advanced to play Ferguson in the regional semifinals Tuesday, likely to be played at Columbus at 7 p.m.
“The scoreboard doesn’t tell the full story of the game because we had plenty of chances to score,” Lourdes coach Ramiro Vengoechea said. “This team is poised right now to go deep in the playoffs.”
Silberman’s goal could have been accompanied by a few more as Lourdes applied consistent pressure on South Dade’s goal throughout the second half. The Bucs (11-6-2) fended off several scoring attempts, however.
Lourdes senior goalkeeper Jenny Herold preserved the one goal advantage and recorded the shutout.
“Our core of juniors were a big part of our success last season and those girls have played a big part this year,” Vengoechea said.Region 4-1A quarterfinal: Palmer Trinity 3, Miami Country Day 2:
BOYS’ BASKETBALLBooker T. Washington 46, Coral Reef 28: Miami Springs 58, Mourning 43: Princeton Christian 43, Colonial Christian 36:
GIRLS’ BASKETBALLReagan 56, Hialeah Gardens 36: Mater 48, Varela 36: Miami Country Day 72, Coral Springs Charter 40:
Westland Hialeah hired former Varela assistant coach Trelvin Payne as its new football coach Thursday. Payne takes over for Mike Manasco, who was recently hired to coach at Palmetto. This is Payne’s first career varsity head coaching position and he takes over a Wildcats program that will enter its seventh season and went 2-7 last season.
Princeton Christian vs. Riviera Prep (Riviera Prep), 4:30
Redland Christian vs. Pinecrest Prep (Pinecrest Prep), 6:30
Mater Lakes vs. Dade Christian (DC), 7:00
Monsignor Pace vs. Chaminade-Madonna (CMP), 7:00
Varela vs. Sunset (SUN), 7:30
Archbishop Carroll vs. Westwood Christian (WWC), 7:30
Braddock vs. Coral Park (CP), 7:30
Miami Central vs. Booker T. Washington (BTW), 7:30
Archbishop Curley vs. Miami Country Day (MCD), 7:30
TERRA vs. Doral Academy (DRL), 7:30
Homestead vs. Mater Academy Charter (MATER), 7:30
Champagnat vs. Coral Reef (CR), 7:30
Jackson vs. Belen Jesuit (BEL), 7:30
LaSalle vs. Edison (ED), 7:30
Northwestern vs. Carol City (CC), 7:30
Ferguson vs. Coral Gables (CG), 7:30
Krop vs. Westland Hialeah (Westland Hialeah), 7:30
Columbus vs. Southwest (SW), 7:30
Goleman vs. Hialeah-Miami Lakes (HML), 7:30
North Miami vs. North Miami Beach (NMB), 7:30
Miramar vs. Hialeah Gardens (Hialeah Gardens), 7:30
SLAM Charter vs. St. Brendan (STB), 8:00
Colonial vs. Princeton Christian, 5:00
Redland Christian vs. Pinecrest Prep (Pinecrest Prep), 5:00
Hialeah Educational Academy vs. Archemedian (Archemedian), 6:00
Doral Academy vs. St. Brendan (STB), 6:30
Lourdes vs. Monsignor Pace (MSP), 7:30