Just two weeks after experiencing the euphoria of a first ever GMAC championship, the MAST Academy boys soccer team got to experience the other end of the gambit Wednesday afternoon.
The Makos, who had to deal with the sudden and unexpected resignation of their coach, Gaston Rubio, the day after winning that GMAC title, could not recover. Following a 1-0 loss to LaSalle in last week’s district championship, they traveled to Gulliver Prep and saw their season come to an end with a 2-1 loss in a Region 4-2A quarterfinal contest.
MAST players sat in dejected silence after the game as Rubio, who got a sudden opportunity to pursue a career as a firefigther and shocked even MAST administrators with the sudden move and was at the game, addressed his players.
“The last few weeks have definitely been tough,” said MAST senior forward Valentin Sabella, who scored his team’s lone goal on a direct kick with just 21 seconds left in the game. “It was so exciting a few weeks ago, I can’t believe it ended like this.”
Gulliver improved to 14-2-1 and will travel to play LaSalle in a regional semifinal Saturday at a site and time to be announced.
▪ Region 4-5A quarterfinal: Miami Beach 4, Coral Reef 0: After spending most of the first half peppering the goal but squandering scoring chances, Miami Beach finally got things cranking in the second half, scoring all four of their goals at Flamingo Park.
Franklin Rivero broke things open for the Hi-Tides (21-2-1) when he scored off an assist from Josue “Chino” Aguilar in the game’s 52nd minute and then popped another one in eight minutes later to make it 2-0 at the second half water break. A Leonardo Acosta goal and an own-goal by Reef (10-5-2) completed the scoring.
Beach will host Varela, which shut out Coral Gables 2-0, in a regional semifinal Saturday.
▪ Region 4-4A quarterfinal: South Broward 2, Reagan 1: Andy Minero scored a first half goal and Jacob Testa knocked another one in early in the second half before the Bulldogs held off a furious late rally by Reagan to pull off the mild upset at Traz Powell Stadium .
• Region 4-5A quarterfinal: Lourdes 3, Palmetto 0: Mia Atrio, Kat Molina, Taylor Cosio, 1 goal each, Niki Molina 2 assists, Sofi Hillman 1 assist. Amanda Puig records the shutout. LOU: 22-1-0.
• Region 4-2A quarerfinal: Carrollton 3, LaSalle 2: Alexis Diaz-Silveira 2 goals, 1 assist, Mariann Alcantara, 1 goal, Annie Diaz-Silveira 1 assist.
• Region 4-4A quarterfinal: St. Thomas Aquinas 8, Terra Enviromental 0: Chloe O'neil , Milan Pierre-Jerome 2 goals each, Brooke Sanfillipo, Micaela Caliento, Morgan Armstrong, Shay Miedema 1 goal each. Kailey Homoky and Catherine Brinis with the shutout.
• Region 4-4A quarterfinal: Archbishop McCarthy 3, Doral Academy 0: McCarthy was led by Adriana Duque with two goals and Cassie Lawson with one. Jaden Roberts had an assist while keeper Jordyn Gifford recorded the shutout. McCarthy will travel to St. Thomas Aquinas Friday for a regional semifinal. AM: 21-1-2.
• District 15-9A semifinal: Lourdes 65, Southwest 39: Vazquez 17, Porras 12, Merdjane 12. Rebounds: Vazquez 4, Porras 4. Assists: Merdjane 3.
• District semifinal: Killian 46, South Dade 33: KIL: Tamia Grant 23, Tamara Grant 8, Johnson 5, Cannon 4, Bell 4, Schafer 2. SD: Pettway 16, Scott 6, Bailey 4, Pompey 3, Zephir 2. Rebounds: Bell 9. Steals: Tamara Grant 6, Tamia Grant 6. Assists: Bell 4. Blocks: Tamara Grant 2, Tamia Grant 2. Three ponters: Tamara Grant 2, Tamia Grant 2, Johnson. Half: KIL 24-12.
• District 14-5A semifinal: Monsignor Pace 64, IMater 9. MP: Daley 18, Troup-Bishop 8, Domond 8, Dolce 7, Cumbermack 6, Mercade 6, Whitfield 4, Loesh 4, Matthew 3. IM: Quinter 4, Nolasco 3, Williams 2. Rebouds: Dolce 7, Assists: Dolce 3, Troup-Bishop 3. Steals: Dolce 3. Half: MP:42-4.
• District 15-9A semifinal: Ferguson 75, Coral Gables 12. FER: (23-4): Laureano 13, Gonzalez 11, Hunter 10, Cruz 9, A. Rodriguez 8, Y. Rodriguez 8, Daniels 6, Terry 6, Ricardo 2, Cerchione 2. CG: Cruzata 4, Walton 4, Mendez 2, Cohen 2. Three pointers: Gonzalez 3, Y. Rodriguez 2, Cruz 1. Assists: Laureano 7. Rebounds: Terry 12. Steals: Laureano 6, Gonzalez 6. Blocks: Terry 5. Half: FER 45-2
• District semifinal: Krop 71, North Miami 42: Francois 29, Weingard 17, Hornstein 9,
Ali 6, S. Joseph 4, Walker 3, Mills 3. Rebounds: Francois 17. Steals: Francois 10. Three pointers: Weingard 2, Hornstein. Half: KR 40-12.
• District 16-8A semifinal: Mater 66, Reagan 13. MA (15-11): Novoa 10, Bradley 9, Bogle 8, Alicandu 7, Llanos 7, Aguilera 6, Ramirez 6, Alexander 5, Evins 2, Dalmau 2, Bowling 2. RR: Pettway 3, Cyuentes 5, Morales 2, Gabriel 2. Half: MA 40-6. Rebounds: Bowling 10, Bradley 10. Assists: Novoa 4. Steals: Evins 6. Three pointers: Bogle 2, Novoa 2, Pettway, Alexander, Llanos, Alicandu.
• District 5A-15 Quarterfinal: Ransom Everglades 63, LaSalle 32: RE: Quanstrom 36, Schatz 7, Lindsey 6, Castillo 4, Arnold 4, Weintraub 2, Muller-Kahle 2, Harris 2. LAS: Hernandez 14, Bevavides 8, Triay 3, Corvalan 3, Zambsano 2, Pliopa 2. Three Pointers: Hernandez 4, Quanstrom 2, Schatz, Triay, Corvalan. Rebounds: Quanstrom 14. Steals: Quanstrom 8. Assists: Schatz 4. Half: RE 48-12.
• District 14-9A semifinal: Miami High 57, Hialeah 17: MHS: Rodriguez 19, Bucknor 13, Gomez 8, Scott 6, Ward 5, Whitley 4, Cabanzon 2. HIA: Sweeting 12, Dominique 4, Bernard 2. Three pointers: Scott 2, Rodriguez 2, Ward. Assists: Gomez 5. Rebounds: Bucknor 7. Blocks: Bucknor 4. Steals: Scott 3.
•South Dade 60, Coral Park 20: Marc-Lipscomb 22, Gonzalez 10.
• Krop 68, Mourning 43: KR: Reid 17, Avin 13, Biton 10, Nemorin 7, Butler 6, Foo 5, Pierre 5, Sanchez 3, Angel 2. ATM: Rodriguez 8, Vanni 6, Phelimand 5, Thomas 5, Change 4, Sing 3, Desir 2, Collado 2. Rebounds: Reid 9.
• Braddock 65, Varela 55: BRAD (10-12): Simon 29, Penalver 18, Bensallam 8, Perez 4, Valdes 4, Allen 2. VAR: Abbate 15, LaRosa 13, Del Rio 12, Perez 8, Bouza 3, Lopez 2, Velasquez 2. Three pointers: LaRosa 4, Simon 3, Penalver 2, Bouza. Steals: Penalver 1, Allen 1, Simon 1, Valdes 1. Rebounds: Perez 8. Half: BRAD 32-30.
• GMAC semifinal: South Miami 81, North Miami 73: SM: T. Dean 26, Flenor 22, Cerphy 10, Rujuan 9, Hill 6, Damon 4, A. Dean 2, Mendendez 2. NM: Charles 15, Innocent 13, Hart 12, Lauren 12, Munestime 9, Guillame 8, Smith 4. Rebounds: Flenor 20. Assists: T. Dean 7. Steals: Cerphy 4. Blocks: Cerphy 2. Half: NM 39-37.
• Doral Academy 73, Schoolhouse Prep 40: DOR: R. Perez 27, Ayesa 15, K. Perez 10, Requena 9, Nuñez 6, Mercado 3. SP: Chorumenjjk 12, Santiago 11, Benitez 9, Pierre 5, Aguirre 2, Martinez 1. Three pointers: R. Perez 5, Requena 3, Ayesa 2, Mercado, Pierre, Santiago. Half: DOR 37-20.
Coral Park 13, Reagan 3: WP Maria Zamora 10 Ks, 1 BB. Jessica Reyes 2-3 2 Runs 1 RBI, Samantha Crespo 2-3 2 runs scored, 1 2B, Meghan Neto 2-4 2 RBI.
Belen – Cross-country: Josh Collins (Embry-Riddle); Coral Reef – Softball: Katarina Biox (St. Thomas), Janelle Boyd (South Florida State College), Danielle Boyd (South Florida State College), Jenna Mullet (Catham University); Soccer: Bianca Mandrini (Campbell), Christina Velasquez(FIU); Krop – Soccer: Ramiro Pillado Matheu (Nova Southeastern); Miami Country Day – Girls’ soccer: Amanda Martin (South Carolina); North Miami Beach – Girls’ basketball: Vernisha Robin(Southern Crescent Technical College); Scheck Hillel - Fencing: Esther Bonilla (Cornell); Westminster Christian – Girls’ soccer: Priscilla Hernandez(UM), Maite Gutierrez(Babson).
American Heritage – Tennis: Anya Gunewardena (John Hopkins), Ellen Ashley(San Diego State), Boys’ golf: Alberto Martinez (FSU); Girls’ basketball: Femi Funeus (Seton Hall); Swimming: Christian Kopecki (Seton Hall), Catharine Cooper (San Diego State), Nicholas Pacitti (Loyola of Maryland); Softball: Hannah Sipos (Florida), Marisa Soterakis (USC Upstate), Marley Felder (Brandeis); Boys’ lacrosse: Ryan Marek (St. Leo), Dante Cloutier (Montevallo), Dawson Fisher (Roanoke College); Baseball: Bailey Mantilla (UM), Cory Acton (Florida), Julio Cortez (USF), Matt Whitney (Broward College), Alfredo Soto (Tallahassee CC); Girls’ soccer: Tori Alfero (Villanova), Jeanel Leon (Stetson), Michele Lamorte (Columbus State); Archbishop McCarthy – Baseball: Daniel Paret (Stetson); Golf: Clinton Cooper (Ave Maria); Calvary Christian – Girls’ soccer: Aly Mielke (Purdue); Cardinal Gibbons - Girls Soccer: Ariela Beharry (Missouri), Alenna Lutchmansingh (Georgia Southern), Cammilla Abdulhafid (St. Thomas); Girls’ volleyball: Allison Galinat (Regis College); Rugby: Adam Budd (Arkansas State); Chaminade-Madonna - Baseball: Eric Bonkowski (Hartford); Golf: Valeria Pacheco (TCU); Baseball: Christopher Schoeller (Embry-Riddle), Wyatt Villella (Merrimack College); Cooper City – Baseball: Jimmy Michaels (Virginia State), Zach Ruebens (Oglethorpe); Softball: Rebeka Ehrenthal (St. Thomas), Kassandra Espinosa (Washington Adventist); Coral Springs Charter – Baseball: Deyron Rodriguez (Florida A&M); Softball: Gianna Boccagno (Boston College), Alyssa Laboy (FIU), Emily Estroff (Villanova); Soccer: Emilie Hitchcock (South Georgia State), Jordan Horacek (Longwood); Volleyball: Gwenyth Prenter (Mississippi College); Bowling: Crystal Singh (Tulane); Pine Crest – Baseball: Jared deFaria (Johns Hopkins), Jacob Solomon (Hartford); Crew: George Aloia (Syracuse); Diving: Lyle Hayes-Macaluso (Florida); Lacrosse: Tara Shecter (Princeton), Jacob Shiff (Haverford), Kennady Smith (Boston U.), Hutch Torregrosa (Babson); Rowing: Samantha Perlman (Michigan); Soccer: Karlie Pollock (Haverford), Skylar Pollock (Carnegie Mellon), Eva Spyredes (Cornell), Ryan Sullivan (Boston U.); Swimming: Nico Ferrara (Virginia), Annabella Lyn (Swarthmore Col.), Daniela Gomez (Swarthmore Col.); Track and field: Tony Bridges (Cornell); Volleyball: Shari Stenglein (Columbia); Sagemont – Girls’ volleyball: Carly Cohen (Pennsylvania), Valeria Castro (Miami-Dade College); Boys’ golf: Tyler Pham (Allegheny College), Baseball: Adrian Parker (Messiah College); Girls’ basketball: Taylor Lopez (Ave Maria); Girls’ equestrian: Sage Morris (Tennessee-Martin); St. Thomas Aquinas – Baseball: Eduardo Andres Antonini Prim (Pittsburgh), Eric Feller (Oglethorpe), Cade Fergus (George Washington), Richard Grund III (Fordham), Blake Hely (Davidson College), Wade Iben (Flagler College), Ryan Moore (Rollins), Caleb Roberts (North Carolina), Christopher Ruckdeschel (Clemson), Wesley White (Thomas Jefferson University); Basketball: Taniyah Pluviose (Rollins College), Joseph Talocka (Gettysburg College); Lacrosse: Christian Borodiak (Tampa), Noah Cash (Maryland), Kyle Gittelman (Jacksonville), Kevin Justice (Fairfield), Ryan Leahy (Washington College), Carson Lees (Tampa), Shane Lumsden (Young Harris), Nicolas Yovino (Furman), Morgan Lusk (U.S. Coast Guard Academy), Jada Preston (Gardner-Webb); Rugby: Justin Franzese (Arkansas State); Soccer: Andrew Besley (Lafayette), Matthias Myrtidis (Belmont Abbey), Morgan Armstrong (South Carolina), Micaela Caliento (Jacksonville State), Samantha Curtis (Huntingdon), Olivia Estevez (NC Asheville), Kailey Homoky (Iona College), Julieanna Matlack (Emerson College), Kayla McNamara (Emerson College), Chloe O’Neill (Villanova), Samantha Orlando (Emerson College); Softball: Gabriella Nori (Lehigh), Lauren Stansell (Caldwell); Swimming: Carlos Vasquez-Moreno (Penn State); Volleyball: Paula Cerame Rivera (Florida), Derry Costigan (Boston College), Maeghan Dolph(College of Charleston), Jada Gardner (Western Carolina); Water polo: Sabrina Hoffmeister (LaSalle); Somerset – Girls’ soccer: Kristina Santiago (Ave Maria); South Plantation – Baseball: Brandon Holifield (Illinois Tech); West Broward – Baseball: Danny Garcia (Stetson), Tyler Zayas (Santa Fe College); Soccer: Alexis Hanson (Buffalo State), Natalie Robayna (Nova Southeastern); Volleyball: Jose Gonzalez (Warner University); Westminster Academy – Girls’ soccer: Camryn Pagliaro (North Greenville College).