Boys soccer: Boca Raton handles Wellington
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
by Steve Dorsey
Nationally ranked Boca Raton strolled to another victory Wednesday night, but Bobcats coach Marcello Castillo had mixed feelings about his team's 3-0 win against visiting Wellington in the quarterfinals of the Class 5A regional playoffs.
The win advanced Boca Raton (23-2) to a matchup at home against Palm Beach Gardens in the regional semifinals Saturday night. That pleases Castillo, but the eighth-year Bobcats coach expressed concern that his team did not consistently play with the intensity of a team ranked No. 4 in the latest national coaches poll.
"We got a goal early and we kind of took the foot off the gas pedal," Castillo said. "Credit Wellington, they're a good, scrappy team, but we have a lot of little things to work on."
Senior forward Matt Laux gave Boca Raton a 1-0 lead when he scored eight minutes into the match. Laux handled a perfectly placed pass from senior Hunter Bandy and pushed the ball past Wellington goalkeeper Nicholas Gomez, who moments earlier had stopped a Boca Raton rush with one of his six saves.
That score stood until about two minutes before the end of the first half when Bandy drilled a shot into the net from about 15 yards out to give Boca Raton a 2-0 lead.
"We were lucky they didn't tie us," Castillo said of Wellington, which just missed on a potential game-tying shot midway through the first half. "
Boca Raton outshot Wellington (11-8-2) 24-4 and sealed the victory in the 62nd minute when Laux scored again, this time on an assist from junior midfielder Carlos Pestana.
Boca Raton's only losses this season have been to nationally ranked out-of-state teams, but Castillo warned his squad that Palm Beach Gardens will look to become the first Florida team to knock off the Bobcats on Saturday.
"It was very methodical," Castillo said of the win against the Wolverines. "It was like we were kind of going through the motions. Hopefully, it's out of our system."
Palm Beach Gardens 1, John I Leonard 0: Mario Castanella scored the only goal to lead the Gators (10-9-2) over the Lancers in Boca Raton.
Ocoee 1, Treasure Coast 0: The Titans were shut down by the Knights in Ocoee.
Martin County 1, Melbourne 0: Rielee Mohsin scored the only goal and Matt DiNenna had 12 saves, helping the Tigers (18-3-3) edge the Bulldogs in Melbourne. The Tigers will face Sebastian River in Saturday's regional semifinals.
Sebastian River 5, Port St. Lucie 1: The Jaguars fell to the Sharks in Port St. Lucie.
American Heritage-Plantation 5, Okeechobee 3: Daniel Rodriguez scored three goals, but the Brahmans (9-8-2) fell to the Patriots in Plantation.
Pembroke Pines Charter 4, Boynton Beach 1: Ryan Bazil scored a goal, but the Tigers (14-2-3) fell to the Jaguars (19-5) in Boynton Beach.
American Heritage 3, Fort Lauderdale-Cardinal Gibbons 2: Emanuel Perez scored the game-winning goal with two seconds remaining to lift the Stallions (19-5-4) over the Chiefs in Fort Lauderdale. Greg Joseph and Austin Mills each scored a goal for the Stallions, and Nicholas Martinez had two assists. The Stallions will play at Coconut Creek-North Broward Prep in Saturday's regional semifinals.
Fort Myers-Bishop Verot 3, King's Academy 2: Austin Masi scored two goals, but the Lions (18-6) fell to the Vikings in West Palm Beach.
LaBelle 2, Benjamin 1: Mac Ross scored a goal, but the Buccaneers (17-2-2) fell to the Cowboys in LaBelle.
Trinity Christian 8, Vero Beach-St. Edward's 0: Gerritson Craane had four goals and two assists and Darren Seferina added two goals and an assist, leading the Warriors (19-0) to the rout of the Pirates in Lake Worth. Trinity will play host to Melbourne Central Catholic at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the regional semifinals.
Melbourne Central Christian 3, Jupiter Christian 1: Lawson Lindsey scored a goal, but the Eagles fell to the Hustlers in Melbourne.
Miami-Posnack 3, Yeshiva 1: Donni Fixler scored a goal, but the Storm (13-4-1) lost in Davie.
Benjamin 1, St. Petersburg Catholic 0: Kylie Borislow scored the game-winning goal with two minutes remaining on an assist from Katie O'Hare and Gabi Aguirre and Jenna Keller combined for nine saves as the Buccaneers (21-0-1) edged the Barons in the Class 2A regional final in St. Petersburg late Tuesday. The Bucs will play at Miami-Gulliver Prep in the state semifinals at 3:30 p.m. Friday.