Friday's girls soccer roundup
Friday, January 21, 2011
Palm Beach Post Staff Reports
Before the season started, West Boca Raton was the consensus choice for the area's best team, and its top player was senior Tatiana Coleman.
Nothing has changed since then.
The versatile Coleman scored a hat trick, giving the unbeaten, top-ranked Bulls a 3-1 win over second-seeded Wellington and their fourth consecutive District 15-5A title.
"This is just one of the many milestones," Bulls coach Hassan Jaddaoui said.
The teams move on to the Class 5A regional quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Thursday. West Boca (17-0-1) will play host to Fort Lauderdale-Nova. Wellington (16-4-3) will travel to Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas.
Coleman, who is choosing between Miami, Central Florida, Kentucky and Auburn to play next season and had a coach watching her from the stands, made it easy to forget her team's conservative play in a scoreless first half.
"I told my team at halftime, as soon as we get one, we'll get two, and three, and four," Coleman said.
Five minutes into the second half, the Bulls put together a string of quick passes at midfield before Coleman finished it from 30 yards. Three minutes later, she took a crossing pass from senior Alexi Zaremba and paused, then placed a high shot that eluded Wellington keeper Brianna Nardi (eight saves).
At 64:12, Coleman set up for a penalty kick after she was hauled down on a breakaway. She waited for the keeper to relax, then tapped it home.
"I try not to think about it too much. When I see an open spot, it kind of just blinks at me and I put it there," she said.
Wellington freshman Darby Bach added a late goal, but her team couldn't sustain pressure.
"They know how to finish games," Wolverines coach Wilmer Diego said of West Boca. "And they have Tatiana Coleman, who's the player that makes a difference."
- Matt Porter
No. 3 Boca Raton 2, Palm Beach Central 0: Jamie Perriello scored a goal on an assist from Molli Glickman to give the Bobcats (21-2-2) the district title in Boynton Beach. Merrissa Vault scored the other goal for Boca Raton.
No. 9 South Fork 1, Martin County 0: Alisa Klisus scored off an assist by Kelly Scott with 12 minutes remaining and Briana Campbell earned her 12th shutout of the season as the Bulldogs edged the Tigers in Sebastian.
Lincoln Park Academy 1, Suncoast 0: Marissa Kiernan scored on a penalty kick to help the Greyhounds (14-7-1) edge the Chiefs (15-7-1) in Jensen Beach.
St. Andrew's 1, Cardinal Newman 0: Cristina Ramirez scored the game's lone goal to help the top-seeded Scots (8-6-3) edge the second-seeded Crusaders (12-5-2) in West Palm Beach. Catalina Perez made 12 saves to earn the shutout for St. Andrew's.
No. 2 American Heritage 5, No. 10 Pope John Paul II 0: Yulie Lopez had two goals and two assists and Karina Rodriguez added a goal and two assists as the top-seeded Stallions (20-3-1) rolled past the second-seeded Eagles in Delray Beach.
No. 6 King's Academy 2, No. 8 Benjamin 0: Monique Belanger scored both goals and goalkeeper Rachel Spell had four saves for her ninth shutout of the season as the Lions (17-6-1) beat the Buccaneers (14-3-2) in Palm Beach Gardens. Alana Dresner had 11 saves in goal for the Bucs.