Soccer: Benjamin girls win district championship
Friday, January 18, 2013
by Matt Porter
Fourth-ranked Benjamin left no doubt and Cardinal Newman no chance, scoring four times in the first 16 minutes en route to a 5-1 rout of the Crusaders in the District 12-2A championship Friday night in Palm Beach Gardens.
In its first regional appearance in two years and fifth overall, Benjamin (18-0-1) will host Sarasota-Cardinal Mooney at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Newman (8-9-1) will travel to play Fort Myers-Bishop Verot.
It's also first district title since 2005 for the Buccaneers, who didn't flinch from contact and constantly beat the Crusaders one-on-one.
Newman had plenty of speed, but couldn't match the Bucs' muscle.
Four minutes in, Benjamin senior forward Kali Chaplin scored her first of two goals off a pass from freshman midfielder Kylie Borislow. Once play restarted, coach Ed Chaplin, her father, was heard imploring his team to be wary of Newman's response.
"They're going to be relentless," he warned.
They heard him. In the 12th, freshman Naomi Kaslow scored off a set-up from crafty sophomore forward Katie O'Hare. A minute later, O'Hare was on the board thanks to a gorgeous through-ball from sophomore midfielder Giovanna Giraldo. In the 16th, Chaplin's shot trickled through Newman freshman goalkeeper Mickey Aguello (four saves).
O'Hare made it 5-0 in the 65th minute, set up by Chaplin and freshman midfielder Kylie Borislow (three assists).
In the 70th minute, a handball inside the box gave Newman a penalty kick, and its best scoring chance. Senior Erika Megrath beat Bucs sophomore keeper Gabi Aguirre (seven saves).
Crusaders coach Gabriel Gusman, whose team tied Benjamin 4-4 in November, felt the teams were relatively equal despite the result.
"We kind of fell in the first minute, headfirst," Gusman said. "We kind of lost it."
No. 3 Boca Raton 2, No. 6 West Boca Raton 1: Olivia Duval and Keely Esclante each scored a goal to help the top-seeded Bobcats (18-3-1) edge the second-seeded Bulls in the final in Boca Raton.
No. 2 Palm Beach Central 6, Wellington 1: Yulie Lopez scored two goals and Amanda Torres and Andrea Delgado each added a goal to help the top-seeded Broncos (18-1) roll over the third-seeded Wolverines in Wellington.
South Fork 2, Martin County 1 (2OTs): Jody LeMaster scored a goal in regulation off an assist from Alissa Klisus, and Klisus scored the winning goal in double-overtime as the top-seeded Bulldogs edged the second-seeded Tigers in the final.
Jensen Beach 3, Suncoast 1: Jackie Byers had two goals and Amanda Fote added a goal and an assist to lead the top-seeded Falcons (12-8-2) over the third-seeded Chargers in the final in Jensen Beach.
No. 1 American Heritage 4, Coconut Creek-North Broward Prep 1: Sarah Coy scored three goals and Susana Espinoza added another to lead the top-seeded Stallions (20-0-1) to the rout of the second-seeded Eagles in the final in Boca Raton.
Trinity Christian 1, Lake Worth Christian 0: Toni Hamel scored the game-winning goal in the 57th minute to help the second-seeded Warriors (13-6) edge the fourth-seeded Defenders to secure their first District 12-1A title.
No. 4 Royal Palm Beach 1, Suncoast 0: Kyle Edmonds scored the only goal and Camilo Casonova earned the shutout as the Wildcats (21-1) edged the Chargers in Riviera Beach.
Treasure Coast 1, No. 7 Jupiter 0: Avery Inniss scored a goal off an assist by Victor Rodrigues as the Titans (9-4-1) topped the Warriors (9-4-2) in Jupiter.
Benjamin 2, Coconut Creek-North Broward Prep 1: Rudy Zindel scored both goals and Kode Ruedisili had eight saves as the Buccaneers (16-0-2) edged the Eagles in Coconut Creek.
Boca Raton Christian 2, Oxbridge Academy 0: Tanner MacArthur had 11 saves, but the Thunderwolves (10-7) fell to the Blazers in Boca Raton.
King's Academy 3, Pompano Beach-Highlands Christian 0: Pedro Ojeda scored two goals and Lucas DaSilva added another as the Lions (15-5) stopped the Knights in Pompano Beach.
Dreyfoos 4, Summit Christian 0: Rami Retes hat trick and Abbot Schrotenboer had six saves to earn his first save as the Jaguars (4-11-1) stopped the Saints in West Palm Beach.