Soccer: Palm Beach Central girls advance to regional semifinal
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
by Matt Porter
The party kicked off early at Palm Beach Central.
As the second-ranked Broncos scored three times in the first half of a Class 5A regional quarterfinal against West Boca Raton, a crowd of 30 Central students - mostly baseball players - got hyped up.
When Central (19-1) finished a 4-0 win, they turned the parking lot into a party: blasting hip hop from a pickup truck, dancing with Central players, and celebrating like they'd won a World Cup.
They oohed and aahed throughout the game over senior Yulie Lopez, the Florida State-bound forward with a vast array of dazzling moves. She scored a goal and had two assists, and West Boca simply couldn't contain her.
"We did our best," West Boca coach Hassan Jaddaoui said. The next team to try is Boca Raton, whom Central will face in Saturday's regional semifinal.
In last year's quarters against Central, West Boca scored early and sewed up a neat 4-1 win. This year was the opposite: leading 3-0 at the half, Central pulled an extra defender back. The Broncos held the Bulls to just one shot in the final 40 minutes. West Boca had seven shots in the first half, but no quality chances.
"I'm proud of that, to be that dominant defensively," Central coach Tom Dawkins said. "That team destroyed us last year."
Last year, the Broncos didn't have Lopez, who was on her way to a state title with American Heritage. After transferring to Central, she broke the school record in goals (38) and helped the Broncos set a new record in wins.
Just two minutes in, Lopez blew past a Bulls defender and chased down a ball that was headed out of bounds. She threaded a ball to the middle, where sophomore Amber Agrillo slammed it home past West Boca keeper Jenna Ornstein (seven saves).
In the 16th minute, Agrillo chipped it to Lopez in the box. She pulled wide, shot against the grain and scored her area-best 46th goal of the year.
Junior midfielder Alyse Hausman scored in the 35th minute. With six minutes left, Lopez set up freshman Aubrey Megrath, who tucked it inside the near post for the final goal.
Apopka 3, Centennial 0: The Eagles fell to the Blue Darters in Apopka.
Boca Raton 4, Wellington 1: Mariella Marasco had a goal and an assist and Olivia Duval, Nikki Dimauro and Taylor Centineo each added a goal to lead the Bobcats (19-3-1) over the Wolverines in Boca Raton.
South Fork 3, Melbourne Viera 2 (OT): Jody LaMaster scored two goals, helping the Bulldogs (21-1) edge the Hawks in Stuart. Lorie Scott added a goal, Alissa Klisus added two assists and Christie Funk contributed 11 saves for the Bulldogs, who will face Melbourne in Saturday's semifinals.
Melbourne 8, Martin County 0: The Tigers were shut down by the Bulldogs in Melbourne.
Jensen Beach 5, Fort Lauderdale-Archbishop McCarthy 3: Jackie Byers and Sarah Stewart each had a goal and an assist, leading the Falcons (13-8-2) past the Mavericks in Jensen Beach. Julianna Rubin had 15 saves for the Falcons, who advance to Saturday's regional semifinals, where they will face Plantation-American Heritage.
Plantation-American Heritage 8, Suncoast 0: The Patriots rolled over the Chargers in Plantation.
Benjamin 4, Sarasota-Cardinal Mooney Catholic 0: Katie O'Hare scored three goals and Kali Chaplin added a goal and two assists as the Buccaneers (19-0-1) won in Palm Beach Gardens. The Buccaneers will face Cardinal Newman in Saturday's regional semifinals.
Cardinal Newman 2, Fort Myers-Bishop Verot 0: Jodi Bronstein had two goals, Lexi Gonzalez added two assists and Mickey Agnello tallied four saves as the Crusaders (9-9-1) shut down the Vikings in Fort Myers.
American Heritage 3, Fort Lauderdale-Cardinal Gibbons 1: Hannah Coy, Sarah Coy and Taylor Pak each scored a goal as the Stallions (21-0-1) defeated the Chiefs in Delray Beach.
Boca Raton Christian 4, Fort Lauderdale-Westminster Academy 3: Trailing 3-1 at halftime, Gabby Hurtado scored three goals in the span of five minutes to help the Blazers (9-10-1) rally past the Warriors in Boca Raton. Hurtado also had an assist and Stephanie Fonfeca contributed a goal for the Blazers, who will face Fort Lauderdale-South Florida HEAT in Saturday's semifinals.
Fort Lauderdale-South Florida HEAT 8, Yeshiva 0: The Storm were shut down by the Heat in Fort Lauderdale.
Melbourne Central Catholic 4, Trinity Christian 3: Tori Hamel, Carlie Frullo and Suka Van Gurp each scored goals, but the Warriors (13-7) couldn't overcome a 4-0 deficit and fell to the Hustlers in Lake Worth.
Melbourne-Holy Trinity 3, Lake Worth Christian 2 (2OTs): Tiffany Anderson and Kaylie Henstreet each scored a goal, but the Defenders (12-9-2) fell to the Tigers in double overtime in Melbourne.
Port St. Lucie 2, Royal Palm Beach 1 (2OT): Dennis Hall and Kevin Marquez both scored a goal and Jesus Garcia had 16 saves as the North second-seeded Jaguars (13-3-6) edged the South top-seeded Wildcats (22-2) in Royal Palm Beach. Brandon Broadwell scored the lone goal for Royal Palm Beach. Port St. Lucie will face Martin County in Friday's district championship.
Martin County 8, Palm Beach Lakes 0: The North top-seeded Tigers dominated South third-seeded Rams in Royal Palm Beach.