Mariner boys soccer team blanks Fort Myers, 4-0
It wasn’t quite the usual Mariner boys soccer game Friday.
Leo Perez didn’t have a hat trick for the first time this season. In fact, Perez only scored once.
But the end result was the same,
The Tritons blanked Fort Myers 4-0 on Friday, heading into a Thanksgiving break with a 5-0-0 record.
Mariner still hasn’t given up a goal this season.
Perez, who will be playing his soccer for Navy next year, has 13 goals in the Tritons’ first five games.
Along with his goal on Friday, he had an assist on Jason Arias’s first goal.
Arias scored twice, once in each half, and assisted on Esteban Orjuela’s goal.
“That’s a good win against a tough team,” Mariner coach Martin Cardenas said. “They’re always very physical, and have good size and good speed.”
The Tritons led 1-0 in the first half despite having the ball in Fort Myers’s end most of the half. The Green Wave (2-1-1) concentrated on Perez, usually having two players (but sometimes three or four) covering him like a blanket.
Nicholas Degen made four saves for the Green Wave in the first half. One he didn’t make was waved off, turning a Mariner goal into an offsides call.
“They actually put us in a little bit of a tough spot in the first half,” Cardenas said. “They decided to pressure us, and it worked well for them. We had to adjust to it a little bit at halftime by playing a little quicker.”
Things stayed right where they were until exactly 20 minutes remained, when Orjuela took a feed from Arias and fired it past Degen for a 2-0 Mariner lead.
“I think once we got the second goal things loosened up,” Cardenas said.
One water break and 59 seconds of playing time later, Arias scored again to make it 3-0.
Perez’s goal ended the night’s scoring.
Junior Ochoa got the start in goal for Mariner, and was in for most of the night. However, he was called for a yellow card — plowing into Fort Myers’s Blake Smith going for a loose ball — and Caleb Corson had to come in cold to face a direct kick. Corson made the save, one of the rare chances Fort Myers had at the Mariner goal.
“Our guys, the thing they need to work on is getting in rhythm,” Cardenas said. “Once they get in a rhythm, flying around and moving around. In the first half there were opportunities that we missed. So we got out of rhythm.”
While the Tritons will get some practice in over the next week, the players will get a chance to rest up after playing three games this past week.
And they’ll get to eat a Thanksgiving dinner. Cardenas had little hope that his players wouldn’t over-eat.
“We’ve got to let them be kids.”
The next match for Mariner will be Dec. 3 at home against Desoto County.
North Fort Myers 4, Dunbar 0: Jose Vera, Garrett Palow and Brandon Bush had a goal and an assist each for the Red Knights (1-4). Daniel Jaquiss had the fourth North goal, and Luke Drivick contributed an assist. Logan Wolfe got the shutout win in goal. North dropped Dunbar to 1-3.
Estero 4, Cape Coral 2: Cape suffered its first loss of the season (4-1-1). The Seahawks are off until Dec. 2 at Riverdale.
Evangelical Christian 2, Oasis 1: The Sharks fell to 1-3, while ECS got its first win (1-2-1). Oasis’s next match is Dec. 5 at South Fort Myers.
Gulf Coast 48, Bishop Verot 33: The Sharks are 2-0 on the season, while the Vikings are 0-2. Verot is home against Oasis on Dec. 2.
Mariner 60, South Fort Myers 18: The Tritons evened their record to 1-1. Mariner plays Wednesday at Barron Collier.
Island Coast 51, East Lee County 44: A fourth-quarter surge lifted the Gators (1-1) to the road victory. Island Coast outscored the Jaguars 15-4 in the final period. The Gators are home Monday against Bonita Springs.
Lely 73, Ida Baker 18: The 3-0 Trojans dropped Baker to 0-3. The Bulldogs’ next game is Dec. 3 at Cape Coral.
Mariner 8, Port Charlotte 0: Make it four hat tricks in four games for U.S. Naval Academy commit Leo Perez, giving him 12 goals on the season. The Tritons also posted their fourth shutout. Sean Paul Negron scored twice, and Jason Arias, Santi Guerrero and Marcel Tovar added goals as well. Mariner is home against Fort Myers today.
Island Coast 3, Dunbar 1: The Gators earned their first win of the season (1-3) and evened their District 5A-11 mark at 1-1. Island Coast is idle until Dec. 2 against Gateway Charter.
Cape Coral 3, Cypress Lake 1: The Seahawks are 4-0-1, including 2-0 in District 5A-11. Cape Coral has tournament games scheduled for today and Saturday.
Lehigh 3, North Fort Myers 1: Freshman Daniel Jaquiss scored for the Red Knights (0-3, 0-1 District 5A-11). After a Thanksgiving break, North travels to Riverdale on Dec. 4.
Bishop Verot 8, Seacrest Country Day 0: The Vikings are 1-1-1 with the victory. Bishop Verot plays Fort Myers on Dec. 3.
Dunbar 9, Island Coast 1: Island Coast (0-4) faces Gateway Charter on Dec. 2.
North Fort Myers 8, South Fort Myers 0: Emilee Hauser scored four times to lead North (4-0, 3-0 District 5A-11). Michelle Horan had two goals, Hannah Billhorn and Taylor Metzger a goal and an assist each, Makenzy Dupree made two assists, and Alexa Lara and Emily Guzman each contributed an assist. North has outscored its opponents 24-1. The Red Knights are off until Dec. 3, when they travel to Riverdale.
Lely 46, Cape Coral 43: The Seahawks are off to a slow start, having lost their first two games of the season. Cape Coral travels to Port Charlotte on Monday.
Community School of Naples 42, Oasis 33: The Sharks (3-1) fell for the first time this season, while CSN remained perfect (3-0). Oasis is home Dec. 2 against Bishop Verot.