North shuts out Barron Collier in Region 5A-3 girls soccer playoffs
While happy to advance, the North Fort Myers girls soccer team still left the field Tuesday night a bit subdued.
The Red Knights routed Barron Collier 7-0 in the first round of the Region 5A-3 playoffs, but may have lost sophomore Michelle Horan to injury.
Horan broke in on Cougars’ goalie Emily Rypina in the second half. Her shot was saved by Rypina, but she couldn’t hang onto the ball. Both players turned to chase the loose ball, with Rypina unintentionally tripping Horan.
Horan spent quite a while on the turf before being carted to the trainer’s table on the sideline. She would leave after the game, with her left leg wrapped from above her left knee down, in a cart to be taken to her parents’ car.
Before her departure, the entire team gathered around Horan for the post-game meeting.
“It’s hard for me to talk about right now,” Red Knights’ coach Nick Erickson said. “I don’t want to comment on it in terms of her injury.”
North Fort Myers was awarded a penalty kick on the play, with Makenzy Dupree scoring for the final goal of the night.
Horan assisted on three North goals prior to her injury.
“We were planning to work on something for about 15 minutes tactically,” Erickson said, “then make some adjustments. We sprung her, which is exactly what we wanted to do, and unfortnate stuff happens.
“It was nothing,” Erickson continued. (Rypina) “felt bad. I told her it wasn’t her fault. She was just going in, and Michelle wants to score goals. And then it was bang, bang and that was that.”
The Red Knights are home Friday for a regional semifinal match with third-seeded Clearwater Countryside, a 2-1 victor against New Port Richey River Ridge.
Barron Collier reached the playoffs after a season in a rugged District 5A-12, which earned four of the eight playoff spots in Region 5A-3. Estero emerged from 5A-12 as its champion and the top regional seed. Naples, third in points, entered the playoffs ranked fifth only because it didn’t win its district tournament.
Lely also made the field, but lost 6-0 to Estero in Tuesday’s first round. Naples ousted District 5A-10 champ Kissimmee Osceola 2-1 in overtime.
“That’s a fun district down there,” Erickson said. “Absolutely.”
However, for the second year in a row, Cougars’ coach Charles Shanks didn’t have his starting goalkeeper in the net to start regional play. Fill-in starter Katherine Dreyfuss struggled mightily, giving up four goals in 15 minutes before being replaced by Rypina.
The inexperienced goalie led to an own goal, which provided North Fort Myers a 1-0 lead.
Horan, whose crossing pass began the sequence leading to the own goal, assisted on the second North tally when Dupree scored the first of her two goals.
Dupree then set up Emilee Hauser’s goal, and Alexandra Spiller scored on a Horan assist.
Avery Utt’s goal made it 5-0 on another Horan assist. Before the first half ended, Taylor Metzger’s corner kick was blasted into the goal on a volley by Hailey Turner.
Dupree’s PK goal was the only score of the second half.
Horan’s injury visibly deflated the Red Knights in the final 37 minutes, but North still completed the 7-0 shutout.
Naples will be at Estero on Friday in the other semifinal.
Should North win Friday, the site of next Tuesday’s region final would depend on the Naples-Estero match. If Estero wins, it would host the final. Naples would have to come to North Fort Myers should those two teams be the semifinal winners.
Dunedin 2, Mariner 1, OT: There were no goals scored in regulation, but the Falcons got the better of the Tritons (12-7-2) in overtime.
Tampa Berkeley Prep 2, Bishop Verot 1: The Buccaneers grabbed a 2-0 lead at halftime, and the Vikings could only manage to cut the lead in half before the match ended. Bishop Verot ended the season 9-8-1 with a District 3A-8 title.
Bishop Verot 57, Neumann 52, 2OT: It took two extra periods for the Vikings (16-10) to oust the Celtics (7-17) and advance to the semifinals of the district tournament.
Canterbury 83, Oasis 45: The Cougars will be Bishop Verot’s opponent on Thursday. The game will be at Canterbury.
Evangelical Christian 5, Oasis 2: Winners in the season opener for the Sharks were Christian Lamadoe in singles, and the doubles team of Eric Feichthaler and John Vezzolo. Oasis faces Mariner on Thursday.
Lemon Bay 7, Mariner 0: The Tritons are home Thursday against Oasis. Singles: Enrique Subero (LB) d. Ralp Arvey Leyesa 6-0, 6-0; Matt Hutchinson (LB) d. Nathan Laws 6-1, 6-0; Cameron Laws (LB) d. Gage Franklin 6-1, 6-2; William Band (LB) d. Sergio Zarate 6-1, 6-1; Gray Lowder (LB) d. Dylan Franklin 6-0, 6-0. Doubles: Subero/Hutchinson d. Leyesa/Laws 8-3; Hinkle/Band d. Franklin/Zerate 8-5.
Mariner 6, Lemon Bay 1: The Tritons opened the year in grand style, dominating the Manta Rays. Singles: 1. Cydney Rentsch (M) 6-1, 6-0; 2. Elizabeth schum (LB) 6-1, 6-0; 3. Jennifer Martinez (M) 6-1, 6-0; 4 .Gianna Annarumma (M) 6-0, 6-0; 5. Kaab Khang (M) 6-0, 6-1 . Doubles — 1: Rentsch/Martinez (M) 9-7. 2: Perchall/Annarumma (M) 8-0.
Evangelical Christian 6, Oasis 1: Senior Alison Sieber and sophomore Annamarie Pommerehne won their doubles match for the Sharks. Oasis plays at Mariner on Thursday.