Mariner soccer caps regular season with big win
The Mariner girls soccer team capped an impressive season with a 1-0 win over Estero on Senior Night Tuesday evening.
The Tritons had to scrap and battle to earn their 12th victory (12-4-3) against an imposing Wildcat (10-2-2) club, the difference being a successful penalty kick conversion in minute 55 off the boot of junior Brooke Yount after senior captain Ariana Wilson was taken down inside of the penalty area.
“We knew it was going to be a hard-fought battle,” said Mariner head coach Jami Hagy. “Our seniors picked the game because they wanted to rise to the occasion. I’m really proud of them because we are so young (only two seniors), and so it’s really good to see and exciting to build on.”
Wilson and defenseman Natalia Flores are the only two seniors on a team flooded with underclassman talent.
“My two seniors mean the world to this team. They both fight so hard,” Hagy said.
The Tritons list only three juniors on their roster with the remaining girls being either a sophomore or freshman.
Along with Wilson being all over the field, freshman midfielder Ryleigh Acosta stood out on the night, constantly creating nifty sequences and opportunities. Sophomore Gloria Quintanilla also made her presence felt during the match.
“I’m excited,” Hagy said of the team’s young talent pool. “We’ve had a couple down years, and we were building. Now we’ve got all of these kids, and they just believe and are a fun group.”
The team now looks to the district playoff bracket. Their record will earn them the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye. Hagy said this year they’re looking for a bit of revenge.
“We want to get past Lemon Bay (10-5),” she said. “That stopped our season last year a little bit short of what we were trying to accomplish. I think the girls are ready, and they know what we’ve got to go do.”
The Tritons will next play on Feb. 4 against a to-be-determined opponent.
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