Mariner's girls' soccer team did not let the disappointment of having their 12-game winning streak broken linger and fester. They started a new winning streak within 24 hours.
"We started a new streak and I hope it goes for a long time," said Tritons coach Lisa Schwarz. "We were making our passes and clicking as a team tonight. The girls were determined to start a new streak."
It helped that the Tritons were facing an inferior team in Golden Gate at Tony McKenna Field Wednesday night, one day after Fort Myers broke the Tritons' streak 5-1.
Freshman Holly Fritz turned in a hat trick Wednesday night to lead the Tritons back into the win column with an 8-0 mercy-rule romp past the Titans.
Fritz also had three assists to go with her three goals. Alejandra Muro-Solis and Sam Kirby contributed two goals apiece and Emily DiRoma added one goal. Junior Megan Fritz collected three assists while goalkeeper Marisa Cardenas did not have to make a save to record the shutout, their 10th on the season.
Schwarz, in her first season coaching the Tritons, has instilled a new attitude and pride in the players.
"I don't know much about last year, but I wanted to start fresh," said Schwarz. "We go out to win every game, stay determined. I won't accept less than that."
Schwarz said she gives the girls an on-field to-do list for every game. Some goals to shoot for.
"They usually check them all off," said Schwarz. "We take every game just as serious."
Several Tritons who were on the team last season are playing or learning new positions.
"As a whole, they are playing where they are used the most. This is a team sport, so it's what is best for the team."
The Tritons (13-2-2) host their Tritons Invitational next Thursday with the first of several games starting at 8 a.m.
Mariner 1, Golden Gate 0: The Mariner Tritons got an unusual walk-off victory courtesy of Golden Gate Wednesday night at Tony McKenna Field.
When the Titans walked off the field with eight minutes remaining, and boarded the bus for the long ride home, the Tritons picked up their 12th win of the season.
"I've never run into that before," said Tritons coach Martin Cardenas. "That team lacks character from the top down. I guess they are used to going undefeated, but they couldn't figure out how to break through and beat us."
The Tritons took a 1-0 lead in the 33rd minute of the first half. Travis Pacheco was running down a free ball close to the goal and tumbled to the ground when the Titans' goalkeeper took his legs out from under him without securing the ball. A penalty kick was awarded the Tritons.
Senior Tim Thomas got a two-for-one special, blasting the PK to the keeper's left. The ball caromed off the keeper back toward Thomas, who then buried it inside the left post for the game-winner. The rest of the game was played with the Tritons pressuring nearly every pass and penetration by the Titans from deep in the defensive zone to deep in the offensive zone.
"We pride ourselves on being in shape," said Cardenas. "We played excellent defense and counter attack as much as we can. This was not our strongest lineup tonight. We had two guys out, but I am happy with our effort."
The Tritons got off a total of six shots on goal with one finding the net. The Titans took seven shots, all saved by Mariner keeper Jacob Olmstead, including five in the second half as the Titans became desperate to score.
Then, with eight minutes remaining, the Tritons stopped a Titans' advance into the offensive zone with Pacheco reversing the play up the sideline in front of the team benches. He was tripped up and officials issued a yellow card to the offending Titan.
During the lengthy substitution and Pacheco being attended to before play resumed, Titans coach Dwight Morgan shouted to officials about a yellow card. Officials slapped Morgan with a yellow card, and then a red card. Morgan then pulled his team off the field.
That defense included superb play by Isaiah Romano, Tobie Lara, Justin Kuchle, Isaias Velasquez and at times Tyler Till and Josh Teeter. They used superior speed to repeatedly beat the Titans to free balls on the wings and in the middle, turning offensive surges in the opposite direction.
The Tritons (12-2-2) host their six-team Triton Invitational next Thursday starting at 8 a.m.
Barron Collier 53, Mariner 39: The Mariner Tritons hit a big pothole in the first half and trailed 27-12 at halftime in Wednesday night's loss at Barron Collier.
By the time the Tritons fixed the flat and got rolling, it was too late.
The Tritons (7-2) take on Miami Norland at 4:15 p.m. Saturday at Bishop Verot in the Sunshine Series of the City of Palms Classic.
Mariner 7 5 14 13 - 39
B.Collier 16 11 13 12 - 53
MARINER 39 - Moore 5, Minto 9, Hunter 10, Blissett 2, Ferrara 13. Totals: 17 1-2 39. 3PG: Moore 1, Hunter 2, Ferrara 1.
COLLIER 53 - Clark 25, Barcel 4, hayes 4, Tormey 5, Nealon 8, Woods 2, McElroy 3. Totals: 19 13-15 53. 3PG: Nealon 1, McElroy 1.