The Cape Coral Seahawks seemed to have victory in their grasp Monday afternoon when they took a 2-0 lead on Lemon Bay in the first round of the District 3A-11 Tournament at North Fort Myers. As it turned out, there was too much time left on the clock to maintain the lead.
Junior Laura Holloway scored from 25 yards in front of the goal in the 24th minute to give the Seahawks that 2-0 lead.
Lemon Bay refused to give up, scoring three unanswered goals to claim a 3-2 victory in overtime.
"We gave up a little at the end," said Seahawks coach Max Izquierdo. "I think the girls were confident, but got tired. Still, it was a great effort for our girls. When you go into overtime a lot can happen."
The Manta Rays were guilty of being offsides three times in the first five minutes of overtime. They also had two corner kick opportunities rejected by the Seahawks.
Nicole Mis picked up a loose ball near midfield, headed up the middle of the field with Seahawk defenders in hot pursuit. Mis went one-on-one against goalkeeper Payton Dilallo and delivered the game-winning shot inside the left post with 1:20 left in the extra period.
"It was a mistake on defense," said Izquierdo. "Those things happen."
So was the tying goal with 1:40 remaining in regulation. Monica Kolb picked the ball out of a crowd and broke behind Cape's defense for a one-on-one score after a long dribble from near midfield.
Dilallo finished with seven saves and got help from the crossbar and the posts on three occasions.
A handball inside the box gave the Seahawks a penalty kick in just the seventh minute of the game. Emily Daniels converted the chance for a 1-0 lead. Holloway almost scored in the 10th minute on a direct kick that hit the crossbar. She came back a few minutes later to score Cape's second and final goal.
The Seahawks never got a shot on goal in the second half and just one wild shot. They had one failed shot at the goal in overtime.
The Seahawks finish the season 6-13. Lemon Bay advances to Wednesday's semifinals at 5:30 p.m. against top-seeded Mariner.
Also in first-round games Monday, South Fort Myers advanced with an 8-0 rout of Cypress Lake. The Wolfpack meets No. 2-seed North Fort Myers in the other semifinal at 7:30 p.m.
North Fort Myers 8, Island Coast 0: Sophomore Darian Leschewski knocked in four goals and had two assists to lead North to a mercy-rule victory over Island Coast, ending it just 12 minutes into the second half.
The win sends the second-seeded Red Knights (14-4-1) into the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday against No. 3 seed South Fort Myers.
Lea Schneider came through with two goals while Katie Traurig and Rebecca Watson each scored once. Taylor Pascal added one assist.
North goalkeeper Amy Pavy did not make a save while Gators keeper Sydni Brookhouser had 31 saves.