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Semifinals set for girls’ 3A-11 soccer

January 18, 2012
By JIM LINETTE ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

With one exception, the higher seeded team advanced Monday in the first round of the girls' District 3A-11 Tournament at North Fort Myers.

The lone exception is No. 5 seeded Lemon Bay overcame a 2-0 first-half deficit to knock off No. 4 seeded Cape Coral 3-2 in overtime.

Lemon Bay's reward is a spot in Wednesday's semifinals against top-seeded Mariner at 5:30 p.m. No. 2 seed North Fort Myers advanced with an 8-0 rout of Island Coast Monday and faces No. 3 seed South Fort Myers, an 8-0 winner over Cypress Lake, in the 7:30 p.m. semifinal.

Cape Coral seemed to have victory in its grasp Monday with a 2-0 lead in the 24th minute and still led 2-1 with less than two minutes left in the second half. With 1:40 remaining, Monica Kolb picked the ball out of a crowdnear midfield and broke behind Cape's defense for a one-on-one breakaway score to send the game into overtime.

The Manta Rays victimized the Seahawks again with 1:20 left in the extra 10-minute period. Nicole Mis gathered up a free 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.

"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."

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, including the game-winner in overtime, to extend its season at least one more game.

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.

"It was a mistake on defense," said Izquierdo. "Those things happen."

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 on goal in overtime.

The Seahawks finish the season 6-13.

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.

Lea Schneider came through with two goals for the Red Knights (14-4-1) 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 to make 31 saves.



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