The Cape Coral Seahawks battled the Estero Wildcats down to the final seconds, literally, before pulling out a 2-1 victory in boys' soccer Monday night.
Cape's Kevin Lopera bent a corner kick around the near post without hitting anyone to score the game-winner. Within a few seconds of the ensuing kickoff, the clock ran out.
"That was a very young, talented team (Estero)," said Seahawks coach Aldo Nardiello. "Very quick. They survived our scoring opportunities and kept us on our heels a bit."
Ida Baker’s Jordan Pinto (13) advances the ball Saturday against American Heritage. The Bulldogs were beaten 8-0. More photos are available online at: cu.cape-coral-daily-breeze.com.
The Seahawks broke the scoreless tie late in the first half when Juan Cano teamed up with Jordan Taylor. Cano took a pass from Taylor and fired a shot from the corner of the box for the initial goal.
The Wildcats came back to tie it in the second half and it appeared the teams would settle for a tie before Lopera's unassisted game-winner.
The Seahawks (3-0) host Ida Baker Thursday night.
North Fort Myers 10, Dunbar 2: Junior Eric Carruega scored seven goals to propel North Fort Myers to victory over Dunbar.
Carruega now has 15 goals in the first three games of the season. North (3-0) does not play again until Monday at Cape Coral.
Cypress Lake 9, Island Coast 1: Cypress Lake pounded Island Coast Monday.
Barry Bonet scored the Gators' lone goal. It came in the first half and brought the Gators within 4-1 at the time.
The Panthers finished it off in the second half. Gators goalkeeper Stephen Smutney made 11 saves.
The Gators (0-3) open District 3A-12 action Tuesday night at LaBelle.
American Heritage 8, Ida Baker 0: American Heritage wasted little time in gaining control of Saturday's match with the Bulldogs at Ida Baker. The Patriots' first five shots all found the net in a shutout victory over the Bulldogs.
"It was a very clean game," said Bulldogs coach Mark Fitzpatrick. "They were a very efficient machine."
The Patriots' eighth goal ended the game 10 minutes into the second halff on the mercy rule.
The Bulldogs (2-1) lost two players to injury during the game and a third was nursing a sore back.
The Bulldogs play at East Lee County Tuesday and Cape Coral Thursday.
Mariner 42, Gateway Charter 31: Mariner opened the season with a victory at Gateway Charter, led in scoring by Kyla Taylor's 14 points. Anna McClure chipped in with eight points while Mariella Bono, Danielle O'Connor and Safiya Gibbs contributed six points apiece.
The Tritons (1-0) play at Riverdale Tuesday night.
Mariner10 9 16 7 - 42
Gateway 4 10 7 10 - 31
Bishop Verot 48, Cape Coral 29: Bishop Verot built a 23-13 lead by halftime en route to a victory over Cape Coral in the season opener Monday.
Camary Williams led the Seahawks with 11 points and Cassie Griffin added 7.
Cape (0-1) hosts South Fort Myers Wednesday.
Cape Coral 7 6 11 5 - 29
B. Verot 13 10 13 12 - 48
Cape 29 - Williams 11, Griffin 7, Brice 4, Townsend 5, Smart 2. Totals: 11 5-15 29.
3-point goals: Williams 1, Griffin 1.
Verot 48 - Mulles 9, Kramer 15, Norton 14, Ward 2, Cypher 8. Totals: 14 14-19 48.
3-point goals: Mulles 3, Kramer 1, Norton 1, Cypher 1.
North Fort Myers 9, Dunbar 0: The Red Knights continued their early season scoring assault with their third straight mercy rule victory Monday night.
Hannah Hamilton led the Knights with three goals. She got support from Melinda Lukas with two goals and one each by Alex Smith, Katie Traurig, Darian Leschewski and Amy Pavy.
Goalkeeper Brianna Abatisti dis not face any shots on goal to record her third shutout win.
The Knights (3-0), who have outscored three opponents 34-0, play at Estero Tuesday night.
Cypress Lake 8, Island Coast 0: It took 64 minutes for Cypress Lake to invoke the mercy rule on Island Coast.
Goalkeeper Hayley Hood made 21 saves for the Gators (0-4), who play at LaBelle Tuesday night.
Class 2A State Meet: Sophomore Sean O'Connor of Ida Baker claimed fourth place in boys' diving at the state meet in Orlando, the only Lee County diver to place in the event.
O'Connor, who also swims the freestyle sprint events for the Bulldogs, qualified for the state meet by winning the district diving title after also winning the LCAC title.
Cape Coral's Olivi Langford placed fifth in the girls' 500-yard freestyle and seventh in the girls' 200 freestyle events.