Facing a stiff wind with a chilly bite to it Thursday night, the Ida Baker Bulldogs' bid for a fourth straight girls soccer district championship was swept aside.
No. 2 seed Barron Collier scored a long distance goal 10 minutes into the game to hand No. 1 seed Baker a 1-0 defeat in the District 4A-12 title match at Baker.
"Both teams had to play in the same wind," said Bulldogs coach Dave Trepkowski. "We didn't come out as aggressive as we wanted to."
Maria Gomez fired a shot from 30 yards on the right wing and the 15 mph breeze carried it just inside the far post for the game's only score. Despite playing with the wind at their backs in the first half, the Cougars (10-7-1) only managed one shot on goal as Baker's defense turned away every other scoring opportunity as it had done to Fort Myers in Tuesday's semfinal game.
The Bulldogs (21-2-1), who had split two regular season encounters with the Cougars, launched their comeback bid in the second half with the wind to their backs. They outshot the Cougars 10-2 in the final 40 minutes, including six shots on goal.
The Bulldogs brought all but two defenders forward of the midfield stripe every chance they could mount an offensive. Shannon Pearl had the most chances at the net, firing two benders and one roller from the left wing that wound up in Cougars keeper Alex Persiani's hands. Pearl had another point-blank shot sail over the crossbar.
A header by Franny Farella in a crowd in front of the net off a corner kick landed on top of the net behind the crossbar and Monique Elliott, who had several low shots blocked by defenders' legs, missed wide right from 20 yards.
Bulldogs keeper Angela Christiano saved the only shot on goal by the Cougars in the second half. That came on a free kick from 25 yards that sailed over everyone into Christiano's waiting arms. A second free kick by the Cougars frm just outside the penalty box was deflected by Pearl manning the "wall" in front of the goal.
The loss sends the Bulldogs into the Region 4A-3 quarterfinals Wednesday at Lakewood Ranch. Collier hosts Venice in its quarterfinal match.
South Fort Myers 1, Cape Coral 0: Cape Coral's run of 13 straight games without a loss came to an end Thursday night on a penalty kick goal at South Fort Myers.
A hand ball in the box call set up the first half PK that wound up to be the game's only score.
Goalkeepers Alex Colazzo and Austin Lachmann each made six saves for the Seahawks (15-2-3), who host Ida Baker in the regular season finale Friday night.
Lely 1, Mariner 0: After a hard-fought scoreless battle, Mariner was denied not only a win but a tie as well by Lely's free kick goal in the final seconds Thursday night.
The Tritons (13-5-5) meet North Fort Myers at noon Monday in the District 3A-11 Tournament's first round at Island Coast.
Mariner 67, North Fort Myers 30: Mariner coach James Harris collected his 139th career win as Tritons coach Thursday night to surpass the late Frank Morris on the all-time school record list with a victory over North Fort Myers.
The Tritons did it with four players reaching double figures.
Jaylen Mitchell, Rick Moore and Rodney Hunter shared game scoring honors with 12 points apiece with Devin Deems accounting for 10 points to lead the Tritons.
The win clinches the No. 1 seed for the District 5A-13 Tournament for the Trit0ns (12-7), who play at Lehigh Friday night. The Tritons also have won five of their last six games.
North FM 8 10 9 3 - 30
Mariner 23 17 15 12 - 67
North 30 - Fuller 9, Pratt 2, Johnson 6, Makar 4, Harrell 3, Byrd 6. Totals: 11 5-10 30.
3PG: Johnson 2, Harrell 1.
Mariner 67 - Davis 7, Mitchell 12, Patton 2, Moore 12, Nash 2, Hunter 12, Murphy 4, Deems 10, Sillie 6. Totals: 26 13-13 67.
3PG: Moore 2.
Cape Coral 48, Cyress Lake 23: David Flynn's double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds led Cape Coral to victory Thursday night at Cypress Lake and snapped a six-game losing streak.
Chase Gauzny added eight points and eight rebounds for the Seahawks (9-12), who host Ida Baker Friday night.
Cape Coral 13 16 11 8 - 48
Cypress Lake 7 0 7 9 - 23
Cape 48 - Lewis 5, Acevedo 2, Galuzny 8, Flynn 21, Tognarine 3, Taylor 7, Perez 2. Totals: 17 3-4 48.
3PG: Galuzny 2, Flynn 7, Tognarine 1, Taylor 1.
Cypress 23 - King 6, Jac. Kilgore 1, Yakovlev 4, Grimm 12. Totals: 8 1-2 23.
3PG: King 2, Grimm 4.
Bishop Verot 70, Gateway Charter 40: Mason Taylor struck for 18 points and 10 rebounds to back Mitchell Fundingsland's 19-point night as Bishop Verot pounded Gateway Thursday night.
The Vikings (12-7) play in the Wally Keller Classic on Saturday.
Bishop Verot 20 16 21 13 - 70
Gateway 8 4 15 13 - 40
Verot 70 - Schell 4, Fundingsland 19, Taylor 18, Baker 3, J. Kavanagh 4, Ebenger 2, Williams 6, Labreche 9, Q. Kavanagh 2, Herting 2, Homolka 1. Totals: 24 17-22 70.
3PG: Williams 1, Baker 1, Taylor 3.
Gateway 40 - Murray 14, Howard 2, Johnson 4, Legaguer 6, Bighames 4, Julmiste 2, James 8. Totals: 15 5-13 40.
3PG: Murray 2, James 2.