The Mariner Tritons captured their second straight District 3A-11 girls' soccer championship Friday night at Tony McKenna Field, defeating long-time rival North Forth Myers 4-2.
The Tritons (14-3-4) started off the first half with back-to-back goals by midfielder Megan Fritz.
Fritz scored first on a penalty kick aimed at the bottom left corner of the goal. She added a second goal less than a minute later on a chip-shot header. She was assisted by fellow midfielder Samantha Webb-Martin's free kick.
Mariner’s Alejandra Muro-Solis (3) dribbles upfield with North Fort Myers’ Morgan Cook clipping at her heels Friday night in the Tritons’ 4-2 District 3A-11 championship win. More photos are available online at: cu.cape-coral-daily-breeze.com.
Both the free kick assist by Webb-Martin and the goal-scoring penalty kick by Fritz were the result of fouls against Tritons forward Alejandra Muro-Solis, Mariner's most prolific ball-handler through out the game.
"Their first two goals came pretty quickly," said Red Knights coach Donna Agostinelli. "Our girls kept their heads up and got those goals back before the half."
The Red Knights (16-4-1) heated up late in the half, mirroring Mariner's scoring efforts with two scores of their own, tying the game 2-2 at the half.
Red Knights junior forward Darian Leschewski put home a penalty kick of her own, placing the ball in the bottom right corner of the goal for North's first score.
North's second goal came off a free kick as well. Captain midfielder Casey Gentile scored on a line-drive header, assisted by midfielder Taylor Pascal's free kick taken from just inside the midfield line.
In the first half, Tritons goalie Samantha Wolfe had five saves and North goalie Amy Pavy had four saves.
The Tritons began the second half as they did the first, with a quick score. Midfielder Sarah Hamilton scored off the rebound of a blocked shot by Pavy.
"We missed a mark and Mariner got their third goal early," said Agostinelli.
Megan Fritz remained productive for the Tritons in the second half. Fritz collected her third goal of the game with a header off of a low-arching corner kick from sister Holly Fritz.
"That goal sailed over Amy's head and she's a tall girl, but you can't change your height," said Agostinelli. Amy played very well despite the goals."
The second half had considerably fewer shots on goal for both teams. Wolfe had two saves in the closing half while Wolfe saved one.
The Red Knights had to play without their high-scoring forward Melinda Lukas, the school's all-time leader in goals, who was out of town.
The Tritons host the runner-up from District 3A-12, Naples, Wednesday night in the Region 3A-3 quarterfinal round.
The Red Knights have to go on the road to Riverdale for their quarterfinal match. Riverdale claimed the 3A-12 title 3-0 Friday night.
"We did not play our best game against Riverdale the last time," said Agostinelli. "We will keep playing