Battling through injuries, the Mariner Tritons willed themselves to a 3-1 victory Wednesday night over Naples in a Region 3A-3 quarterfinal match at Tony McKenna Field.
Goalkeeper Samantha Wolfe was knocked out of action with a hand injury just six minutes into the game. Alexis Restrepo stepped in and saved five of six shots on goal to record the win.
Injured forward Alejandra Muro-Solis did not start the game. She entered the game on a throw-in and immediately put the Tritons in front with a double-cut goal inside the box in the 24th minute. Nursing a leg injury the rest of the way, she endured several hard hits and falls and added an assist in the second half.
"She inspired the girls a bit," said Tritons coach Jefferson Swift. "I think we had some nerves at the start because we started four freshmen, but our captain leadership took over in the second half."
The Tritons played a lot of defense in their own end of the field in the first half, but had trouble clearing offensive thrusts into the wind. Passes were not connecting with teammates and Naples (15-4-1) tied the game in the 34th minute on a 40-yard rainbow kick that came down at the crossbar that Restrepo couldn't touch until she had backed into the net.
"For the second week in a row, we came out and scored first, early," said Swift. "Then, in the second quarter we let them get back in the game."
Five minutes after the second half water break, Naples' Brook Hebel drew a yellow card for pushing at midfield. The Tritons' free kick went into the middle of the field where Holly Fritz ran it down and scored from just inside the box for the game-winning goal.
A minute later, Muro-Solis sent a centering pass from the right wing that bounced off a defender and Holly Fritz buried it in the net to make it 3-1.
Two minutes later, Muro-Solis was driving to the net when she was tripped by a defender. The resulting penalty kick, taken by Tabita Aguilar was blocked by Eagles keeper Francesca Fischer diving to her right.
The damage had been done and the Tritons stepped up the defense for the final nine minutes.
Sarah DiRoma did most of the dirty work on the back line, rejecting long passes and a series of corner kicks at the end. Sam Kirby, Brittany Webb-Martin and Megan Fritz helped clear everything Naples could throw at them in the final minutes.
The Tritons outshot the Eagles 14-11 overall and 8-6 in shots on goal.
The Tritons (18-3-4) play at Riverdale in the Region 3A-3 semifinals.
Riverdale 4, North Fort Myers 1: North Fort Myers gave up two goals in the first half and two more in the second before cracking the defense Wednesday night in a season-ending loss at Riverdale in the Region 3A-3 quarterfinals.
North, which had one goal disallowed on an offsides call, got their only goal by Miranda Lukas late in the game.
"We never gave up and finally got a goal at the end," said Red Knights coach Donna Agostinelli. "It was a well fought match.
The Red Knights finish the season 16-5-1 while Riverdale advances to the region semifinals Saturday night and hosts Mariner.
Lakewood Ranch 4, Ida Baker 1: Lakewood Ranch broke in front 2-0 Wednesday night en route to a Region 4A-3 quarterfinal victory over Ida Baker.
"We were not very aggressive with the ball for the second game in a row," said Bulldogs coach Dave Trepkowski. "After we scored to make it 2-1 at the half, we had the momentum, but gave up an early goal in the second half and did not recover."
Freshman Syniah Clark scored Baker's only goal while goalkeeper Angela Christiano made five saves. The Bulldogs finish the season 21-3-1 while Lakewood Ranch advances to the regional semifinals Saturday at Venice, which defeated Barron Collier 1-0 in double overtime.
Mariner 78, Ida Baker 62: Rodney Hunter struck for a season- and career-high 38 points Wednesday night as Mariner held off Ida Baker.
"We kind of just survived," said Tritons coach James Harris. "Baker played well despite their difficult season and it was not our best effort either."
Rick Moore added 13 points and eight rebounds while Cailin Nash contributed 12 points. Hunter also grabbed eight rebounds and had five assists.
Seth Woods led the Bulldogs with 21 points while Nate Evans added 14 and Nick Benvie 10.
The Bulldogs (1-22) play Community School of Naples on Feb. 2 to close out the season.
The Tritons ( 14-7) visit East Lee County Friday night.
Mariner 19 11 23 25 - 78
Ida Baker 17 8 18 19 - 62
Mariner 78 - Mitchell 2, Moore 12, Nash 12, Hunter 38, Sillie 7, Deems 6. Totals: 26 21-24 78.
3PG: Moore 3, Nash 2.
Baker 62 - Donabed 4, Benvie 10, Grimm 5, Woods 21, Perez 3, Evans 14, Loza 1, Snyder 4. Totals: 23 8-14 62.
3PG: Woods 4, Benvie 2, Grimm 1, Snyder 1.
Oasis 37, Immokalee 36: Samantha Wood and Katie O'Connor combined for 27 points to lead Oasis to victory at Immokalee Wednesday night.
Wood's 16 points pushed her over 300 points for the season, the most in school history, boy or girl. It also gives her 494 career points, the first Oasis basketball player to reach that mark.
O'Connor finished with 11 points and Tatiana Bruno grabbed 11 rebounds.
"It was a good road win for us since Jordan Westendorf was out sick tonight," said Sharks coach Sam Wood.
The Sharks (13-13), who led 37-29 in the closing minutes, saw the Indians shave seven points off their margin of victory down the stretch.
Oasis 9 9 5 14 - 37
Immokalee 5 11 5 15 - 36
Oasis 37 - Wood 16, O'Connor 11, Arentsen 4, Scalise 2, Pickle 2, Bruno 2. Totals: 15 0-2 37.
3PG: Wood 4, O'Connor 3.
Immokalee 36 - Christopher 14, Walker 8, Pierre 4, Townsend 4, Carswell 4, Gadsden 2. Totals: 13 7-21 36.
3PG: Christopher 3.