With about 15 minutes left to play, Ray Gerke steered home the lone goal Friday night in Mariner's 1-0 District 3A-3 victory at Ida Baker.
Gerke's goal came on a low skidder from the top of the 18-yard box, one-on-one against the keeper.
"We played phenominal defense," said Tritons coach Martin Cardenas.
Mariner's Ray Gerke (7) goes down, but not out in the battle for ball possession against Baker's Alex Howard (4) Friday night.
The defensive struggle led to two saves for Mariner goalkeeper Michael Laborde and 11 saves for Baker keeper Trey Crispin.
Defenders Pat Keebler, Trevor Jurkowski, Jomar Restrepo, Isaias Velasquez amd Austin Hobson provided outstanding middle defense against the Bulldogs. Meanwhile, the defensive crew of Alex Howard, Alex Crispin and reserve center mid Joe DiBella contributed on the Bulldogs' behalf in front of keeper Trey Crispin.
The Bulldogs (4-4-3) travel to East Lee County on Monday. The Tritons (9-1-2), who recorded their 10th shutout, host the Tritons Invitational next Friday and Saturday.
Cape Coral 7, East Lee County 1: Camillo Avendano scored two goals and added two assists in Cape High's District 3A-13 victory at East Lee County Friday.
Mateo Perez, Christopher Iturbe, Juan Alanso, Jonathan Jimenez and Kevin Rentana contributed one goal apiece for the Seahawks. Jimenez also had two assists with Oscar Trujillo adding one assist.
Goalkeeper Alex Collazo made five saves in registering the Seahawks' 13th win of the season. The Seahawls (13-0-1, 6-0 district, host Estero Monday.
Golden Gate 43, Cape Coral 34: Eric Martin led Cape High with 11 points in a losing effort against Golden Gate Friday.
C.J. Lewis contributed eight points and Marcus Blackwell five rebounds for the Seahawks (5-4, 2-1 district), who host Mariner at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Mariner 76, Cypress Lake 53: Rodney Hunter connected for a career-high 40 points Friday night as Mariner crushed Cypress Lake.
Kaleb Darrett pitched in 12 points for the Tritons, who led start to finish and were ahead by 32 points at one point. Hunter knocked down 17 of his point total in the first quarter as the Tritons broke out in front early.
"We found a way to win," said Tritons coach James Harris. "We have a big district home game Wednesday at 4:30 with Cape High."
Port Charlotte 63, Ida Baker 26: Port Charlotte outmatched Ida Baker Friday night en route to a 37-point victory.
Nick Benvie topped the Bulldogs with seven points.
"We were only down eight points at half, but only scored five points in the second half," lamented Bulldogs coach James Sanderson.
The Bulldogs (3-6) play at Dunbar on Monday.
Ida Baker 6, Mariner 2: Gabby Morales and Franny Farella scored two goals apiece Friday night at Ida Baker defeated Mariner.
Gabby Hallnan and Roxie Frazier each added one goal with goalkeeper Angela Christiano posting three saves for the Bulldogs (6-2).
North Fort Myers 3, Lemon Bay 0: Two goals by Darian Leschewski was all North Fort Myers would need Friday in a District 3A-13 win over Lemon Bay.
Madison Lampkins added one goal and goalkeeper Jacquie Schrivanich had eight saves to record the shutout. The Knights (8-5, 6-1 district) participate in the Tritons Invitational next weekend at Mariner.
Cape Coral 51, Golden Gate 22: McKenna Beach poured in 20 points with Crystal Townsend adding 15 points and 15 rebounds to lead Cape Coral's victory Friday at Golden Gate.
Samaria Jones contributed 12 rebounds and eight points toward the win. The Seahawks (13-1, 5-0 district) play at 5 p.m.Wednesday at Mariner.
Port Charlotte 81, Ida Baker 39: Jessie Placher scores a game-high 31 points, but got no help from her teammates Friday night in Ida Baker's loss to Port Charlotte.
Kathleen Driscoll grabbed 13 rebounds for the Bulldogs (2-8), who play Monday at Dunbar.