Overtime and penalty kick defeats derailed both Mariner and Cape Coral boys' soccer programs last week in the first round of the state 3A regional playoffs.
Mariner lost to Immokalee 2-1 in double overtime Thursday night while Cape High was sidelined by Golden Gate 2-1 Friday night as the Titans outscored the Seahawks 5-4 in penalty kicks. The loss denied the Cape Coral rival programs from a third showdown in the regional semifinals this week.
The Seahawks (21-3-1) missed the second of five PKs while the Titans converted all five of theirs. Cape keeper Austin Lachmann was credited with eight saves in regulation.
Miguel Martinez scored the tying goal for the Seahawks in the second half off a centering pass from Camillo Avendano on the left wing.
The Tritons (17-5-4) tied their game 1-1 in the second half on a 25-yard score with 20 minutes left in regulation.
"We had opportunities to score, but couldn't get one past their keeper," said Tritons coach Martin Cardenas.
Meanwhile, Tritons keeper Michael Laborde recorded nine saves lasting through most of the two overtimes.
Immokalee scored the game-winner on a headed ball off a corner kick halfway through the second OT.
"Yeah we're disappointed, obviously," said Cardenas, "but the boys played very hard and gave a good effort. It turned sloppy at times on both sides, and with the rain ... Still, I'm very proud of the guys."
Region 2A-3: Bishop Verot extended its season with a 2-0 victory Thursday night over Cardinal Mooney at Vikings Stadium in the regional quarterfinal round.
Peter Routsis and Nathan Powers scored for the Vikings with keeper Brandon Doyle recording six saves to preserve the shutout.
The Vikings play a regional semifinal match Tuesday against the winner between DeSoto County and Clewiston.
Bishop Verot 1, Tampa Prep 0 (OT): Kelly Reynolds scored the game-winner seven minutes into the first overtime period Friday night lifting the Vikings past Tampa Prep in the Region 2A-3 finals.
"It was a chip shot over the head of the keeper from 18 yards after Katie Sullivan's pass at 40 yards got past the sweeper and the keeper came out too late," said Vikings coach Randy Zavada. "It was a very defensive game on both sides."
Goalkeeper Kinzie Frey made 11 saves for the Vikings.
The win advances the Vikings (23-3) to a state semifinal match Wednesday at 5 p.m. against Trinity Catholic in Melbourne.
It is the second trip to the state final four since 2001 for the Vikings girls' program, but first during Zavada's tenure.
Mariner 59, Island Coast 55: Friday's rivalry match between two city schools came down to the final seconds with Mariner prevailing over the upstart Gators.
Former Gator Kaleb Darrett sank a pair of free throws with seven seconds remaining to give the Tritons a four-point cushion and the Gators were unable to catch up with time running out.
Darrett finished with 15 points, second only to Rodney Hunter's 19 points with Chris Carpenter adding 11 for the Tritons. Hunter also had five rebounds.
"The big difference for us was we missed 15 free throws and made 26 turnovers," said Gators coach Greg Coleman. "Any time you have numbers like that against a team like that and lose by four that shows how hard we played. We are playing our best basketball at the right time."
Matt Jeannels led a trio of Gators in double figures with 17 points and seven rebounds with Sonel Mathurin contributing 15 points and 10 boards and Morgan Foreman 15 points, four assists and three steals.
"It was a great high school environment with a packed gym and give credit to Island Coast, they came to play," said Tritons coach James Harris. "It was like a playoff game."
The Gators (10-15) as the No. 3 seed in the District 6A-11 Tournament travel to No. 2 seed Venice Wednesday in the semifinal round.
The Tritons (17-8) as the No. 2 seed in the District 5A-12 Tournament also play in the semifinal round on Wednesday at Golden Gate against the winner between Cypress Lake and Lely.
Fort Myers 57, Bishop Verot 55: Mark Matthews' tip-in at the buzzer lifted Fort Myers to victory over Bishop Verot Friday night.
Ricky Doyle led all scorers with 30 points for the Vikings (15-9). Matthews finished with a team-high 22 for the Green Wave (17-8).
The top seeded Green Wave host Riverdale on Tuesday in the semifinals of the District 7A-11 Tournament.
District 2A-11: Riverdale won the district championship Friday night at Island Coast. Charlotte finished second, Fort Myers third and the host Gators were fourth.
The strong Gators showing was lead by 220-pound champion Nick Quinones. Seven other Gators accompany him the regional meet at Charlotte on Friday and Saturday. Joey Perez (113) and Davon Boyd (132) were runners-up. Andrew Ottinger (145) and Mike Sorrentino (152) placed third, while Dario Labrada (126), Frank McNeal (138) and Noah Pegg (195) took fourth.
Ottinger contributed his success to "conditioning, conditioning, conditioning."
Cape Coral placed fifth with Jordan Jones earning district champion honors at 195.
Also advancing for the Seahawks were runner-up Ron Allen (152), Dave Martin (285) third, and Josh Clark (145) fourth.
Seventh-place Ida Baker advanced three to regionals. Nick Rivers was second at 160, Angel Remedios (113) and Drew Fay (120).
District 1A-12: Mariner took second place at the district meet Saturday at Lemon Bay. Lely edged the Tritons for the team title by the razor thin margin of 3 1/2 points. Oasis placed seventh in the 11-team tournament.
Despite not receiving a single top seed, the Tritons scored five individual champs. G.G. Dattalico (120), Keaton Koselke (126), Ashton Plourde (152), Alejandro Lopez (220) and Russell Panos (285) all won their weight class.
The Tritons' Zach Fouch was a runner-up at 182 and Kelvin Gonzalez (106) and Carrick Brennen took fourth to advance to this week's regional meet at Tampa Berkley Prep.
Oasis advanced five wrestlers. Joe Pascale lead the Sharks finishing second at 160. Matt Tressel fought through a sore shoulder to take fourth and qualify at 145. Jackson Siminson (120), Greg Krempski (126) and Cameron Burgess (182) all placed fourth.
Freelance writer J.D. DeReu contributed to this report.