Five days after the Bishop Verot girls soccer team reclaimed the District 2A-11 crown with an emotional victory at rival Sarasota Cardinal Mooney, the Vikings didn’t possess the same sense of urgency in Wednesday’s state playoff regional quarterfinal.
Visiting West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman took advantage of the letdown, ending Verot’s season with a 2-0 victory.
“We couldn’t have been any flatter,” Vikings coach Randy Zavada said.
Bishop Verot (14-6-3) nearly opening the scoring in the 27th minute but junior forward Katlyn Sullivan’s drive struck the crossbar behind Crusaders freshman goalie Michelle Agnello.
“If that goes in, I think that makes a big difference for us,” Zavada said.
Instead, Cardinal Newman (9-9-1) grabbed a 1-0 in the final minute of the opening half when junior forward Jodi Bronstien put away a rebound off a shot by sophomore forward Alexandria Gonzalez.
The pair combined on the Crusaders’ second goal in the first minute of the final half when Gonzalez fed a streaking Bronstien who tucked a low shot past Vikings senior goalkeeper Morgan Cole.
Newman outshot Verot 15-9 and could have built a bigger margin, if not for Cole’s strong second-half play.
The Vikings lose four seniors from a team Zavada admits surpassed his expectations.
“We had five sophomores and two freshman out there tonight, which bodes well for the future,” he said.