Estero’s boys soccer team may have been absent from the playoffs last season, but they made sure to get more than one game in 2013, defeating Cape Coral 2-0 Wednesday night in the Region 3A-12 quarterfinal.
Junior Willy Reyes found the net on an unassisted goal at the 37-minute mark when he drilled a shot with his left foot from 30 yards out.
“I felt pretty confident,” Reyes said. “I’m not a lefty; I’m a righty. I’ve been working on my left for a while now. I took a chance and lucky for me it went in.”
Sophomore Victory Godoy put the game away with his goal at the 75-minute mark. The Wildcats were able to score on a counter attack with Cape Coral pushing players forward looking for an equalizer.
This was the second matchup between the schools. They tied at 2 on Nov. 19 at Estero.
Estero goalie junior Joaquin Cortes had his work cut out for him with Cape Coral getting eight shots on goal in the first half. Cortes posted 13 saves in the shutout. Each club finished with the same total of shots on goal after 80 minutes, 18 apiece.
Cape Coral was the aggressor early on, earning three corner kicks in the first 10 minutes but seemed to be a bit out of sync in the loss.
The Seahawks’ starting goalie, sophomore Alex Collazo, posted 12 saves before being taken out with 15 minutes left in an effort to get more offense on the field. Junior Austin Lachmann allowed the goal with five minutes left in the contest.
For Cape Coral, this marks its second straight shutout loss. The Seahawks fell to Mariner in the District 3A-11 final, 1-0.
“It was a chess match early on,” Cape Coral coach Aldo Nardiello said. “We had just as many opportunities as they did. But it comes down to finishing, and they put that first goal in and it put us at a disadvantage.”
Cape Coral had just one senior with four years of varsity experience after losing 15 seniors from last season’s squad.
Estero (17-5-3) will play host to Immokalee at 7 p.m. Saturday in the regional semifinal.