Community School of Naples scored four unanswered goals to snag the District A-8 girls soccer championship away from Evangelical Christian, 4-2, on Friday night.
The loss sends the Sentinels on the road for the regional quarterfinals next week, facing the winner of the District 1A-7 tournament, either Saint Stephen’s in Bradenton or Sarasota Christian.
The Seahawks were looking for revenge after ECS bounced them from the regional semifinals last year. Early in the game, though, it looked as though the Sentinels were on their way to another postseason victory. Just two minutes in, Abby Lunsford fired a long pass to Kylee Rullo, who broke away for a goal.
Less than three minutes later, Mallory Hayden sent a pass forward to Haley Pigott, who turned around and put the ball in the net.
“We had this game on our minds, so I think the girls were a little bit shocked and had their feet still,” CSN coach Jenna Goldszak said.
But the lead lasted only 6 minutes. Two goals by CSN’s Tatiana Zuloaga knotted the game up at 2.
After that, the contest settled into a more defensive and physical one, though the ball stayed in the ECS third of the field for most of the time. CSN finally broke through about 10 minutes into the second half with a pair of goals by Abby Kastroll.
“It was a combination of not getting the plays going and not getting a few passes, and also some questionable officiating,” ECS coach Steve Magner said. “But it is what it is, and both teams had to play through it. The game kind of got out of control physically, as far as I’m concerned, but the kids have to play with it and deal with it.”