Bishop Verot clinched its third-consecutive district title on its home field, defeating Oasis 1-0 in Friday’s District 2A-12 final.
The Vikings’ constant probing and pressure on the Sharks defense finally paid off in the 23rd minute. Junior Olivia Miller was in the right place after a deflection from a corner kick and the forward booted into the upper right corner of the net.
“I took a step back to see where the ball was going to go, then went to the top of the box and waited for the chance,” Miller said. “I wasn’t expecting the ball at land at my feet like that, but I saw it and took it.”
Oasis had few opportunities to equalize, spending much of the game in their own end trying to contend with Verot’s aggressive front line. The Sharks had a good chance in the 50th minute, as freshman Alyssa Abbondandolo earned a free kick from just outside 30 yards. The shot flew harmlessly over the net, and the Vikings back line minimized the chances from there, and ensured its 15th shutout win of the season.
“We’re not a very high-scoring team, so we want to control the ball and control the pace of the game,” said Vikings coach Randy Zavada. “The defense has been great all season but we did an excellent job attacking with the midfield, bringing those players up and controlling the ball.”
Katlin Zimmerman did a great job of keeping the Sharks in the game. The junior keeper managed 11 saves while being under siege all night from a barrage of shots on multiple great opportunities for the Vikings.
This was a rematch of last year’s District championship, where Verot won 5-0. The Vikings will host DeSoto County, while Oasis will travel to Sarasota Cardinal Mooney in the Region 2A-3 quarterfinals.