The Evangelical Christian School and Community School of Naples girls soccer teams played Tuesday night for the second time in 12 days. And all this familiarity resulted in a frustrating end to the Sentinels’ season.
Goalkeeper Melissa Eklund posted a shutout and Community’s offense was efficient enough as ECS lost 2-0 in the Region A-4 semifinals Tuesday at the Community School of Naples.
The Sentinels also fell to the Seahawks 5-4 in penalty kicks in the District A-8 final on Jan. 16.
“It was a great game, and we played physical,” said ECS coach Steve Magner. “Community had a little advantage of age and experience, and it showed a little bit. We had some great chances to score in the second half, and more than we did in the first half. So we didn’t give up.”
ECS, which came within two minutes of beating Community School in that district final, came with the same approach it had in the district final.
“We didn’t change a whole lot from the district game,” Magner said. “We figured we’d have a chance if we came out and we played well. We were able to hang with them for a long time.”
Community School will play Friday night against either Shorecrest Prep or Indian Rocks Christian in the region finals.
The winner of that advances to the state semifinals played Feb. 4-7 at Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne.
“You have to give a lot of credit to the defense,” said Community School coach Jenna Goldszak. “The whole team has really bought into the concept of ‘team soccer,’ and it’s worked well for us.”
Tatiana Zuloaga scored both of Community School’s goals.
Magner noted many good performances by the Sentinels, especially with Kristen Harder in the goal, as well as midfielders Kylee Rullo and Kianna Magner.
“Kristen came up with some great saves,” Magner said. “She had a great save on the first goal, but they (Community School) put it in on the rebound. I really liked the performance by the whole team.”
The Seahawks scored the only goal they would need eight minutes into the game. Zuloaga took a pass from Abby Kastroll and scored to give CSN a 1-0 lead with 32:51 left in the first.
The Sentinels put occasional pressure on the net but it remained unpenetrated, and it was a 1-0 Seahawk lead at halftime.
Zuloaga scored on another assist from Kastroll with 12:30 remaining to put it away.