North Fort Myers High School’s Makenzi Walden, left, steals the ball from Ida S. Baker’s Gabby Hallnan during the District 3A-13 girls soccer final Friday at Ida S. Baker High School in Cape Coral. North Fort Myers beat Ida S. Baker 3-0.
The North Fort Myers girls soccer team is heading into the playoffs on a roll.
The Red Knights defeated Ida Baker 3-0 on Friday in the final of the District 3A-13 tournament at Ida Baker High School.
“This is something that hasn’t been done at North Fort Myers High School,” Red Knights coach Nick Erickson said. “They’re creating history in every single game they play. It’s pretty special to watch.”
Freshman Taylor Kruse had two goals for the Red Knights.
After going 7-0 in district play during the regular season, the Red Knights swept three district tournament games without surrendering a goal.
“To be honest, North earned it,” Ida Baker coach Chris Vianest said. “I can’t take anything away from them. North came out and played a great game, and they earned it.”
District 3A-13 isn’t all that North Fort Myers has dominated this season. The Red Knights are 22-1-1, their lone loss coming Dec. 1 against Gulf Coast.
In the process, the Red Knights got revenge on Ida Baker, which defeated North 5-4 in last year’s district tournament final.
“They were the better team” last year, Erickson said of the Bulldogs. “They were a fantastic team. We were fantastic this year.”
Next up for North is a home match Thursday against Naples in the first game of the region playoffs.
“We’ll celebrate tonight, and then it’s on to bigger and better things,” Erickson said. “We’ve already scouted our opponent two times. We feel that we have an idea of what they like to do and we’re just real excited to host our first regional game in — 20 years maybe? If ever.”
Ida Baker will travel next Thursday to Estero, which beat Naples for the District 3A-14 title.
“We’re going to play North in two weeks,” Vianest said. “Because we’re going to go and play Estero, and then we’ll move on from there. We’ll play North again. We’ll get another chance at it.”
Kruse got North on the board less than three minutes into the match. Randi Lukas got things going with a long run up the sideline. The ball wound up with Gabby Ciancimino, who set up Kruse for the goal.
Taylor Pascal made it 2-0 late in the first half. Madison Lampkins got the assist as the Red Knights converted on a corner kick.
Kruse made it 3-0 late in the match. She got to a loose ball near the Ida Baker goal and lofted a high shot over Bulldogs keeper Acelya Aydogmus.
“This is just something that 22 girls have been working on since last summer,” Erickson said. “It paid off.”