ROCKLEDGE – Alexis Henriquez and Megan O’Reilly have been making a habit of combining for key soccer goals. Tuesday, they needed a few extra minutes to pull off a 1-0 win over Eau Gallie at McLarty Stadium.
Make that an extra day and a few extra minutes. Rough weather postponed the first night of district tournament soccer, meaning Tuesday’s first-round games led directly into tonight’s next round at several locations around Brevard County.
The Raiders will meet Satellite in a District 3-3A 5 p.m. game at Merritt Island with a regional playoff spot on the line. The host Mustangs will play at 7.
In 6-4A play at Viera, defending state champion Melbourne earned another playoff spot with a 1-0 win over Heritage as Brianna Thompson scored after halftime. The Bulldogs advanced to the final of the four-team district.
In Rockledge, Henriquez scored for the Raiders with 7:40 left in the second overtime period, she and her teammates having come up empty for more than 92 minutes as the third seed playing the sixth.
“At first it was really frustrating,” she said, “but I believed in everybody and knew everyone would do what we had to do.”
Senior Megan O’Reilly did what she had to do by passing to Henriquez in stride for the winning shot about 20 yards from the goal.
“I didn’t want this to be my last game, so there was a fire inside me,” O’Reilly said. “I didn’t even have to look. I knew where she would be, and I just passed the ball.”
Second-seeded Satellite will await the Raiders at 5. The Scorpions also won at home Tuesday, 2-0 over Bayside.
Cocoa Beach will host the District 8-2A semifinals, also beginning at 5. The Minutemen needed just a half to eliminate Cocoa on Tuesday, 10-0. Eight players scored, with Claire Cacciatore and Daphne Waschka scoring twice each.
Holy Trinity is the host for tonight’s District 10-1A semis. The Tigers are the second seed.