4A-2: Unbeaten Mitchell downs Lakeland, 3-0
TRINITY — Even when Mitchell shuts out an opponent and limits it to just a couple shots on goal, it isn’t satisfied.
Mitchell coach Karl Kukec wasn’t overly joyous about his team’s 3-0 victory against Lakeland (10-11-1) in a Class 4A-Region 2 quarterfinal Thursday night at Mustang Field. Kukec’s club improved to 23-0, but knows his team must improve its level of play if it is to reach the later rounds.
“We didn’t play a good game tonight,” Kukec said. “I hope this is the off game. I wasn’t very happy how we played the game, although everybody did get to play.”
Mitchell had plenty of opportunities to balloon its lead, as they had 24 shots on goal compared to Lakeland’s two.
Lakeland goalkeeper Elizabeth Kovacs made 13 saves on the night and was kept busy for most of the 80 minutes of play.
The Mustangs scored their first goal in the fourth minute on a quick shot by freshman Sabrina Wagner.
Balea Schumacher added the later two goals for Mitchell in the 12th and 48th minutes. Mitchell advances to Tuesday’s region semifinal against Winter Haven, a 3-1 winner against Sickles.
3A-2: Cannata, Land O’ Lakes blank Hudson
LAND O’ LAKES — Given the long postseason road, Land O’ Lakes was glad to have a hard-fought, first-round match.
The Gators (24-1) advanced to the Class 3A-Region 2 semifinals by downing Hudson 2-0.
“It’s good to have a tough match right off the bat because it keeps us fresh and prepared for the later rounds,” Gators coach Vicky King said. “They’re well-coached and have good players and we know (Dominique Cirnigliaro) can be deadly, even from 55 yards out, so we knew they would be tough.”
Cirnigliaro, who has a Pasco County-high 56 goals, was a game-time decision after fracturing her right wrist in the district tournament, but played with a cast Thursday night.
However, the Gators would take a 1-0 lead when Tori Cannata was awarded a penalty kick after being fouled hard in the Hudson box. Cannata would bury her team-high 26th goal in the 34th minute. Hudson (21-6-1) would get solid chances, including its best early in the second half when Cirnigliaro took a free kick from atop the Gators’ box, only to bank it off the crossbar.
“A few inches lower and we’re in the game until the end,” Cobras coach Stephen Jones said. “I’m happy with the way we had to play and how Dom played with her injury, but the second goal took the wind out of our sails.”
3A-2: Sunlake falls to Brooksville Nature Coast
BROOKSVILLE — Nature Coast Technical (20-2-2) extended its season at the expense of youthful Sunlake (16-5-3) at Shark Tank Stadium, 3-0.
The setback was Sunlake’s eighth in a row against the Sharks. They’ve been out-scored, 40-0.
Behind a pair of goals by frosh striker Jayna Tyler plus the Hernando County –leading 28th goal of the season by senior striker Hailey Lalande, the Sharks handed the visiting Seahawks their second straight regional quarterfinal setback.
The Sharks extended their non-losing streak to 12 matches – featuring an 11-match win skein - behind their 13th shutout of the season. Senior goalkeeper Samantha Oliveira converted seven saves
The win permitted NCT to tie the Hernando County record for most wins in a season (20) – initially set by 2006-07 Springstead Eagles.