Girls soccer: Boca Raton falls in overtime in state semifinal


Miami-Our Lady of Lourdes Academy handed the Boca Raton girls soccer team one of its two losses this season, winning by a goal on Dec. 15.

Since then, the Bobcats had not lost a game. But on Friday, Lourdes again defeated Boca, escaping with a 2-1 victory in the Class 5A state semifinals.

After Boca Raton’s Dayana Martin and Lourdes Academy’s Mia Atrio exchanged goals in the first half, Niki Molina scored the golden goal in overtime to give Lourdes the victory.

Martin opened up the scoring for Boca Raton (18-3-1) after dribbling past three defenders and placing a shot by Lourdes goalkeeper Amanda Puig to open the scoring.

“It was exciting to start off strong and I thought that we set the tone kind of early,” Boca Raton coach Rachael Grimes said. “Then they settled down. I thought it was just a great game. We had our chances and we had our offensive opportunities, but at the end of the day, they found a way to put it in the back of the net.”

Martin, who had a hat trick in the Bobcats’ 4-0 win over Vero Beach on Tuesday, had an opportunity to break the tie with 15 minutes left in the second half after beating a pair of defenders, but the shot went over the crossbar.

Atrio evened up the score for Lourdes with 24 minutes left in the first half on a ball played into the box. This came after the team had two of its first offensive chances stopped by offside calls in the first 10 minutes of the half.

Sofi Hillman of Lourdes received a yellow card after a foul with four minutes left in the first half.

Neither team was able to score in the second half, despite several opportunities in the final 10 minutes for both sides.

In overtime, a hand ball by Boca Raton’s Quinn Knapp gave Lourdes a free kick outside the box, but it couldn’t convert.

Molina was able to get free on the left side of the box and put home the game-winning goal on a loose ball with two minutes left.

Lourdes improved to 17-1 with its 14th consecutive victory, 11 by shutout.

“It was tough for us to lose on that last play,” Grimes said. “Our defense has definitely been a very strong part of our team the whole year and just a bad bounce that didn’t go our way.”

Oxbridge Academy 2, Fort Myers-Bishop Verot 1: Allison Breed scored two goals and Merissa Chu had 10 saves as the ThunderWolves edged the Vikings in a Class 2A state semifinal in Fort Myers. Lizzy Spears contributed an assist for Oxbridge, which will play Jacksonville-Bolles in Wednesday’s state championship match.



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