Island Coast ousted in State Cup
WELLINGTON — Despite the final score, all of the news wasn't bad for the
Island Coast Soccer Alliance U-18 girls soccer team on Saturday morning in
Sure, Island Coast's goal of winning a State Cup in the U-18 division ended
with a 5-0 semifinal loss against Team Boca 90/91 White at Pierson Park.
But nearly all of Island Coast's line-up played up an age bracket this
season, so that means most of the team -- including Cypress Lake High's
Desiree Meyer and Sarah Yates -- is eligible to return as bona fide U-18s
Island Coast coach Jamie Byers hopes his team -- which is comprised of high
school juniors and seniors from Lee and Collier counties -- will use the
setback as motivation for next season.
"It will be good for the kids next year to take that emotion now and relay
it into practice so that they work harder. Hopefully with the 12 kids we
have coming back next year and when we compete at the appropriate age level,
we should be OK," he said.
Team Boca scored twice early in the game and tacked on three more in the
"We had a lot of possession with the ball and we worked very hard," said
Byers. "I think the difference today was not one particular thing. I just
think there was a little more quality in the other team. There was a little
more physical presence in the other team. There was a little more
psychological edge in the other team. When you put it all together, it added
up to a poor result for us."
Already up 1-0 on an early goal by Christina Gratz, Team Boca doubled its
lead when Stacey Payne drilled a low liner past a diving Makenzie Vance on a
"Anytime you get a team -- at this level -- down 2-0, it's pretty hard to
come back," said Team Boca coach Bill D'Addio.
Team Boca padded its lead in the second half on back-to-back goals by
Arielle Cohen, both of which were set-up by Jasmine Castellon.
With some nifty dribbling work in tight quarters, Payne concluded the
scoring with her second goal.
Island Coast was stymied each team they entered Team Boca's side of the
Team Boca's four college-bound backs -- Bridget Becker (Lafayette), Kim
Hobgood (Ole Miss), Genevieve Rigg (FAU) and Jandy Ward (UCF) -- suffocated
Island Coast's offense all game. Island Coast struggled to get shots off and
spent very little time in Team Boca's box.
"Our four backs are very solid," said D'Addio. "They've been together for
awhile. They pressure and cover very well together. They're tough to beat."
Ida Baker-Cape Coral junior Christine Giles generated Island Coast's best
scoring opportunities, including a point blank shot that was stopped by Team
Boca keeper Samantha Perretty in the first half.
"I thought Christine Giles had an absolutely fantastic game," said Byers.
"She worked her socks off -- as did every kid on our team -- but technically
she stood above the rest. Any impact we had on the game, she was responsible
Team Boca lost to RSL Florida, 2-0, in Sunday's championship.