Youth sports: Pine Ridge, Immokalee earn CCAC middle school soccer titles

The Immokalee Middle School boys team completed an undefeated season when the Indians outlasted Pine Ridge Middle 2-0 in the Collier County Athletic Conference championship match on Saturday at Cypress Palm Middle field.

Though the Panthers boys team faltered, their girls team triumphed 1-0 over Oakridge Middle in overtime to capture the CCAC crown. The match also was played at Cypress Palm.

In the second minute of overtime, Autumn Rogers, assisted by Tristan Stoddard, scored the winning goal. Pine Ridge goalkeeper Rilee Standriff was steadfast in the net as she stopped every ball the Bulldogs kicked at her.

Pine Ridge, coached by Michael Sartorio and Troy Reimer, finished the season with only one loss.

The boys match was scoreless until midway through the second half when Indians eighth-grader Kesley Benoit booted the ball 45 yards for the match's first score.

"It was an amazing shot," mmokalee coach Joe Novotny said. "Even the referee was applauding."

Later in the half, center midfielder Gary Garcia-Lopez, also in the eighth grade, scored on a penalty kick to ice the championship for the Indians.

"Our team put in a lot of hard work and dedication," said Novotny, whose team finished 7-0 this season. "Our players came together in a way a coach can only dream of. It was like they were playing together for years."

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