Marco Charter boys soccer team wins conference

The Marco Island Charter Middle School boys soccer team showed its dominance in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference on Tuesday by downing Southwest Florida Christian Academy, 7-1, for the league title.

Coming into the championship game the visitors, SWFCA, boasted a 10-2-1 record. The Charter School stood at 10-2, with both losses in the Collier County Public Schools Conference.

SWFCA moved the ball well, but couldn’t track the Eagles defense as defender Omar Rodriguez was outstanding. He boomed countless balls away from the Eagles net.

The visitors only scored on a high lob shot that goalie Jay Vanderjagt couldn’t reach late in the game.

On the other side, SWFCA goalie Dorian Escalante had all he could do to keep the ball out of the net. The Eagles were relentless, with Escalante stopping point blank, blistering shots.

By half time the score was Eagles 4, SWFCA, 0.

Colin McMullen led the Eagles with three scores, Chris Gengenbach, two and Kole and Kyle Bartos one each. Ben Lopez had two assists and Cameron Ragan, one.

In the GCAC there just wasn’t a team that could challenge the Eagles.

“It was a down year for those schools and we were never really tested,” coach Mike Vanderjagt said. “We won every game by at least six goals.”

When it comes to the county schools the Eagles have not been able to field a full team as a number of the top players have been playing on traveling teams on Saturdays.

The Eagle lost to Manatee Middle, the defending champion, 8-0, with five Eagles missing and to East Naples, 4-2, with three top players gone to a three-on-three tournament.

“With a full squad those games would have had a much different outcome,” Vanderjagt said. “We are a very good team at full strength.”

The Eagles will be short again on Saturday, while needing to win its last two games to have a chance at the playoffs.

“It is too bad that we will not know how far we could have gone in the county with a full team,” Vanderjagt said.

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