Seahawks win 1A-10 girls title
Community shut out Nuemann 8-0
NAPLES — The rosters of both the Community School and St. John Neumann girls soccer teams are filled with freshmen and sophomores.
What separated the squads on Friday night in the Class 1A-District 10 championship match at the Seahawks pitch was experience.
CSN has a multitude of players participating for the Florida Fire Juniors U15 team, while the many of the Celtics' players are new to the sport.
That gulf in experience became quickly apparent as Community School earned its second straight district title, defeating Neumann 8-0. When Seahawks junior midfielder Vickie Diamond booted the ball past the Celtics goalkeeper barely four minutes into the second half, the match was stopped, citing the mercy rule.
"Everything started off picture perfect," CSN coach Jenna Goldszak said. "Right from the whistle the girls were fired up to play."
Freshman Karen Rogge, who picked up the sport at 3 years old and is also a member of that Fire squad, got the Seahawks on the board first with a goal eight minutes into the match.
Her teammate on CSN and the Fire, Madison Moses, another freshman, scored a minute later. She found the back of the net again just three minutes after her initial goal to give Community School a 3-0 lead.
With the win, the Seahawks (14-3) earned home-field advantage in Wednesday's regional quarterfinal match against Canterbury School, which lost to Evangelical Christian in the 1A-9 final on Friday.
"We always tell our girls how special it is to play these games at home and to protect our home," Goldszak said.
The Celtics (5-12-2) will travel to Evangelical.
Besides Moses and Rogge, other CSN members of the Fire team, which is on a break this week, are Camilla Soechtig, Abby Kastroll, McKenzie Pearson, Tatianna Zuluaga and Alex Maxson.
Kastroll and Maxson also added scores for the Seahawks, and Rogge added a second. Madeline Duffy also scored for CSN.
"We know how to play with each other," Moses said. "The team really worked well together."
Despite the loss, Neumann coach Ray Grzywinski felt good about his squad, which consists of three freshmen, nine sophomores and one senior.
"We're a very young team," said Grzywinski, whose team won the district two seasons ago. "Some girls have never played the sport before. We came on at the end of the season. We're coming along."