Prep girls soccer: Barron Collier, Community School, Naples, St. John Neumann ready for regionals

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Naples' Kaci Thoman (13) gets tangled with Riverdale's Mariah Merrero Friday, Jan. 18, 2012 during the 3A District 12 title girls soccer game at Golden Gate High School in Naples, Fla. Riverdale blanked Naples 3-0.

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Corey Perrine/Staff Naples' Kaci Thoman (13) gets tangled with Riverdale's Mariah Merrero Friday, Jan. 18, 2012 during the 3A District 12 title girls soccer game at Golden Gate High School in Naples, Fla. Riverdale blanked Naples 3-0.

The Barron Collier girls soccer team has started a new run of district titles after seeing a lengthy streak snapped last year. Now the Cougars want to re-establish a similar streak in the regional playoffs.

Also in regionals, Community School and St. John Neumann will be looking for just their second victories in the state playoffs, while Naples High goes for its first since 2009.

All four local girls soccer programs start their postseason pushes today with the start of regionals. Semifinals are Saturday, and regional finals are Tuesday.

Barron Collier and Community School will play at home as district champs, and Naples and Neumann, as district runners-up, plays on the road.

The Cougars (11-9-1) had their streak of six straight district championships broken by Cape Coral-Baker last season. They got revenge last week by winning the Class 4A-District 12 crown, their 11th title in 13 years, over the Bulldogs.

Last season, Barron Collier's run of six consecutive regional quarterfinals wins also came to an end. The Cougars hope to earn another first-round victory when they host Venice.

"We want to keep the momentum going," said Barron Collier coach John Winfield, in the first year of his second stint coaching the team. "We finished strong this year. The girls are very excited being (in regionals) again and getting to play at home."

History bodes well for the Cougars. Barron Collier made the state playoffs for the 13th straight season. During that run, the Cougars won their regional quarterfinal match every time they won the district title. The only time they lost in the first round was 2005, when they finished district runner-up.

Community School (14-3-0) won its first district championship last season, a feat it repeated last week by winning a second straight 1A-10 title. Now the Seahawks would like to duplicate another first from last year — a regional victory.

The Seahawks beat Canterbury 8-0 in last season's quarterfinals for the program's first win in the state playoffs. Now Community School faces Canterbury again, looking for the same result.

"It was exciting for us to win a district championship again," second-year Seahawks coach Jenna Goldszak said. "Now I have to bring (the players) down after celebrating and get them focused on the next task, which is beating Canterbury."

After missing regionals for two straight years, Naples (17-3-1) had a stellar regular season. However the Golden Eagles enter the state playoffs after having an 11-game losing streak ended in the 3A-12 district final.

Coach Frank Frostino said his team needs to regroup and refocus before starting regional play. Naples plays at 3A-11 champion Cape Coral-Mariner in the quarterfinals.

"I don't know much about them, just the stats that we see on MaxPreps," Frostino said. "We haven't played Mariner in two or three years."

St. John Neumann (5-11-1) has a young team this year, but is in the 1A regionals thanks to a victory over First Baptist in the 1A-10 semifinals.

The Celtics drew a tough assignment — they must play at Evangelical Christian (20-1-0). The Sentinels beat Neumann 8-0 in the regular season.

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