Naples High falls to Mariner
Scenes from Class 3A regional quarterfinal.
CAPE CORAL — The Naples High School girls soccer team's playoff run came to an end Wednesday night with some what-ifs, might-have-beens and if-onlies. Though the Golden Eagles had several chances, they dropped a Class 3A regional quarterfinal contest to Mariner, 3-1.
The Eagles had a flurry of offense midway through the first half. They did just about everything with the ball except get it in the net. A sharp-angled shot missed right, a low shot from right in front missed left, a running shot against one defender missed right, and a turnaround near the penalty kick line missed left.
"You can live in the other team's half for a large part of the game and it doesn't go in, and they have a few chances and they capitalize," Naples coach Frank Frostino said. "That's the great thing about soccer, and the worst thing about soccer."
To compound the frustration, the Tritons scored at the end of the Naples run. Alejandra Muro-Solis juked right and drilled a shot to the right side.
It took a deep shot from a defender to get Naples on the board. Brooke Faulkner booted a high floater that came down out of the reach of Mariner goalie Alexis Restrepo, tying the game at 1-1 in the first half.
The Tritons came back with renewed purpose in the second half, taking the initiative. Two goals about a minute apart from each other ensured the game's result.
"The second half, we just turned around and kicked it with no focus," Frostino said. "I don't know what switched at halftime."
The season ended with a 17-4-1 record for Naples. With only four seniors graduating, Frostino expects this season's success to carry over.
"The freshmen are learning, and we have six juniors who have been starting since they were freshmen," Frostino said. "The future is bright, but I feel upset for the seniors."