Almost a year to the day later, the Community School girls soccer team is in the exact same spot it was last season.
The Seahawks hope they're a year older, wiser and improved as they enter the regional semifinals. They're also hoping for a different result.
Community School (15-3-0) hosts Evangelical Christian (23-1-0) in a Class 1A-Region 3 semifinal tonight at 7. It's a rematch of last year's second-round playoff game when Evangelical Christian edged the Seahawks, 2-1. The winner faces either Melbourne Central Catholic or Melbourne-Holy Trinity. If CSN and Holy Trinity win, the game will be there; if CSN and Central Catholic win, Tuesday's regional final will be at Community School.
"We're not thinking about the last loss or last year," Community School sophomore Abby Kastroll said. "We're just thinking about this season, starting over again in the playoffs, and we just think we're going to win."
A year ago, the Seahawks were on the big stage for the first time. They won their first district title last season, followed by their first regional victory before losing to the Sentinels.
Armed with the experience of last season's run, Community School has repeated history by winning another district title and regional game. Now the Seahawks hope to advance to the regional championship for the first time.
"We're looking to get our revenge back," Seahawks second-year coach Jenna Goldszak said. "Hopefully this will be our year and our turn to advance. In soccer the ball can bounce either way. I think it will come down to who wants it more, who has more heart."
Today's semifinal also is a rematch of an early-season game Evangelical Christian won 4-3. It was a game Goldszak felt her team outplayed the Sentinels.
The Nov. 15 loss sparked the Seahawks, who haven't lost since. Community School has won 14 straight games, including winning all three postseason games by the eight-goal mercy rule.
While the Seahawks are hot, Evangelical Christian is on fire. Since losing their first match of the season to Fort Myers, the Sentinels have won 23 straight.
The Sentinels haven't just won, they've dominated. They average more than six goals a game while giving up just 16 goals all season. Evangelical Christian has allowed four goals its past 15 games, which includes 13 shutouts.
"It's going to be a tough game," said Karen Rogge, one of seven freshmen starters for the Seahawks. "We have a history with them. It's been neck and neck. Skill-wise and physically, it's pretty even between us ... but I'm pretty sure we can come out with the win."
Correspondent Scott Clair contributed to this report.