Prep boys soccer: Estero shuts out Cape Coral in 3A regional quarterfinal

Estero celebrates a goal by Victor Godoy (21)  during a Class 3A boys soccer regional quarterfinal on Jan. 30, 2013 at Estero High School. Estero ousted Cape Coral 2-0. Kevin Johnson/Staff

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Estero celebrates a goal by Victor Godoy (21) during a Class 3A boys soccer regional quarterfinal on Jan. 30, 2013 at Estero High School. Estero ousted Cape Coral 2-0. Kevin Johnson/Staff

ESTERO — Willy Reyes is not a natural left-footed striker of the ball, but he certainly looked like one as he delivered the all-important first goal on Wednesday night.

Reyes' tally with 14 minutes left in the first half propelled Estero to a 2-0 win against Cape Coral in a Class 3A boys soccer regional quarterfinal in front of a raucous crowd at Estero High School.

Wildcats fans will have a chance to cheer at home again on Saturday when Estero hosts Immokalee in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. The teams met last week in the 3A-District 12 final, which Estero won, 1-0, in double overtime.

Estero (17-5-3), which hasn't lost at home all season, appears to be peaking at the right time.

"We're just fighting because we love the game," said Estero coach Chris Pinot. "We survive. We've got a big heart. We want to get to the states."

When Cape Coral failed to clear its zone, Reyes capitalized by using his left foot to belt the ball past Seahawks netminder Alex Collazo from about 20 yards.

"I've been practicing with my left on my own," said Reyes, a junior midfielder. "My coach always tells me my left needs to get better. I felt confident. I took the shot. I'm glad it went in."

Cape (17-4-3) never recovered. Its scoring chances for the remainder of the game were minimal, thanks in part to a suffocating Estero defense led by Juan Flores, Seth Myers, Enrique Paz and Peter Selesky. Estero backs were aggressive to the ball all night while preventing Cape from mustering quality chances.

"Our backs have been doing really strong. They stay on point. No mistakes back there. That's a great job they're doing," Reyes said.

An insurance goal by Victor Godoy in the 75th minute sealed the victory.

Estero's leading scoring Ricky Lopez, who had headers hit the post and the crossbar, left the game for about 10 minutes in the second half after being helped off the field due to an injury. He returned for the final few minutes.

Cape's best scoring chance came with 15 minutes left. Estero goalie Joaquin Cortes made a diving save on a clean, hard shot by Oscar Camacho.

Cortes posted his second straight shutout as he helped end Cape's season.

"I've got a very young team," said Cape coach Alda Nardiello. "I think the fact that we overachieved for most of the season set the bar kind of high. To be in these kind of pressure situations is a new situation for them. Take nothing away from Estero. They're a very good team. They scored a beautiful first goal. That put us at a disadvantage. We had to gamble at the end and we gave up that second goal."

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