FORT MYERS — The best-ever First Baptist Academy boys soccer season came to a halt in a Wednesday night Class 1A regional quarterfinal at rival Evangelical Christian.
The Sentinels got two first-half goals, and two more from junior Riley Escalle in the second half to move past First Baptist, 4-2, and into Saturday's regional semifinal at Community School (14-3).
First Baptist's season ended at 7-8-1.
"It was our first time in regionals, so the team made progress," said first-year First Baptist coach Phil Bates. "We'll look to build on that next year. We're just happy for the guys, glad they had a good season."
District 10 champ Evangelical (9-8-5) was playing without its leading scorer, Santiago Sanchez. Sanchez broke a leg in the last two minutes of the 3-1 district title win against Canterbury on Friday. Still, ECS had 10 shots on goal to six for FBA. Except for a 10-15 minute span in the first half, the game was played almost exclusively on the Lions' side of the field.
"It was a tough, physical game," fourth-year ECS coach Richard Wood said. "We always have a physical game against FBA. But all credit to them, they kept fighting."
With less than nine minutes to go in the first half, the stadium lights went out, causing a delay of about 25 minutes.
"I thought we played a good (first) half," Bates said. "It's unfortunate that we had a little bit of a break there with the lights. It changed momentum a little bit for us and we never got back on track.
"But ECS is a good team and we wish them luck."
First Baptist senior goalkeeper Paul Neptune had a busy night with seven saves.
"He made a couple of big saves for us," Bates said.
Evangelical got its first goal in the first five minutes from sophomore Hunter Fox, who found the left side of the net from about 10 feet out.
FBA tied it at 1-1 on a topspin, 35-yarder from freshman Colvin Warburton, but Grayson Wilkes' goal gave ECS a 2-1 lead at intermission.
Escalle took over in the second half, making it 3-1 on a sharp shot to the right at the 27-minute mark. Fox got the assist.
Escalle, a defender playing striker for the first time in his life, got a breakaway goal with 13 minutes left to make it 4-1.
FBA senior Dakota Tomasi finished the scoring in the last two minutes.