Coral Glades High School boys soccer coach Robens Decius is hoping his Jaguars can make history on Thursday night.
Marvin Coleman scored three goals in a six-minute span early in the season half, while Robert Banghegysi scored the other goal for the Jaguars in a 4-1 win over host Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Tuesday in the District 12-7A boys soccer semifinals.
Coral Glades (7-6-4) will face top-seeded Monarch (11-4-5) for the district championship on Thursday. Monarch defeated host Coral Springs, 4-1 in the other semifinal.
Gabe Gersberg gave Stoneman Douglas a 1-0 halftime lead before the Jaguars scored four unanswered goals in the second half to snap a three-game losing skid.
Jaguars goalkeeper Lewis Massingham was injured in the early part of the game, so Simon Utrera finished off the game to preserve the win.
“This year I was expecting much better than we did in the regular season,” Decius said. “We don’t have that experience, and we were not disciplined throughout the season.
“For the last few games we have finally put it together, although the wins weren’t there,” he added. “We are more organized and more disciplined and hopefully we can play Thursday the way we can.”
Coral Glades has only reached the postseason twice in school history, in 2005 in Class 4A and in 2010 in Class 6A, both as the district runner-up. They are gunning for the first district championship in school history.
Monarch has reached the postseason nine times, including 2009 when they fell 2-0 in the Class 5A state semifinals to the eventual state champion Palm Harbor University.
“Our focus, discipline, and organization has been very good lately for the entire game,” Decius said. “This will be a fun one for us.”