Coral Glades High School may have limped into the District 12-7A tournament riding a three-match losing streak, but since then, they have made school history.
Hamza Fares and Giovannie Garcia scored within a five-minute span of the second half as the Jaguars (8-6-4) won the first boys soccer district championship in school history with a 2-0 win over Monarch in the title game at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
“It feels good to make history,” said Robens Deius, Coral Glades High School boys coach. “We were expecting to do better during the regular season, but we didn’t. The boys have been playing very well in the playoffs.
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“When we went to the field, we had a good feeling we could win most of the games we played,” Deius added. “We felt we had the quality. We just kept making mistakes and doubting ourselves.”
Fares converted a 40-yard free kick in the 55th minute and Garcia followed that up with a goal off a counter-attack to make it 2-0 just five minutes later. Lewis Massingham came back from a head injury in Tuesday’s district semifinal to record 5 saves.
The game was almost a carbon copy of the team’s 2-2 draw with the top-seeded Monarch team a few weeks early. The Jaguars led 2-0 but gave up two goals in the final 18 minutes to escape with the draw.
“Almost the whole season was like that with us up 2-0, or 3-1 and have other teams come back on us,” Deius said. “This time we didn’t make any mistakes. I believe they can keep going and play with any team out there, no matter who they are.”