Coral Springs High School has advanced to the District 12-7A semifinal with a come-from-behind, 2-1 (4-2 PKs) victory over visiting Deerfield Beach High School in a play-in game.
“Coach (Frantz) Edouard from Deerfield always has his teams prepared to play,” said Coral Springs coach Randy Hulse. “We have coached many playoff games against each other when he was at North Miami and Deerfield. It is always a battle.”
Deerfield Beach struck first when senior Markens Armand scored in the 65th minute, however, Coral Springs managed to tie the contest and force overtime when junior Patrick Pinnock scored in the 76th minute to send the game to overtime.
After 20 minutes of overtime, the game was decided on penalty kicks, which Coral Springs won 4-2. Colts freshman Yago Ortiz scored what proved to be the game-winning penalty kick to send the team to the district semifinals.
The other penalty kick scorers for the Coral Springs High School were junior Michael Castillo, junior Jeffrey Torruela, and senior Cyrus Latimore. Juniors William Arieta and Fredson Mirthil converted their kicks for the Bucks (10-7-3).
The Colts will face top-seeded Monarch (10-4-5) at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (6-4-2) will face Coral Glades (6-6-4) in the other district semifinal at 4 p.m. The winners will meet in the final on Feb. 6.
“The last few games have been a challenge for us,” Hulse said. “We've been missing key starters at various positions due to injury. Our players have developed character throughout this process and are learning to come from behind to win games.
“The Deerfield Beach quarterfinal game was no different,” he continued. “Our players worked hard down by one goal and came from behind to win in penalty kicks. We are hoping to be healthy by the semifinal when we face a very tough Monarch squad.”
Coral Springs High School has won three games in a row to even its record at 7-7-2. The team’s last setback was a 3-0 loss to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Latimore leads the Colts with 10 goals and 11 assists. Monarch is coming off a 1-1 draw with Fort Lauderdale.
The last time Coral Springs and Monarch faced each other, the Knights prevailed 6-0 over Coral Springs. Coral Springs trailed in that contest at halftime, 2-0 and host Monarch then buried four goals in the second half for the 6-0 win.
Monarch is 13-1-4 in the series dating back to 2010. The lone win for the Colts was a 4-2 decision on Jan. 25, 2017.