By: Matt Rothman
Coral Springs Charter girl’s soccer won their first ten games of the season — then going on a six-game winning streak for a memorable win in penalty kicks in the District Semifinals.
However, they lost to Lake Highland Prep in Regionals during penalty kicks Tuesday night, which wrapped up CSC’s best season in school history.
By not winning Districts, the Panthers had to travel to Orlando to face a team that ranks first in the region and 22nd in the state.
Sophomore Emily Kahler scored the lone goal for the Panthers in regulation to give them a 1-0 lead at halftime before falling in the extra session.
Erin Dunne, Madison Micioni, Emily Kahler, and Sabrina Basso all scored in penalty kicks in the loss.
Upset that the season is coming to an end, Head Coach Kristin Grassi could not be prouder of what she calls her most favorite team she has ever coached.
“Every piece of the puzzle was critical to making this team one of my most special to date,” Grassi said. “This team is a family. They believe in each other. I treasure them as if they were my own kids. Coach Carlos and I are incredibly proud of the entire team.”
Offensively, the team was led by Kahler and Micioni, as well as and junior Bailey Sweginnis. Between the three of those players, they all reached double figures in goals and combined for 44 of the teams 96 goals this year.
Ireland Thigpen finished fourth on the team with nine goals, and both Pietra Zolla and Sophie Ribeiro had seven. Every player to get on the field this season scored at least two goals other than Emily Dunne, who had one goal and three assists from the backline.
In net, Kelsey Dunne played in all 22 games and allowed 19 goals all season with seven of them coming in penalty kicks. She still has two years left with CSC.
Despite their young group, Dagi Scarpetta, Haley Capplis, and Brielle Tedesco will all graduate after a tremendous season as the lone three seniors. The future remains exceptionally bright as well as their middle school team seems to be full of potential varsity players. That group won a League Championship back in January.
- Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is now attending the University of Florida as a graduate student.
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