Broward High Schools | MiamiHerald.com
“As far as opening acts are concerned, Diego Cardona may have wanted to send the script back to rewrite.
The North Broward Prep soccer coach’s leading scorer? Out with a bum back.
Three other starters? Sidelined with the flu bug.
Yet there was no delaying the start of the District 13-3A boys’ soccer tournament, so hobbled or not, the otherwise high-powered Eagles had a game to play Wednesday night.
And play they did, beating overmatched Coral Springs Charter 6-0 at Coral Glades High School.
”My team is a melting pot,” Cardona said. “We’re made up of Latin kids, European kids and Asian kids, and they’ve all been playing together since seventh grade. It’s a North Broward Prep product.”
With the win, North Broward Prep will face Pine Crest — which beat Pompano High School 1-0 in overtime Wednesday — in the district finals Friday.
Jose Vega scored twice, and Xavier Silva and David Montes both notched a goal and an assist for the Eagles.
With a good chunk of their starting lineup missing, victory wasn’t assumed. Leading scorer Felipe Noguerol, a sophomore forward, missed the game after hurting his back in North Broward Prep’s 2-2 tie against Monarch last Friday.
Seniors Gabriel Galinsky, Albert Essaye and Nick Tingley all were out sick.
At first, they were missed. But after a ragged first 25 minutes, North Broward scored four goals late in the first half.
Forward Bryan Lima broke the scoreless tie when he squirted a goal around the right post with 14 minutes, 30 seconds left in the first. A minute later, junior Edgar Escobar darted through a sedentary defense and blasted in another goal.
Frustration set in for Coral Springs Charter, which pulled down Lima inside the box soon thereafter. Montes made good on the penalty kick, stretching the lead to 3-0.
Then, just before the half, Vega followed his own rebound with North Broward Prep’s fourth goal of the half.
Silva scored again shortly after intermission, and Vega added his second midway through the second half.
North Broward Prep improved to 17-1-3 and lived up to its lofty billing. The Eagles are tied for 10th in Region I (Southern schools playing winter soccer) in the latest NSCAA/adidas rankings and ranked 34th nationally by ESPN.
The NSCAA/adidas poll came out Tuesday, but Cardona didn’t tell his team about it until after the game Wednesday. The coaching staff then took the rankings and lit them on fire — to prove they were meaningless without a title.
”Our goal is to win state,” Vega said.
After Wednesday, they’re one step closer to a Hollywood ending.”
A great article to go with last night’s victory. It’s also a nice addition to recent press we’ve had: 3 of our boys made it into the “Top Performers” in the Sun Sentinel for 20-27 January
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