BlueJacket boys and girls soccer recap for the 2018-19 season
The Admiral Farragut Academy Boys and Girls Soccer teams had an amazing 2018-2019 season!
The Boys Varsity Soccer team recently completed their most successful season in school history. The boys soccer team competed in the Sunshine State Athletic Conference this year. They went 4-0 in their division to clinch the number one seed in the SSAC tournament. The boys reached the SSAC finals after defeating Legacy Charter School 8-0 in the quarterfinals and Windermere Prep 5-0 in the semifinals. In the SSAC finals, the boys lost a hard-fought game to St. Edwards 2-1. This would be their only loss on the season. The boys final record stands at 14-1, a monumental improvement from last season.
The team was led by senior co-captain goalkeeper Victor Castro, who played extremely well all season. Victor was the difference maker in several games and finished the season with six shutouts. Co-captain Justin Ariza, Jun Lee, Pablo Lescure, Miguel Banuelos and Evan Schlifstein all played outstanding defense throughout the year. The defense gave up only 11 goals all season.
The offense was led by senior forward Lliam Davis and junior midfielder Vander Rocha. The two players combined for 38 goals and 32 assists, leading the way in scoring. Hugo Alnebeck, Joao Pimenta, Alex Oi, Jared Ariza, Vinicius Rocha, and Dylan Miksch also contributed to the high scoring offense, which scored an average of 6 goals per game.
The boys soccer team will be graduating 12 seniors this year. They will be sorely missed, as their contributions have helped transform the soccer program. However, the team will be returning a core group of underclassmen whose experience and leadership should help next year’s squad try to match or better the accomplishments of this past season.
The Girls Varsity Soccer team battled injuries and tough opposition this past season to finish with a 5-6-1 record. The girls soccer team played in the Sunshine State Athletic Conference this season, securing a playoff spot by finishing second in their division. The girls lost a hard fought game in the SSAC quarterfinals to Windermere Prep. The girls completed their season with a 1-0 shutout victory over SSAC rival Bell Creek Academy. The girls team suffered numerous significant injuries this year, which makes their accomplishments that much more remarkable.
The girls were led by senior co-captain forward Sydni Bostik. Sydni scored 28 goals this year to easily lead the team in scoring. Sydni was the MVP for the offense and she is looking forward to continuing her dominant play at the collegiate level next season. Brielle Benefield, Casey Andrion, Melissa Diaz, and Yessica Johnson also contributed to the scoring production.
The defense was led by freshman Serena Vazquez. Serena did a tremendous job securing the middle of the field and making life very difficult for opposing forwards. Lilly Mozombite, Eileen Harreld, and Katerina Fe also played extremely well for the defense this year.
Senior co-captain Valentina Galliano stepped in and played outstanding in goalie for the team this season. Despite never playing goalie before, Valentina played the position exceptionally and always gave the girls a great opportunity to win.
The girls team will graduate five seniors this year. They have so much to be proud of, including having contributed to the girls soccer team’s first winning season last year. The girls will return a core group of underclassmen who will look to continue to improve the program and become better soccer players.