Region boys soccer: Community School of Naples 4, St. Petersburg Catholic 1
NAPLES — A big dream for the St. Petersburg Catholic boys soccer team fell just one game short Tuesday night.
Thanks to a little offense from Brendan Miles and plenty of defense from everyone else on the Community School of Naples (26-1-1) team, the Seahawks clinched a berth in the Class A state final four with a 4-1 victory over St. Petersburg Catholic.
Community School won by applying pressure on the Barons’ goal almost immediately and neutralizing the Barons’ offense.
“We had a game plan early on to widen our offense and put pressure on their defense,” said Community School coach Eric Miles. “In the middle of the game, we started to play a little selfishly, but we made the adjustments at halftime.”
The Seahawks created problems from the start for St. Petersburg Catholic (15-2-1).
“It was a pretty even game except for the first 10-15 minutes,” said SPC coach Grant Criswell. “We lost it early in the game. They came out ready to play, and we were a little hesitant. (Community School) fought hard to control the middle, and we weren’t able to control it.”
The Barons couldn’t come through on CSN’s side of the field.
“We didn’t take advantage of our chances, and Community School did,” Criswell said. “We fought hard all night, just like we have all season.”
The Seahawks scored four minutes into the game. Brendan Miles took a great centering pass and put it past SPC goalkeeper Dylan Alagood to give CSN a 1-0 lead with 36:55 left in the first half.
Miles scored again from a tough angle for Alagood from the baseline to make it a 2-0 game with 28:22 left.
The Barons only occasionally penetrated the Community School end in the first half. Chris Childs made saves at 32:53 and 24:58, and had another shot dribble by him out of bounds. Otherwise, Childs was a lonely man for most of the game.
St. Petersburg Catholic almost scored on a corner kick at 26:14 but Childs and a CSN defender kept it out of the net.
The Seahawks made it 3-0 about midway through the third period when Aaron Harris booted in a throw-in from Will Crowell on the fly at 22:42.
CSN put it away when Nate Nascimento scored with 11:39 remaining in the game. Luke Travis helped the Barons avert a shutout when he scored two minutes later.
“The defense played great,” Miles said. “It was disappointing to give up the shutout late, but I was still really happy.”