SEMINOLE — Seminole’s season and the career of longtime coach Steve Kuplicki came to a disappointing end Tuesday night with a 1-0 overtime loss to Cape Coral Ida Baker. The Bulldogs scored two minutes into the second overtime to advance to Friday’s Class 4A state semifinals.
“That’s soccer,” Kuplicki said. “That’s the way it goes.”
Just two minutes into the second overtime, Ida Baker’s Monique Elliott broke free and had a clear shot. Warhawks goalkeeper Jackie Aiosa came out to cut off the shot and deflected it back into play. Elliott chased down the deflection and crossed to Alexsys Vargas, who was open in front of the goal. Vargas’ shot found the net before Aiosa could recover.
“This was a team victory for us,” Ida Baker coach Dave Trepowski said. “Vargas may have scored the game-winner, but everyone worked very hard against a very good team.”
There may not have been overtime if not for Ida Baker goalkeeper Amanda Vopale’s two key saves in the final minutes of regulation. With 14 minutes left, Seminole’s Jordyn Turner took an uncontested shot from about 15 yards that was saved by Vopale. She was even more impressive in extra time when Angela Chicchia’s shot was barely tipped over the crossbar by Vopale.
“Their goalkeeper made some really huge saves in the last 15 minutes,” Kuplicki said. “She was the player of the game, for sure. They were a scrappy team.”
Seminole (17-5-2) was without junior forward Gina Hayduke for the second straight game. She sustained a knee injury against East Bay last week.