Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

5A region soccer: Naples Gulf Coast 1, Freedom 0

TAMPA — Freedom (11-2-3) was not able to repeat its shootout heroics from a week ago as Naples Gulf Coast (14-3-3) nailed four of its five penalty shots to win 1-0.

The game was a defensive struggle that featured nearly five hours of soccer and three different playing fields. Scoreless through regulation and overtime the teams only managed nine combined shots with five of them coming in overtime.

Stephanie Rodriguez sealed the victory for the Sharks. She was the fifth shooter and rifled a perfectly shot ball in the bottom right corner, past the diving effort of Freedom goalkeeper Emily Ball. Rodriguez was the fourth consecutive shooter to score for the Sharks.

Although only facing five shots through regulation and overtime Gulf Coast keeper Kaeta Choquette stepped up when it mattered most, denying two penalty kicks.

Freedom High School was the scheduled host site for the regional matchup, but the teams were forced move to the University of South Florida soccer field due to power outages at Freedom.

Regulation was decided at USF before a circuit breaker blew, which led to an hourlong delay before the decision was made to move the teams, once again. Wharton was the third and final site for the game.

5A region soccer: Naples Gulf Coast 1, Freedom 0 01/28/11 [Last modified: Friday, January 28, 2011 12:31am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. College World Series: Gators, LSU face off in all-SEC finals


    OMAHA, Neb. — The matchup for the College World Series finals bolsters the case for those who say the best baseball in the land is played in the SEC.

    Florida’s Brady Singer, delivering during a CWS win over Louisville last week, is scheduled to start tonight against LSU.
  2. Jones: Fox Sports Sun shows depth in Rays coverage

    TV and Radio

    tom jones' two cents

    Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst from a weekend of televised sports.

    Best coverage

    Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) makes a run home for a score in the in the final game of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays and AL East rival the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, June 25, 2017.
  3. Brian Boyle says returning to Lightning a 'huge option'


    As former Lightning forward Brian Boyle approaches free agency this week, he said he's trying to stay busy.

  4. Rays journal: Blake Snell to rejoin rotation, Erasmo Ramirez heads to bullpen

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — LHP Blake Snell is rejoining the Rays' rotation, but the move has as much to do with helping the bullpen as it does with Snell's improvement during his time at Triple-A Durham.

    Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Erasmo Ramirez (30) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday, June 21, 2017 in St. Petersburg.
  5. Rays' bullpen stars lit up in loss to Orioles

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Saturday it was the soft underbelly of the bullpen that let one get away from the Rays, incurring the wrath of the team's faithful followers, who wondered why the high-leverage guys weren't pitching.

    Rays closer Alex Colome, coming in with the score tied in the ninth, allows three runs in his second straight poor outing.