By: Matt Rothman
It was an incredible run for three high school varsity teams in Parkland, with three teams all making Regionals.
Between the Marjory Stoneman Douglas boys and girls soccer team and the boys basketball team, MSD combined to finish the season 47–14-4.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas boys soccer team finished the season with a record of 11-4-3 but had three of those losses come against Monarch High School. The Knights beat the Eagles in the opening game of the season as well as the District Championship and Regional Quarterfinal on Wednesday.
Senior captain Tomer Yair finished the season as the top goal scorer. He has ten goals and eight assists and is headed to play college soccer at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. The Eagles had six other incredible seniors Victor Batista, Shadi Buchanan, Robbie Alhadeff, Robert Hugus, Joaquin Gonzalez, and Mauricio Jimenez.
Jose Inojosa, Elan Jan Saranga, Jose Gabache, Jayveer Selvaraj, Henrique Smith, Coby Alhadeff, Daniel Tiplea, Alex Arbulu, Andrew MacBride, Alessandro Rocha, Jonah Burke, Soren Chris Jacobson, Juan Penaranda, Keanu Nguyen, and Robert Hugus are all set to return next year.
With their 11 wins, which was the most they have had since the 2015-16 season, MSD outscored their opponents 40-14 this year. They will also return a large part of their team next year, hoping to make it back to Regionals and compete for a State Championship.
The girls soccer team had their season end in the Regional Final. They went 16-2-1 this year, with their only loss coming against St. Thomas Aquinas in the regular season. They then went on win a pair of games in the District Championship before defeating South Dade Senior High School and Miami Palmetto Senior High School. However ended up falling to 1-0 against Cypress Bay, allowing their first goal in two months.
Without a senior, Grace Dykstra led the team with 14 goals, while Layla Segelnick had 11. Freshman Breanna Gordon and Alexa Jourdan combined for 15 goals. Addison Krajczewski, Emma Mcgregor, Taylor Le, Jackie Destafano, Sophia Lowry, Neima Bien-Aime, Emily Rodriguez, Katelyn Campanella, Morgan Goldman, Laina Engelbart, and Jackie Destafano scored goals, with the Eagles outscoring the opposition 70-8 this year. Ella Stevens also shined in net for MSD.
“I love these girls and will remember their youth and excitement to play, and their work ethic and desire to get better,” said Head Coach Laura Rountree. “They were great teammates, got along well, and were so fun to coach. I will miss seeing them every day and look forward to next year already.”
After falling 81-80 in the first meeting, the two basketball teams adjusted defensively though MSD fell 42-40. Head Coach Teddy Lyons could not say enough good things about his team and the nine seniors
“This group of kids is absolutely special,” said Lyons. “They taught me just as much about coaching as I taught them about playing. These nine seniors were so special to be around, and I will miss being around them.”
This was also the final game for seniors Damerius Summers, Dylan Stettner, Evin Jenkins, Jack Servaites, Jhalen Phang, Nick Frazier, Tripp Davis, Jordan Thomas, and Jayden Joyner.
Jaheem Smith, Kevin Thomas, Brady Keubler, Yousuf Sajil, Ayden McLean, Ben Rothenberg, Jack Servaites, and Ethan Schwartzman are coming back next year.
“Everybody has got to take bad taste we have in our mouths and focus on getting better,” Lyons added. “The difference is the work. Everyone that was a part of the game has to get better. The ultimate goal is to compete and win State Championships.”
- Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism and then graduated from the University of Florida as a graduate student.
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