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Who's coming with me to Lockhart?

Calling all soccer fans!

Since I started covering Dade soccer four years ago, I can't remember the race to state being this wide open.

The first two years it was Sunset dominance. Then American emerged as the best team toward the end of last season.

Something similar might be happening right now with Coral Park, which has won 8 of 9 with one tie.

But Varela is the most intriguing team to me. Are they finally going to live up to the record and that talent and get to state?

Sunset, Killian, Columbus, Coral Gables, Miami Springs...even young Ferguson have a chance to do damage in the playoffs, but unless something changes, I see the Vipers or the Rams making a push to state.

Who's going to Fort Lauderdale Dade soccer fans?

For the girls, I'm going to go out on a limb and pick Lourdes.

Miami Springs and Coral Reef may beg to differ.

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Mikey

who cares about lockhart? where's the baseball preview?

Guillermo

Lourdes? who have they played? The best teams are in the South and some are private schools. Since we do not have a good source to review Lourdes opponents maybe someone can help. A healthy Coral Reef can play against the best and should make it far in Regionals. Miami Springs knows how to stay alive and win in penalties. Lourdes? I don't know.

j

who cares? american had a hot ass squad last yr, its too bad they suck now and wont ever have a team like that again

Lou

Lourdes would not even come close to Coral Reef or Miami Springs if they were to move on but I believe they will lose to Coral Gables in the district finals on Friday.

paula

lou, you were way wrong. lourdes beat gables. they did travel to a tourny earlier this season and did pretty well. i hear they play killian on thrusday, hope that goes good for them. i hope to see those girls representing dade county again. they seemed so happy last year.

Guillermo

Looks like lourdes will advance to the Regional final. They won a good game against killian and now the playoffs bracket helps them advance by playing a team that is not at a high level. The best team are in the South and Palmetto -Sunset and Varela would offer more competition than a Hialeah Miami Lakes- American & Goleman will. Coral Reef will have to play tough games throughout the regionals as they face Miami Springs than Lourdes in the Final. Coral Reef will depend on a total team effort.

SOCCER FAN

COME ON NOT ALL THE BEST TEAMS ARE FROM THE SOUTH, LOURDES SEEMS TO ALWAYS GET THE BEST DRAW, I DON'T SEE THEM PLAYING ANY GREAT TEAM FOR THE SEMIS-- THE REAL GAME TO WATCH WILL BE THE MIAMI SPRINGS/CORAL REEF MATCH UP. THOSE TWO TEAMS SHOULD BE PLAYING FOR THE FINALS AND IT SHOULD BE A VERY EXCITING GAME TO WATCH SINCE BOTH HAVE VERY GOOD TEAMS. GIVE US A BREAK ACCORDING TO LOURDES COACH THE ONLY WAY THEY GET ANY COMPETION IS TO GO OUT OF STATE TO PLAY. WELL WHEN THEY DID LOOK WHAT HAPPENED-- STICK AROUND DOWN HERE AND PLAY SOME OF THE TEAMS YOU REFUSE TO PLAY DURING REGULAR SEASON.

Guillermo

Miami Springs/Coral Reef was a good game. It had everything you can expect in a playoff game. Some great plays both on Offense and Defense. After two overtime it came down to penalties. Miami Springs never beat Coral Reef in the field but they sure have some skilled players that can shoot penalties. Great Job by Springs and hope they have rested. Lourdes now gets a Miami Springs team that I assume will have tired legs and Lourdes will have the advantage in that they should have fresh legs.

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lourdes won against springs with the best five minutes i have seen in recent soccer. their pks were very well and they looked great. i am so proud of these girls. we just need to keep that dam coach mouth shut bc he just talks poorly of his girls..

by the way andre lourdes can score.

soccer bum

Lourdes parents should claim the game on their tax forms this year as a gift. MS is by far the better team. Expect another 8-0 loss in the first half of the state game.

Guillermo

It seems that Lourdes had the best bracket to advance. They did not have to play back to back competitive opponents. If they would of played a competitive team the game before I think it would be a different game.
For Miami Springs they had the advantage the week against Coral Reef who had to play a talented Coral Gables Team. I enjoyed seeing good girls HS games and too bad its over. I hope Lourdes success and that they represent Dade County and win State.

SOCCER FAN

Miami Springs did not have the advantage over Coral Reef who r u kidding!! Borth of those teams Miami Springs and Coral Reef have good teams and the match up was pretty equal it was a hard fought win for the Springs and very well deserved they played a strong all around game. As for Lourdes, come on anyone at that game knows that Lourdes did not deserve the win. If you ask them (and they were honest) they would admit it too. Come on Springs shut down their leading senior scorer. The only shot in was on a PK Gift from the REF. By the way, maybe someone should let the ref know exactly what 2 minutes is???

people are stupid

Excuse me but lourdes deserved it. They have fought hard all season to get here. Talkign about a gift from god was Springs pk when it was clearly not a hand ball (that tied the game) then when they scored it was offsides even springs fans said so. springs scored with 1:15 left in the game and lourdes goal came 45 seconds after (i timed it)

i cant wait to see them play against eau gallie on wendsday and they have a better chance then springs would.

anyways the only competition that springs had to get to the regional finals was coral reef lourdes had harder games.

Guillermo

Miami Springs is a good team and the match vs Coral Reef 4 times (of which 3 ended in PK's and Reef won the 2-1 match after MS played Gulliver), though these teams gave us games to watch. Week 1 of regionals who is the tough opponent and who is the fill in.
American vs HML (Give me a break. )
Coral Reef vs Coral Gables (Tough game)
Miami Springs vs Goleman ( who r u kidding)
Lourdes vs Killian ( competitive )
Semi final round-
Miami Springs vs Coral Reef ( Tough game )
L vs HML (who r u kidding)L gets the break
Lourdes vs Miami springs ( look above.)
The 2 games were decided in PK. not a decisive victory.
We missed the Coral Reef vs Lourdes match. Those that say there is not Competition in High School were not at the New Balance Tournament. As for the brackets they need to have someone with desire for competitive games arrange them. Lourdes should of faced Coral Reef and Miami Springs since they claim no competition but no pride in the committee that arranges events. They gave Lourdes the easier road. Our district 16 6a has too many good teams and other districts are painful to watch.

SOCCER FAN

excuse me but dont know what game you were watching or what springs fans said the tying goal was offsides. First lets get something straight it was a hard fought game but the pk awarded to the Lourdes team was by far not a hand ball and should never have been awarded. Springs held Lourdes the entire game with out one earned goal. The game was over pretty much after the free kick by springs (yes we timed it!) Lourdes coach refuses to play any (outside district games, where on the opposite end SPrings has in the past and continues to schedule games out side their district), so to compare someones schedule is a pretty moot point. Springs is here and ready to play any team. As for the comment springs doesnt have any competition-- who besides a team from broward did Lourdes play that springs didnt schedule or try to schedule to play-- They played sunset, palmetto, killian, gulliver, coral reef a few times, shceduled a game with varela, (cancelled do to rain) Western high school (again cancelled due to weather) so that mistake is really by someone who either has no knowledge of the springs schedule or who thinks that playing the same teams (for Lourdes ) is a harder road. Anyway, the game is over Lourdes is moving on (however another stupid comment-- how can you say Lourdes would do better than Springs, Lourdes hasn't proved anything to merit that statement. SO go to Lockhardt and good luck You will need it your egos are big yet you havent proved yourself yet.

Lourdes Player

how about everyone stops hating on our team...yes everyone has had a hard season, and we may not have played some of the most challenging teams out there..but we did play some of them...we worked hard to get to where we got. there are so many injuries that we have had to work through and its just wrong for all of you to sit here and trash our team. its understandable that you are always going to want your team to succeed to the next level, but give credit where it is deserved. we worked our butts off and we deserve everything we accomplished. so please stop trashing our team because we went through a hard road to get there.

patrick khoury

yes i am bridgette khourys brother. you guys have absoultely no life talking crap about lourdes. all this talk and yet NO ONE beat them. had any one of your teams beat them you could sit here and claim they are not the best. they deserved everything they accomplished and they are a great group of girls. just because their coach runs his mouth doesn't mean they agree with what he says. they made it to states 2 years and a row...how many times have you guys gone? grow up and have some respect. miami springs is a good team and they will have their chance next year but there is no better senior class than the one lourdes had this year and they proved it these past 4 years only losing one game in dade county in all 4 years. good luck to all the teams next year but this year was their year and give credit where credit is due!

nut

no one is saying the girls aren't a nice bunch-- however, you and everyone else on the lourdes bandwagon should get a couple things straight, if other teams only played teams from their own district they could probably post a winning season also. tell the coach to put his money where his mouth is and play people outside your district; also before you moved to a harder division who the heck did you play in dade that wasany good. The small private schools you played did not have the talent like the sunsets, palmettos, americans, miami springs, varelas of the past 4 years. when everyone plays everyone the true talent will be apparent.

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