Boca Raton takes a halftime lead after a goal in the 26th minute and another in the 40th of its Class 6A semifinal showdown with Varela.
A stiff wind from the staff put the team attacking that direction at a distinct
In the first half, that team was Varela.
Boca Raton controlled the action for the game's first eight minutes, but the Vipers
fought through the breeze -- and the Bobcats' defense for two fantastic opportunities.
Both went for naught.
The first was a shot on goal through traffic by Jaime Restrepo. Boca keeper Jon Ross
was able to fight off a screen and make the save.
The second chance should have been a goal. Varela's Joseph Alex headed a ball that Ross
deflected; Alex blasted a rebound that hit the post, and then a teammate took another shot
that was stopped by a Boca defender.
Then in the 26th minute, Boca Raton proved why it's so highly touted.
Three Bobcats pushed past the Vipers' broken down defense and scored on a cross from
Justin Diaz to Sevin Barnes. Boca Raton 1, Varela 0.
Then with just 14 seconds left in the half, Boca Raton struck again. Lucas Diniz pounded through a corner kick from brother Vinicius Diniz, setting up the 2-0 advantage.