With a combined record of 15-0, it was a matchup of girls’ soccer elite in Miami-Dade County under the lights on Monday night when Coral Reef and Miami Springs squared off at Stafford Park in Miami Springs.
And when it was over, it was the Barracudas, ranked No. 2 in the county, who walked off still perfect following a 3-0 victory over Miami Springs to improve their record to 7-0 while Springs, ranked No. 3, fell to 9-1. Lourdes is the No. 1-ranked team.
With the halftime whistle about to blow, the game was still scoreless when Reef broke through. That’s when Bianca Mandrini fed a perfect centering pass to Paige Nunez (the coach’s daughter) in front of the net. She then knocked it past Springs keeper and FIU commit Brianna Gomez.
Coral Reef put the game away in the first 10 minutes of the second half when Rayquel Berry turned on a shot from a severe left angle and found the top right corner of the net in the 47th minute and, five minutes after that, Mandrini knocked one home to complete the scoring.
▪ Coral Reef 2, South Dade 1: Austen Maysonet goal. Rafael Miranda goal.