District 19 – Gulf Coast Continues to Dominate, Immokalee Still Chases

 

District 19 has been the personal possession of Gulf Coast ever since I remember.  Last year was a good season on paper, looking at the record, but there wasn’t a lot of ‘meat on the bone’ when it came to the toughness of the schedule and that kept them from being ranked in the Final poll, even with the 19-4 record.  Their one goal first round FHSAA win over Barron Collier, another team that struggled last season, was followed up by a 17-4 loss to Cardinal Mooney.

There’s not a lot I know about the team going into this year and Head Coach Brett Queener did not provide the questionnaire yet, but I have to go with them continuing to win this district until otherwise proven.  Immokalee, one of the great stories in Florida the past few years under Head Coach Scott Rickard, has managed to put themselves into the second slot in this 4-team district.  Golden Gate and Palmetto Ridge are also here but the goal differentials need major improvement.

Last season’s Regular Season records via MaxPreps (Note: possibility not all results were uploaded):

 

School Name *W-L *Pct. W-L-T Pct. GF GA
Gulf Coast 5-0 1.000 20-4-0 0.833 321 131
Immokalee 3-1 0.750 10-9-0 0.526 183 165
Golden Gate 2-4-1 0.357 3-11-2 0.250 45 186
Palmetto Ridge 0-5-1 0.083 0-14-2 0.063 25 167
  • * Denotes district data.

A few corrections and notes to the chart.  Gulf Coast won 19 games, one game was listed twice, a common error on MaxPreps.  The Golden Gate-Palmetto Ridge tie went 4 OT’s.  I assume the game was called for darkness.

 

Gulf Coast 19-4, lost in the FHSAA Round of 16

We have not received their questionnaire yet, we will update when we receive it

 

Immokalee 10-9, lost in the district final

Head Coach Scott Rickard has written in with:

What are your expectations this season for the team?

Our goal is play for the District Championship.

 

 

Who are the returning players who will make a difference this season?

Goalie: 2021 Noel Martinez (8.6 GAA/.545 SV%)

Attack: 2019 Raul Soliz (19G/17A) Committed to Alderson Broaddus

Attack: 2020 Juan Chavez (21G/8A)

Defender: 2019 Carlos Lopez

 

 

What players do you expect to step up this year that didn’t get much playing time last year?

M 2020 Andres Gijon

M 2019 Austin Aviles (5G/5A) last season

M 2021 Daniel Cardoza

What are the games you are really looking forward to this season?

We always look forward to our Spring Break trip.  We’ll be going to Orlando this season and play two games while up there (Evans & Ocoee). We will visit Universal Studios and volunteer at the Ronald McDonald house.

 

Golden Gate 3-11-1, lost in the district semifinals

We have not received their questionnaire yet, we will update when we receive it

 

Palmetto Ridge 0-14-1, lost in the district semifinals

Head Coach Paul Swartz sees a brighter future ahead for his program:

What are your expectations this season for the team?

Last year we only had two seniors and played a full varsity schedule. Although we did not win many games, we improved both our skills and our attitude as a program. We hope to build on our improvement and have a stronger showing this season.

 

 

Who are the returning players who will make a difference this season?

Goalie Jacob Van Natta, Defenseman Anthony Vazquez, Defenseman Allman Swartz, Middie Ty Taylor

What players do you expect to step up this year that didn’t get much playing time last year?

We had mostly sophomores! Ty Taylor (Middie),  Santiago Castro (Attack)

 

 

What are the games you are really looking forward to this season?

We are looking forward to playing our league games to help measure our growth as a program. The players always love the “Battle of the Gate” versus Golden Gate and they are looking forward to our road trip to Tampa.