After winning the 3A-11 district title and defeating the number one seeded team, Cape Coral, the Mariner Tritons entered the 3A-3 regional quarterfinal hoping to replicate their success.
However, Mariner's winning ways and season ended after a 2-1 double overtime loss to Immokalee.
"I couldn't be more proud of the way they played," Mariner Coach Martin Cardenas said.
"We hustled, we pressured, we created opportunities and we played great defensively, but things don't always go our way."
"A simple play like an out of bounds play going in the wrong direction ends up keeping us from going to penalty kicks, which I thought we had a pretty good chance off."
In the game, Yves Gomez scored the first goal for either team in the 30th minute to put the Indians (17-2-4) up one until almost 30 minutes later. This was when an Immokalee yellow card put Martin Garza up to the line for a penalty kick. Garza buried the equalizing shot behind the goalie to tie the game 1-1 in the 59th minute.
Neither team would score until stoppage time in the second overtime, when a Gomez corner kick set up a goal by Jose Mandujano to send the Indians to the Regional Semifinal against Estero on Saturday.
Now, the Tritons (16-6-5) enter next season without eight of their seniors who anchored a defense that averaged less than a goal a game.
"We lose some hard-nosed, tough seniors and that's going to be hard to replace," Cardenas said.
"But every year we lose eight guys and this year is no exception, so we'll see if these young guys can learn from what those guys did and move forward."