The Out-of-Door Academy girls soccer team's dream season came to an end Thursday as the Thunder fell to visiting Fort Myers Evangelical Christian 5-0 in a Class 1A-Region 2 quarterfinal.
"We had such a great season. Our goal was to win a district title, and we were able to accomplish that," Thunder head coach Bill Unzicker said.
ODA trailed 1-0 at the end of the first half behind the strong play of goalie Chloe Spingler.
Spingler, an eighth-grader, shut out Saint Stephen's last week, helping the Thunder lock up the first district title in school history, but she wasn't able to keep the magic alive against the Sentinels.
Evangelical Christian (16-7-1) scored four second-half goals, using a balanced attack.
ODA (11-5-2) had a few opportunities to get on the board but wasn't able to convert. Midfielder Katie Lang just missed on a direct kick that would have tied the game 1-1.
"Once we got behind, we had to take some chances, which opened us up ,and they were able to take advantage and score," Unzicker said.
Carky Dragich made it 2-0 with a gorgeous shot from the far post followed by Kylee Rullo's pushing the Sentinel lead to 3-0.
"They just had it going; their goals were legit and we played it the best we could," Unzicker said.
Evangelical Christian scored two more goals in the final 12 minutes of play, putting the game out of reach.
The Thunder will return a young core, led by Natalie Gorji, a seventh-grader who finished the season with 16 goals.
"She's special. Natalie gave us a spark this season that really gave us the momentum to get to this point," Unzicker said..
COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF NAPLES 6, SAINT STEPHEN'S 1 -- Veteran leadership guided the host Seahawks past the Falcons in a Class 1A-Region 2 quarterfinal.
The Seahawks (20-1-0) steamrolled the Falcons (9-7-1) with a heavy offensive attack, which struck early and often in the first half.
Abby Kastroll, the Seahawks' only senior, and junior Tatiana Zuloaga led the offensive charge. Zuloaga scored Community School's first goal just over three minutes after the opening whistle blew.
The Seahawks made the most of a direct kick opportunity midway through the first half. Kastroll sent a pass around the wall to junior Alex Maxson, who buried the ball into the back of the net.
Two minutes later, Zuloaga flipped the ball over the head of the Falcons' goalie for her second marker of the game, which gave the Seahawks a 3-0 lead.
Kastroll scored her first goal of the night around the 28-minute mark of the first half, but this time Saint Stephen's answered back. Kelsey Leskinen beat Community School's junior goalkeeper to cut the Seahawks' lead to three.
However, Kastroll made sure she had the last word in the half. She fired a shot past the Falcons' goalkeeper -- thanks to an assist from Zuloaga -- to give the Seahawks a 5-1 halftime lead.
LARGO 8, BAYSHORE 0 -- Kieley Buckowski finished with a goal and two assists, while Kyla Kreemer registered four goals to raise her season's total to 28, as the host Packers (16-6-1) knocked out the Bruins in a Class 3A-Region 3 quarterfinal.
Bayshore (8-8-1) ended its season with a first trip out of the district since 1995.
-- Herald correspondent David Gaulman and The Naples Daily News and Tampa Bay Times contributed to this report.