Pembroke Pines Charter girls’ soccer on a roll. Plus Columbus basketball and more soccer

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The Pembroke Pines Charter girls’ soccer team, under the direction of Coach Lyndon Lemmers, is having a good season at 10-0-4.

The Class 5A Jaguars have defeated Coral Glades, Flanagan, Fort Lauderdale, Deerfield Beach, Cooper City, Cypress Bay, West Broward, Hallandale, Western and Everglades. They tied North Broward Prep, Stoneman Douglas, Pompano Beach and Cardinal Gibbons.

Cardinal Gibbons won state last season, and Pompano Beach is 15-1-1 this season.

Leading Pembroke Pines Charter is 2021 Miami Herald All Broward first team midfielder Sabrina Arujo. The senior signed with NCAA Division I Northwestern University in Boston.

Another team leader, Eliana Salama, also a Miami Herald All Broward first teamer, signed with SMU and recently left the team because of early enrollment.

Pines Charter features three seniors this season with many underclassmen. Leyla Molina is the other senior. A forward, she signed with Alabama A&M.

Juniors and three-year starters Carina Pau and Natali Brito anchor a very strong defense, which has recorded 13 shutouts.

Goalkeeper Madison Cassanova, an eighth grader, has totaled 11 shutouts, and Gianna Burbrdige, a freshman, is second on the team in goals scored.

Pines Charter reached the region semifinals last season, where it lost to state qualifier Archbishop McCarthy in overtime.

This season Pines Charter is in the same district with that solid Archbishop McCarthy program, coached by Mike Sica. On the region loop, most likely, is another consistently formidable foe, Plantation-American Heritage with Coach Cindy Marcial.

On Tuesday, Jan. 18, Pembroke Pines Charter hosts the always strong St. Thomas Aquinas under the guidance of Carlos Giron at 5 p.m.

Speaking of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Raiders recently edged Archbishop McCarthy 2-1. Player of the Game Gabrielle Stewart and Genesis Hernandez scored for St. Thomas Aquinas (14-1-1).

Last week listed some soccer teams to watch. Here are some others: Coral Gables boys, Gulliver Prep boys, Miami Beach boys, Ransom Everglades boys, University School boys, Lourdes girls and St. Brendan girls.


The Columbus boys’ basketball team (17-1) defeated host Norland 80-66.

Columbus continued its highly efficient play, shooting 60% from the field (30-of-50). The freshman trio of Boozer (Cayden), Boozer (Cameron) and Fragela (Benny) combined for 53 of the team’s 80 points.

Fragela, the sharpshooting guard, was 6-of-8 from the 3-point range for 20 points. Cayden Boozer had a double double with10 assists and 17 points. Twin brother Cameron also had a double double tallying 16 points and 11 rebounds. Garyn Bess finished with 13 points.

Columbus went into halftime with a comfortable 18-point lead, but Norland came out with a renewed purpose in the third quarter, putting up 22 points against a usually stingy Explorers defense. By the end of the quarter, Norland (8-6) cut the lead in half.

Norland’s sophomore scoring star Marcus Allen finished with a game-high 27 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter. His Vikings teammate, junior, Carl Parrish, contributed 14 points.

Leading by nine, Cayden Boozer’s 12 points in that final frame put the game away as he finished with a super-efficient 8-for-12 shooting from mid-range (66%).

On Wednesday, Jan. 19, Columbus travels to Pembroke Pines Charter to battle the Class 5A state champion Jaguars.

COL (80): Velasquez, J. 1; Boozer, Cay. 16; Miranda, A. 2; Bess, Garyn 13; Boozer, Cam. 17; Noriega, K. 3; Fragela, B. 20; Abdullahi, M. 8. NOR (66): Burts, C. 5; Allen, M. 27; Akinwole, A. 4; Wilson, T. 5; Parrish, C. 14; Swaby, L. 8; Ware, J 3. Half: COL 41-23. 3-Ptrs: Bess, Garyn 2; Noriega, K; Fragela, B. 6; Barts, C; Allen, M. 3; Wilson, T; Parrish, C. Asts: Boozer, Cay. 10. Rebs: Boozer, Cam. 11.

More Soccer

GIRLS: Florida Christian 3, Marathon 0: Giselle Thomas 1 goal, 1 assist; Kirsten Hernandez 1 goal; Annabelle Aquila 1 assist. FC (5-4-1).

GIRLS: LaSalle 1, Cardinal Gibbons 1: Valentina Mangles (LaS) 1 goal.

GIRLS: LaSalle 6, Coral Shores 1: Hanah Gonzalez 3 goals, 1 assist; Rebecca Baldelomar 2 goals, 1 assist; Deanna Prieto 1 goal, 2 assists.

GIRLS: LaSalle 7, Doral 1: Nikita Marino 2 goals; Bella de la Rosa 1 goal; Rebecca Baldelomar 1 goal; Nikki Nielsen 1 goal; Hanah Gonzalez 1 goal, 1 assist; Valentina Mangles 1 goal, 1 assist; Natalie Islami 1 assist. LaS (9-4-2).

GIRLS: Lourdes 1, Gulliver Prep 0: Olivia Borroto 1 goal; Gkp Stephanie Wyskowski shutout. LOUR (11-1-2).

GIRLS: Ransom Everglades 2, Miami Country Day 0: The Raiders improved to 10-4-1.

BOYS: Cardinal Gibbons 1, Somerset 0: Greg Priyen 1 goal; Danny Perret-Gentil 1 assist; Gkp Grant Rodriguez 6 saves, shutout. CG (12-1-2).

BOYS: LaSalle 1, Doral 0: Kike Sosa 1 goal; Gkp Manuel Lopez 6th shutout. LaS (8-1-2).

BOYS: Ransom Everglades 8, Miami Country Day 1: Josh Hoppenstein 3 goals; Caleb Carlson 1 goal; Felipe de Cardenas 1 goal; Dillon Kaye 1 goal; Daniel Daley 1 goal; Nicky Goldberg 1 goal. RE (10-1-3).

BOYS: St. Thomas Aquinas 2, Stoneman Douglas 1: Morgan Mathews 1 goal (assists Brandon Renaud, JJ Rodriguez); Zach Marino 1 goal (assist Desian Rodriguez). STA (12-5-3).

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Roundup compiled by Jim Varsallone