BOYNTON BEACH — Jensen Beach did something as special as the football team when he came to Palm Beach County wearing a teal soccer jersey in the Jacksonville Jaguars colors.
After falling behind 1-0, the Falcons scored three goals in the final ten minutes of the first half to secure a 3-2 victory on Tuesday and clinch their first district championship since 2009.
Gavin Hart and Jack James scored two goals to clinch the 13-4A division title and extend their record to 8-3-1. Shane Knoll scored and assisted for American Heritage (8-6-2) in a game played at Somerset Canyons.
“It’s really big not having a trophy here since 2009,” Hart said.
After trailing 1-0 with 3 minutes to go, Jensen Beach started to take better action with 28 minutes remaining.
It finally paid off when Halte crossed the ball from left to right and Husling’s James easily punted into the open right side of the net to tie the game at 1-1 with ten minutes remaining until the first intermission. I was.
After the tying goal, yells erupted in American Heritage’s defensive line, and Delray Beach’s team didn’t recover until late in the game.
No, the Falcons are not over. Three minutes later, Jahir Jean-Baptiste hit a left-footed 20-footer to give Treasure Coast School a 2-1 lead.
For the final encore, Harte and James rejoined. James took the feed on the right side of the net and easily tucked it in with 2:15 left.
AJ Diaz said, “We’ve lost a few times in our last four games, but we’ve talked about resilience and what we’re going to do to deal with this. We’re a resilient team. is the reason why we have this trophy today.We lost goals in a few games, but we have lived up to it.”
American Heritage opened the scoring just three minutes into the contest when Noah connected with Nathaniel Bonaforte and tapped in.
Knoll scored with half an hour remaining on a shot deflected by a Jensen Beach player to make it 3-2, and American Heritage put pressure on Jensen Beach’s goal in the final minutes to equalize.
Boniforti and Jake Stansbury were kicking the ball in the mouth of the goal with five minutes remaining, but the Falcons goalkeeper stopped it and covered the ball to keep the win and start the teal celebration. .