After Poinciana's boys won their district title on Wednesday, Celebration's boys and Harmony's girls made it three Osceola County champions on Friday, when they each beat George Jenkins in their District 5A-9 championship games.
Storm defends title in overtime
Celebration midfielder Nico Romano said Coach Chad Boudreaux calls his team "the Cardiac Kids".
It's probably because the Storm might send Boudreaux to the hospital if their trend keeps up.
After playing likely its worst half of soccer of the season and falling into a 1-0 hole, Celebration (18-1-2) found a second-half equalizer and exerted the dominance it use to reach last year's Class 5A semifinal in overtime to ground the Eagles (14-3-2), 3-1 on Friday at John Bushey Field.
"I hate overtime. But this team ... they just refuse to lose, and they do it on their own," Boudreaux said following Friday's match.
Celebration will host 5A-10 runner-up Jupiter in Wednesday's regional quarterfinal. It could host Jenkins in Saturday's semifinal -- like it did last year.
Storm center midfielder Matuck Machado netted both overtime goals, and after the match was a little foggy when he tried to recount the match in his mind after the trophy ceremony.
"I'm not sure how it all happened, really," he said. "All I know is I got served two great balls and got to play them on net. We played with our hearts, our spirits. The fans lifted us up. We just wanted to win so bad."
Celebration found it hard to string solid passes together in the first half, and the situation got dire with Tyler Fine buried a cross from Jordan Heckler into the net midway through the first half. It didn't get much better for the Storm until there were 11 minutes left in the match.
Offensive pressure led to a corner kick and a header on net. Jenkins turned it away but Celebration maintained possession, and Romano was able to draw the Eagles' goalie out of position then drilled a shot past him from 14 yards to tie it.
"I had a window about the size of the ball to get it through, and it did," he said. "Championship finals are so different than other games. We're grateful to win and go on."
In overtime, Fernando Abreu streaked down the wing then played an incredible ball to Machado, who directed into the net with less than a minute left in the first 10-minute OT. In the second period, Gabe Pinheiro flicked a no-look heel pass to Machado, who got in 1-on-1 and scored an insurance goal.