Posted: 2:28 pm Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Palm Beach Gardens, Glades Central boys’ soccer teams forfeit games because of ineligible players 

By Jeff Greer

Updated at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23
Palm Beach Gardens, one of the area’s top boys soccer teams, and Glades Central each forfeited significant portions of their seasons because they used ineligible players.

Gardens, which was ranked fourth in the most recent Post Top 10, forfeited 12 games. Glades Central forfeited 10. A spokesperson for the Florida High School Athletic Association confirmed the forfeitures Monday. Both teams played district tournament games Monday night.

John Jules, one of Gardens’ top players, is allegedly over the age limit (19 years and 9 months) for scholastic play in Florida, Gardens coach Francisco Lopez said. The paperwork the Haitian-born Jules filed with the FHSAA had a different birth year than the same forms he gave to Gardens administrators.

Lopez said Jules believes his Haitian birth certificate has a typo for his birth year, but Gardens still reported the violation to the FHSAA.

“It was very difficult for our team,” Lopez said. “When you build a team, you have to build some chemistry. Now we have to restructure our team again and try to form something new. But we have a strong team and a great group of kids and I’m confident that we can put it together.”

The losses pushed Gardens, which is considered a contender for the district title, into last place in the highly competitive District 9-5A. The Gators would have to beat Dwyer and then Seminole Ridge in the semifinals to reach the region playoffs.

Gardens played third-seeded Dwyer on Monday night in the opening round of the tournament.

Glades Central (3-7-1) played a player who was academically ineligible, according to the FHSAA. The Raiders are the lowest seed in the District 12-2A tournament and played Cardinal Newman on Monday night in the first round of districts.

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