VIERA – In Thursday night’s Class 4A regional quarterfinal match, organized, patient, industrious Viera took the opening kick, marched straight toward the New Smyrna Beach goal and never looked back. By the 51st minute of the match, the Hawks were on their way to a rematch with Melbourne, having hammered the ‘Cudas, 8-0.
“There was nothing we could have done,” New Smyrna’s Amanda Gois said afterward. “They were a much better team, a much more skilled team, an excellent team.”
Gois added that the ‘Cudas knew they would face a superior team and simply hoped to “stay in the game until the second half,” but Viera’s players said they took nothing for granted.
“The thing we say is, we respect all but fear none,” the Hawks’ Tori Clark said. “We came prepared for the game, as we come prepared for every game.”
Merritt Island High’s Kayli Jacobs takes a shot on goal during Thursday night’s game against Auburndale High in the regional game held at Merritt Island High’s Mustang stadium. Merritt Island won 7-0.
Added Kassidy Mills, “We take our games one at a time, and we happened to do very well tonight.”
Indeed the Hawks did, dominating the ‘Cudas at the back, in midfield and at the front and playing all over the park in a rout that could have ended earlier had three shots that struck the post and at least four other near misses gone in.
Hope Leonard found the net in the fifth, 10th and 12th minutes. After New Smyrna goalkeeper Kristian Shores hauled down the oncoming Leonard in the 15th minute, Hollyn Knight deposited the penalty kick for the fourth goal.
Less than a minute later, Walsh converted a ball from Fisher for the Hawks’ fifth, and Mollie Roe made it 6-0 (from Emily Ramsey) with 10 minutes left in the half.
Also in 4A on Thursday, Melbourne defeated Lake Nona 3-2.
Merritt Island shut out Auburndale 7-0, and will again face District 12-3A runner-up Satellite, which won at Lake Wales 3-1. In Class 1A, Holy Trinity advanced past Fort Meade 1-0, as Summer Rydson assisted a goal by Emily Morgan.
“I think they had five people on the back line, and when you’d get the ball they would swarm you,” she said. “They definitely played a defensive game.”
Cocoa Beach was eliminated from Class 2A contention with a 1-0 loss to Bishop Moore. West Shore was beaten 1-0 at Lake Highland Prep, which took the game in penalty kicks 4-2.
Tonight’s boys district soccer finals
All games at 7 p.m.
Melbourne at Viera
Merritt Island vs. Titusville at Palm Bay
Edgewood vs. West Shore at Astronaut
Holy Trinity vs. Pine School in Vero Beach