VIERA – Viera High senior Hope Leonard counted 11 times she’s played Melbourne in girls soccer, and she acknowledged that — no matter how good the Bulldogs are — it is always one of “the” events of the season.
“There’s just an aroma about the game. You feel it coming.”
The Hawks often have not fared well against the rival Bulldogs, but Viera maintained its strong 2014-15 season on Wednesday, winning the District 6-4A title, 2-0. After two early goals, the two teams locked the scoreboard the rest of the night.
“I think we got more defensive,” Viera junior Jordan Walsh said, “but they also played it tighter in the middle.”
That was the only district final in Brevard County on Wednesday. Three more will be played Friday. In 8-2A , Cocoa Beach (14-3-1) will host No. 1 seed West Shore at 7. The Minutemen scored about 20 minutes into their Wednesday semifinal and held on, 1-0 over Edgewood. West Shore (12-5-1) had earlier defeated Astronaut, 3-0.
“The key was to be relaxed, keep the ball and wait for opportunities,” Wildcats coach Teresa Moon said. “When you have wind like this, you tend to want to play forward, forward, forward.”
Holy Trinity will host the District 10-1A final, also Friday at 7, after a 9-1 win over The Pine School. The Tigers ended the game nine minutes early with the eight-goal advantage.
Viera, however, had to fight until the end. Leonard and Hollyn Knight scored the goals, while Sydney Lau made seven saves.
“We’ve always played our best against them, and they’ve always played their best against us,” Hawks coach Courtney Lundy said. “We also know we’re always up against two very good coaches.”
Merritt Island, the host for District 12-3A, defeated Titusville, 3-0 on Wednesday, and will host the final on Friday against 13-4-2 Satellite, a 1-0 winner over Rockledge.