EAST LAKE — For the first month of the season, East Lake has been as impressive as any boys soccer program in the area.
The Eagles had not only won their first seven games under first-year coach Thurston Johnson, but they also had not allowed a goal.
Still, East Lake knew the real test came Monday against rival Palm Harbor University.
The Hurricanes were undefeated, too. PHU had played four fewer games but its perfect record to start the season came against a brutal schedule that included Wiregrass Ranch, Wharton and Seminole.
Those tough matches paid off as the Hurricanes maintained their dominance over their rival, winning 2-1.
It was the fifth time in the past six meetings PHU (4-0) had won in the series.
"All the wins are big, but this means a lot," the Hurricanes Liam Griffin said. "We always like to beat East Lake."
Griffin became the first player to score against the Eagles (7-1). PHU added to its lead with Lucas Gelep's goal.
East Lake prevented the shutout on a Kyle Carr goal as time expired.
It doesn't get any easier for the Hurricanes. They play Steinbrenner on Wednesday and Countryside next week.