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TAMPA — The first goal of Wharton freshman Martin Ozores’ varsity career warranted not only a few hand slaps, but a trophy.
Ozores’ goal inside the box, on a textbook feed from Alex Noble, with roughly 15 minutes to play lifted the Wildcats (12-3-1) to a 2-1 triumph Tuesday night against Gaither (11-3-1) in the final of the eight-team Wharton Invitational.
“Noble just put a wonderful one-touch volley out of the air into his path,” said Wildcats coach Scott Ware, who possesses a state title but never previously won his own tournament.
“I didn’t know what to do after the game. I’m usually up in the press box getting the trophy ready to give to the winner.”
Sophomore Jordan Lue had the Wildcats’ first goal, giving him two on the day. The other came in a breathtaking 2-1 morning semifinal win against Steinbrenner, clinched on Ize Cadet’s goal directly in front of the net during injury time.