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Wed. December 14, 2011 | Joey Knight | Email

A familiar name in Plant City boys soccer appears poised to reach unfamiliar territory.

With 19 goals in his first seven games, Raiders center midfielder Cameron Roberts is on track to shatter the program's single-season record (31) set in 2007 by Steve Lalus. Roberts' latest prolific effort: a hat trick in Monday's 6-1 romp of Strawberry Crest.

"I would say he puts 80 percent of his shots on frame," said Raiders first-year coach Chris Black, whose team is 6-0-1.

Credit a fusion of heredity and hard work with Roberts' scorching start.

All three of his older brothers -- all Raiders alumni -- played college soccer, with Cheyne Roberts twice earning Division II South Region player of the year honors at Palm Beach Atlantic. Cheyne and Clay -- the oldest -- also have played professionally.

"He has above-average speed and is gifted technically," Black said. "He is a very good striker of the ball and makes the most of his chances."

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