LITHIA — Newsome coach Kelly Townsend said her team has been a notoriously slow starter this season, but in Monday night’s finger-numbing cold, it played like it was all too eager to get indoors.
The Wolves scored all of their goals in the first 30 minutes, running out to a 4-0 win over rival East Bay in a game featuring Class 5A-8 region qualifiers from last season.
Midfielder Shea Rhoney led Newsome (8-0, 5-0) with a pair of goals. She put Newsome on the board in the third minute, converting a feed from Taylor Decaire. And after Liz Haumschild’s goal in the ninth minute, Rhoney scored again in the 21st minute.
Florida recruit Karina Gutsche finished the scoring with a 25-footer in the 29th minute.
“It usually takes us about 20 minutes to get organized and into the game before we start playing the way we know how to do,” Townsend said. “I was definitely surprised, but it was good because I could give a lot of the starters a break for when we need them later in the week.”
The game over the Indians (4-3, 0-1) was the first of four in a five-day span.
Newsome actually could have scored more in the second half. Gutsche hit the post once and shot wide of the far post another time. Another Newsome shot in the 75th minute hit the crossbar.
“We’ve played very well as a team, and that’s been one of our strengths,” Townsend said. “We don’t have that one person they have to man-mark. You can’t man-mark 11 people on a field.
“But we definitely have a long way to go over the next four days.”