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DADE CITY — Land O’Lakes freshman Brooke Silvest is a girl of few words.
Coach Vicky King isn’t even sure if the young midfielder has ever spoken at any of the Gators’ practices or first couple of games.
But Silvest’s actions Wednesday night spoke volumes, as she scored two second-half goals to lift Land O’Lakes 2-0 past Pasco at W.F. Edwards Stadium.
“I don’t think we have even heard her talk yet,” King said. “She’s going to be a very good player for us. We have put her at several different positions and she is a great asset to the team.”
Land O’Lakes (1-1) had some chances early, with senior Kayla Robinson breaking into the Pasco (0-2) box and having a couple close shots on goal.
With both teams deadlocked at the half, someone had to catch a break in the second half.
And in the 53rd minute the Gators got it, as Silvest received a deflected pass from junior Joelle Stewart and knocked it in past goalkeeper Jordan Freese (three saves) for the 1-0 lead.
Silvest added a goal in the 76th minute, sealing the Gators’ first victory of the season after a 6-1 loss to Gulf the night before.
“We had a lot of chances and I was able to finish a couple of them,” Silvest said. “It’s good that we were able to pull it together after the other night.”