RUSKIN — Robinson, undefeated in regular-season district play, is well aware of the fact that the Class 3A, District 9 title is its to lose.
“This is our time,” said coach Billy Helms, whose team lost in the district semifinals last year. “If we don’t win this, we’ll go catawampus. We’ll go sideways.”
The Knights (11-5-1) scored four goals in three minutes Thursday as they routed an overmatched Leto, the No. 4 seed, 6-0. Senior Charlotte Rothschild led the way with three goals and an assist.
“We were just trying to move the ball around better than we had in the past,” said Rothschild, who captained Robinson’s offense from her left midfield position. “We wanted to finish the game, but it was more about looking forward to tomorrow and prepare for the rest that we have ahead of us.”
The Falcons opted to drop all 10 players back on defense and did not register a shot on goal. It didn’t take Robinson long to find a hole, though, as senior midfielder Katherine King sent a straight-on shot from about 20 yards out over the hands of leaping Leto goalkeeper Mo Macaluso in the sixth minute.
Rothschild scored her first goal a minute later, then her second a minute after that, corralling loose balls on the left side of the box and sending them into the back corners of the net. She then fed freshman Laura Osorio a crossing pass to the right side of the box, which she buried as well.
“Their defense resigned to just stay back and let us keep coming,” Helms said. “And that’s fine, we’ll keep coming, and we’ll keep coming. The pressure will continue to be maintained. Always.”
Tonight the Knights face No. 2 seed King, a team they have shut out twice this season.
The Lions earned their spot in the final by defeating Lennard 2-0, the same score from their Dec. 16 regular-season meeting. After a scoreless first half that featured 13 King shots on goal, junior Maria van Olphen finally scored on a 25-yard shot in the 55th minute. Two minutes later, freshman Bailey McPhee dribbled the ball along the back line before feeding it in the box to van Olphen, who buried the close-range shot.
“We’re happy to be playing Robinson (Friday),” King coach Donnie Rooks said. “They got us twice during the regular season, so we’re going to give it a try.”