VALRICO — With the Sarasota Holiday Classic this weekend, the district tournament looming right around the corner and neighborhood rival Bloomingdale across the pitch, Tuesday night’s match shaped up to be a big one for Newsome.
It turned out to be a no contest.
The Wolves (10-1-1) dominated the run of play and Taylor Decaire scored a pair of goals as Newsome soundly defeated host Bloomingdale (7-1-1) 4-0.
“We came together tonight,” Newsome coach Kelly Townsend said. “And if we’re going to win anything we’re going to have to play like that.”
Jackie Simpson lined up a right-footer from the top of the 18-yard box to give Newsome a 1-0 lead just 17 minutes in. Decaire then took a clean breakaway in the 31st minute, deked a shot causing Bloomingdale’s keeper to dive right and tapped in the Wolves’ second goal.
“They’re a good team and have a good coach,” Decaire said. “I play club with all of them and I think that gives me an advantage because I know their strengths and weaknesses.”
Decaire headed in her second goal in the 69th minute and Emily Jones, who also finished with an assist, cleaned up a rebound in the final to minutes to round out the scoring.
Newsome’s defense, led by freshman sweeper Karli Gutsche, was stout. Bloomingdale’s lone threat of the night came when Tatiana Hernandez banged one off the crossbar with two minutes to play.
“Karli is very strong,” Townsend said. “She’s just a freshman but plays like a senior.”