ORLANDO — Newsome posted its second straight shutout in the Class 5A regionals, defeating Orlando Freedom 2-0 Tuesday on the road. The Wolves have outscored opponents 18-2 since the district semifinals.
“Defensively, we played really well,” Newsome coach Allen Ware said. “We withstood their pressure. They’re relentless.”
The Patriots (17-2-1) outshot the Wolves 17-13 with Newsome goalkeeper Nate Hodges coming up with two point-blank saves in the first half and a diving save to his right in the second to preserve the shutout.
Jake Van Der Luit, who missed all but seven regular-season games due to injury and returned for the district tournament, scored the only goal of the first half. The junior midfielder took a through ball from forward Eric Lint, deked a defender to his left and tucked a low shot into the far corner in the 39th minute for his 15th goal of the season.
“I’m feeling awesome,” Van Der Luit said.
Newsome (17-4-2) got its second goal off another key play by Van Der Luit. Lint took a corner kick from the left side in the 76th minute and Van Der Luit headed a shot off the left post, but Jacob Chadwell kicked in the rebound past keeper Brayan Arce.
Sweeper Connor Fitzgerald thwarted several runs by Freedom in the second half, repeatedly heading the ball away from the penalty box.
“I don’t want anything to go in my net,” he said. “I want to help my keeper as much as I can.”