LUTZ — Steinbrenner cruised to victory with an 8-0 victory over Strawberry Crest in the 4A-9 district final Friday on its home pitch.
The conditions were sloppy after the field was flooded early in the day, but the slow-rolling passes and muddy terrain didn't slow the Warriors' attack. In the first half, Steinbrenner put 17 shots on goal and went into the half up 4-0.
"It's not a game full of rhythm in conditions like this so our priority was following up our shots and to put shots on goal," Steinbrenner coach Teresa Patterson said. "We knew they were going to bunker in and congest the middle, so I thought we did well to stretch them out wide and pull them apart."
The lone bright spot for the Chargers was the performance of goalkeeper Caitlin Smith, who finished with 15 saves on a busy night.
Steinbrenner's impressive offensive display saw four players who were able to score for the second consecutive game. Lauren Garris scored two goals just as she did against Jefferson the evening before, and Cici Gonzalez led the Warriors' attack with a hat trick and an assist.
"I think we're ready to go into the regional tournament because of the way that we were able to pick up the pace and maintain pressure tonight," Gonzalez said. "I think all of my goals were a team effort, and I just finished when I had to."