Class 4A, District 9
Warriors take title in first season
Before its first season began, the Steinbrenner girls soccer team set a lofty goal — host a region playoff game.
The Warriors accomplished that feat Friday night, beating Robinson 8-0 in the Class 4A-9 title game at Spoto, winning a district title in the program's inaugural season.
With the win, the top-seeded Warriors (16-0-2) will host the Class 4A region quarterfinals Thursday against Lakewood Ranch or Palmetto (the teams face each other today in the district final).
"It's rewarding that way back in the season when we were still learning each others' names we set a goal and now we accomplished it," Steinbrenner coach Teresa Patterson said. "At the end (of the game), I think the attitude was that we're not done yet."
Freshman Alexis Bredeau scored a game-high four goals, and leading scorer Cici Gonzalez had a season-high five assists. Marley Opila added two goals.
For the Warriors, who only played four games at home this season, a region tournament home game Thursday will serve as a fitting reward for a dominating season thus far.
Steinbrenner has scored 110 goals this season (6.1 a game) and tallied 14 shutouts.
Warriors forward Taylor Valley, one of the team's top scorers, left the game with a knee injury and Patterson said her status for the region tournament was unknown.
Eduardo A. Encina, Times staff writer