EAST LAKE — The first goal did not come until the late in the first half. In the second half, they came in bunches.
East Lake, a team with state title aspirations, was smooth and inventive throughout its Class 5A, District 11 final as its players repeatedly cut through Seminole's defense in a 5-0 win Friday that was all but decided with about 15 minutes remaining.
And to think, Eagles coach Sergei Stopek didn't show too much during the game because he knew his team could face the Warhawks in the region semifinals in 10 days.
"We have a lot of history with Seminole," Stopek said. "We just had to make sure we stayed focused. It speaks volumes to the depth and talent on this team."
From the opening kickoff, East Lake (14-4-1) controlled the pace and flow. The Eagles' passes, both short and long, were sharp and deliberate as they turned the game into a soccer clinic.
The only thing missing, at least early in the half, was the scoring after a few shots either sailed wide or were saved. It didn't take long for everything to come together.
Tysen Sargent scored East Lake's first goal before halftime, then added another a few minutes into the second half. After that, the rout was on.
"I basically just tried to finish," Sargent said. "We've worked hard in practice."
The Eagles have been one of the county's hottest teams this month. In the district tournament, they outscored their opponents a combined 13-2.
"We've been trying all kinds of different kids and different looks," Stopek said. "We still haven't reached what we're capable of. There's a lot we can do. These kids have four years of experience of being in the (postseason)."