PLANT CITY — Newsome trounced Durant 6-1 Friday night to capture its second consecutive 5A-8 district title.
Durant took the lead in the 12th minute when Jacob Brumbeloe caught the Newsome goalkeeper off his line and smacked a 40-yard shot just over the keeper's reach. The Cougars' lead was short-lived, however, as Newsome would equalize just three minutes later when a defensive error gave Wolves attacker Skylar Wilks a wide-open shot at goal.
"We wanted to come out and just keep running at them and putting pressure on them defensively," Newsome coach Neal Rickmers said. "Our movement off the ball has been the key. The important thing is that in these last two games we've done the things we've been working on all year, and we're getting hot at the right time."
As the game went on it became evident that this was going to be a high-paced end-to-end affair, but Newsome found four of its next five goals off captain Joey Perfetto's throw-ins.
The first came in the 32nd minute as he hit midfielder Matt Staggs with a throw for a glancing header out of the keeper's reach. Perfetto would set up a teammate once more before halftime and score in the second when he threw the ball over the keeper's extended arms and into the back of the net.
"We used the long throw-ins to win districts last year," Perfetto said. "We clicked better tonight than we have all year. We knew if we pressured them they'd give up the ball and then we just had to capitalize."