LITHIA — It did not take long to see where Thursday night's Class 5A region quarterfinal was headed — 40 seconds to be exact.
That's how quickly host Newsome scored against Brooksville Central, coming close to last season's school-record of 13 seconds for an opening goal.
The Wolves also scored in the second minute at the beginning of the second half, cruising to a 7-1 win.
"To walk away this way is rewarding," Newsome coach Neal Rickmers said. "This is just what we can do."
Steven Gonzalez had a hat trick for Newsome, scoring the game's first goal by drilling a 25-yarder from the right side that skipped past Central goalkeeper Anthony Kaspars. The senior forward opened the second half with a free kick from just outside the box and converted a pass from Carlos Galeano for his 17th goal.
"We came out strong and we came ready to play," Gonzalez said.
Galeano and Joey Perfetto each had two assists, with Perfetto's long throw-ins setting up goals by Matt Staggs and Harold Gussman.
"I work on it constantly," Perfetto said of his throw-ins that often measure more than 40 yards. "I can put (the ball) where I want to."
Armani Alicea and Gussman added second-half goals for the Wolves.
Central's lone tally came on a penalty kick by in the second half by Omar Oudlaga. Newsome goalkeeper Jamie Shepard got his right hand on the ball, but not enough to keep it from rolling into the left corner.