LITHIA — Consider Newsome officially crossed off Ocala Forest's Christmas card list.
For the second year in a row, Newsome shellacked visiting Forest in the 5A region quarterfinals, this time defeating the Wildcats by the 8-0 mercy rule on a chilly Thursday night.
"Everybody pushes everybody on this team," midfielder Karina Gutsche said. "We don't want to let up."
The Wolves (22-0-0) ended the Wildcats' season last year at Newsome's field, defeating the Wildcats 7-0. The quarterfinal victory was the Wolves' third mercy rule win in a row — including a pair of 8-0 wins in the district tournament — and fifth in their past six matches.
"I can't fault them for the way they've been winning," coach Kelly Townsend said. "But it's kind of bittersweet because we have to be ready to elevate our game and to play 100 or more minutes the rest of the way out."
It took Newsome, ranked No. 5 in the latest ESPN Rise national poll, 47 minutes to dispatch Forest. Liz Haumschild, Maria Cate and Gutsche each scored a pair of goals while Shea Roney and Caroline Evers added one apiece.
"This is definitely the best team we've had in the four years I have been here," Gutsche said. "You can't concentrate on just one or two players."
The Wolves haven't been scored upon dating to a 5-1 victory against St Petersburg on Dec. 17, a stretch spanning eight matches. In that time, Newsome has outscored its opposition 53-0.