Newsome thrashes Land O'Lakes
LITHIA — Rain can make for some testy conditions in soccer.
A slip by a defender or wet keeper gloves can turn a match in an instant.
"I was nervous," Newsome coach Kelly Townsend said. "When it's raining, anything can happen."
Newsome fought through the steady downpour and scored three goals in the second half to defeat an outmatched Land O'Lakes 4-0 Thursday in the Class 5A region quarterfinals.
Though the Wolves led just 1-0 at halftime on an Ashley Evers goal, Newsome (22-3-1) enjoyed the run of play and appeared in control.
The Wolves continued to have their way in the second half, outshooting the Gators (13-11) an astounding 24-0 for the match.
"We got off to a slow start," Townsend said. "But I thought we pretty much dominated the entire game."
Ana Cate then doubled the Wolves' advantage 14 minutes out of halftime.
The senior midfielder wiggled through a crowd, collected herself and fired a rising liner into the upper left 90.
"That," Townsend said, "was something else."
The Wolves padded their lead during a seven-minute stretch to put the match away. Sarah Aggers put away an Evers' service to make it 3-0 and Evers banged one off the far post for match's strike.
Brandon Wright, Times correspondent