Land O'Lakes — Land O'Lakes extended its season-opening winning streak to six games and notched its fifth shutout in Wednesday's 4-0 win over Wiregrass Ranch at Gator Stadium.
"Everything would have had to go perfect for us to get out of here with a win," Wiregrass Ranch coach Dave Wilson said. "They're strong all over the field. I think they're a better team than they were last year."
Land O'Lakes, which lost in the region semifinals to eventual state champion Mitchell last season, appears to be clicking on all cylinders. Yet coach Mark Pearson would not go as far as Wilson in his assessment.
"It could be (as good as last season), but we've said that a lot about some of the teams we've had here," Pearson said.
As solid as Land O'Lakes has played, Pearson said it could have done even better against the Bulls (5-3).
"I see a lot of missed opportunities," he said. "We could have had seven or eight goals. I see that we're leaving goals out on the field."
Josh Davis scored twice and Sean Young and Miquel Laliberte once. They were Davis' eighth and ninth tallies, leaving him two shy of Laliberte for the team lead.
"Josh Davis has been great for us this year," Pearson said. "He really should have had a hat trick, and he'll tell you that. He missed one early."
Davis and Young scored in the first half on Logan Jones, who replaced injured starter Ian Sourk. Davis took a feed from Nathan Dalton in the penalty box and beat Jones to the left side. Young tucked the ball under the crossbar off a goal-mouth scramble.
Laliberte made it 3-0 early in the second half, kicking the ball into the far left corner after Jones mishandled it in the box.
Justin Lyles and Andy Garcia passed the ball forward with Davis finishing off a couple of nice passes by beating Jones with a 20-yard kick inside the left post.
Cody Parker earned his fourth shutout of the season.