WESLEY CHAPEL — It seemed that no matter what happened Wednesday night, Wiregrass Ranch sophomore forward Berlin Waters was going to get behind the Land O'Lakes defense and score goals.
The speedy sophomore gave the Gators fits throughout the game, beating defenders and scoring two first-half goals to lead the Bulls to a 3-1 win at home that kept them unbeaten at 10-0-1.
"She doesn't quit," said Wiregrass Ranch coach Erin Dodd, who has led the program to its best start. "She's a great player. She goes after everything. She never, ever quits, and her speed is definitely used to her advantage."
Outsized by a physical Land O'Lakes squad, Dodd said, the Bulls used their speed to open up space.
Waters found it early on the left wing, scoring the opener in the 28th minute after Wiregrass Ranch forward A.J. Blount flicked on a goal kick with her right foot into Waters' path. One-on-one with the keeper, she slotted the ball into the right side of the net.
In the 33rd, Waters fielded a pass on the outside of the Land O'Lakes box with her back facing the goal. She used her body to turn and beat one defender. Then she split two more and dribbled around the goalkeeper, sliding home a goal with her left foot. Waters just missed on two chances to give her the hat trick.
"There were two girls staying on me the whole night," Waters said.
"But as long as I could get the through balls from A.J., it made it easier."
The Gators (6-3-2) got a goal back when junior Kelsee Larson took advantage of a miscue in the Bulls defense in the 52nd minute.
But Blount scored in the 77th minute to seal the win.
Land O'Lakes coach Vicky King said winning balls in the midfield would have helped prevent the early goals.
"Berlin was fast, and she times the ball and does it very well," she said. "We lost track of her."