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Plant soccer overwhelms Wharton 6-0

TAMPA — Plant coach Stephen McGill's biggest problem heading into the Panthers' district game against Wharton was a good one to have. He worried he wouldn't have enough minutes to go around.

But McGill was able to rotate his players Tuesday, in the process taking a 6-0 win over Wharton to improve to 6-1.

"Really we have 15 starters," McGill said. "Since I've been here we've never had the 20- or 30-goal scorer, but we have a bunch of girls who will score nine each. It makes up pretty tough to mark."

Five scorers filled the net, including the first two goals of the season for sophomore Kaitlyn Steckel, who barely missed her third in the 49th minute.

Junior Florida State commit Conner Zwetsch scored her team-high seventh goal 65 minutes in. Freshman Caroline Bado scored her fifth just before the half.

Sophomore Abby Meckley and freshman Emory Pitisci added their first goals, giving Plant goals from nine scorers this season.

Take away three nice point-blank saves by Wharton keeper Kaitlin Ivy and the score might have been more lopsided.

With eight seniors — six of them starters — and a solid core of younger players, it's obvious why McGill can't have enough time on the clock to get all his players in.

On Tuesday, he didn't have to worry.

"We were definitely able to move them in and out," he said.

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Plant soccer overwhelms Wharton 6-0 11/17/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 9:52pm]
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