Land O'Lakes overmatched its Class 5A, District 7 opponent in its own back yard Wednesday night, but the score did not reflect the dominance.
Despite shutting out Central 2-0, the Gators continued a troubling trend. Land O'Lakes scored both goals in the first half, but the team maintained offensive control throughout the contest and could not convert most of its scoring opportunities.
Central (3-7-1) and starting keeper Kady McCandless were pounded by 22 shots with 12 on goal. McCandless made 10 key saves.
The goals were both scored on rebounds that caught Central's goalie out of position.
Land O'Lakes (7-4) was led by forwards Amanda Goble and Savannah Gorman. Gorman scored both goals to give her a team-leading 11 for the season. She also leads the Gators with 16 points.
"(Goble and Gorman) complement each other so well," Land O'Lakes coach Vicky King said. "Goble plays with such power and strength, and Gorman is more of a finesse player, but both of them are capable of scoring at any time."
Goble had seven shots on goal against the Bears. Both of Gorman's goals were on opportunistic rebounds from Goble shots, overwhelming Central defensively.
Central coach Amy Ellis believed the loss was more significant to her program than any other so far this season.
The Bears lost 3-0 earlier in the year, and Ellis saw the second-half shutout as a sign of major improvements for her squad.