Corinne Kasten – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS girls varsity soccer team defeated Southeast at home on Monday, Jan. 14 by a final score of 13-0, ending the game at halftime under the state’s “mercy rule.”
The Mustangs scored in the first minute of the game and kept the goals coming. The game, however, could not end at until the halftime whistle blew.
Dominating an opponent to that extent could be distracting, but the Mustangs found ways to stay focus and engaged despite such success so early in the match.
Coach Delaney Riggins had the girls playing very possessively. She gave them a certain number of passes to connect before shooting. She also wanted the team to take more crosses into the box to practice capitalizing on those opportunities.
The score allowed opportunities for the players to try out new positions, ones they would never be able to play in other games. The defense consisted of normally attacking players and the attacking positions were replaced mainly by second-string and defensive players.
“It was fun playing a position I don’t usually play. Normally I’m a center back but I got to play forward for most of the game,” said senior Rheana White.
The team treated the game like a practice and were able to work on plays and shooting techniques. The girls’ record is now 11-0-3, with the district tournament beginning Jan. 28 against Sarasota at home.