By STEPHEN JACKSON
Boys soccer opened in early November for four South Shore high schools with Lennard posting two wins, Riverview splitting a pair, and both Spoto and East Bay still looking for that first victory. All four teams are back in action next week after the Thanksgiving break.
Girls soccer also opened play but only Riverview reported its score, a 9-0 victory over Spoto stopped at halftime due to the mercy rule. “It was a great way to start the season despite the rain,” said Girl’s coach George Fearon. “We were able to score many goals and our freshman goalie was amazing. Registering hat tricks were Aimee Petit and Aliyah Farmer.”
The Riverview Sharks Boys also waltzed to an easy 7-0 win over Spoto in the opener of the doubleheader at J. Vince Thompson Stadium. Carlos Davila turned the Boys hat trick. Other goals were knocked in the net by Mathew Astacio, Alendro Rojas, Luis Simancas, and Zach Paynter. According to Sharks head coach Darik Olsen, “It was a good way to start the season with everyone getting some playing time. Winning 7-0 is awesome.” The Boys travel to Brandon for 6 p.m. match on Tuesday, Nov. 27, and then back home on Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. versus East Bay.
The Lennard Longhorns travel to Spoto for a Nov. 27 game at 6 pm. Lennard then comes home to face 0-2 Tampa Bay Tech Nov. 30 at 6 pm. After posting a season worksheet of 10-7 last year, Coach Dominic Coco’s squad, assisted by Johnny Palacious and Salvador Betancourt, squeaked by Riverview 1-0 after an opening-season romp over rival East Bay 5-1.
East Bay and Spoto both struggled in the early going. The Indians dropped all three of its games in mid-November. Coach Robert Ivins team fell to Wharton 2-1, then lost to Lennard 5-1, prior to a shutout loss to Middleton 6-0. East Bay is looking for better results on the road against Blake in Tampa on Nov. 27, followed by a short trip to Riverview for the Nov. 30 match. Spoto is looking for its first goal as well as its first win after dropping its opener to Riverview and then losing 4-0 to Armwood. The 3A District 9 Spartans under Coach Collis Ivery host Jesuit at 7 p.m. on Nov. 30.