Cavs net 7 in tune-up for district slate

Published 9:30 pm Friday, April 3, 2009

Lakeland’s boys soccer team won its third straight match on Thursday with a 7-0 rout over visiting Surry. Jake Estienne, Evan Worley and Justin Burch, each with a pair of goals, paced the Cavalier attack as the Cavs outshot Surry 28-5.

In the three wins, Lakeland’s outscored its opponents (Heritage, Norview and Surry) 15-1. Next up for the Cavaliers is Tuesday, and the start of Southeastern District play, against Oscar Smith.

Head coach John Christmas is confident his Cavaliers are ready for what is usually a big step up in competition when Suffolk schools face their Chesapeake rivals in district play.

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“I think we’re sort of a sleeping giant waking up. We’re just starting to put it together, with 11 seniors in our starting lineup, the talent is definitely here.

Even seven goals, after a 2-0 halftime score, wasn’t a true show of what the coach thinks his team can do.

“Tonight, they didn’t play up to my expectations, but they won.

“We have the talent to open some eyes, especially if all the guys get it going, and for the seniors, I keep telling them, ‘this has to be their time to do it.’,” said Christmas.

Surry conceded most of the early possession to the Cavaliers, but did a good job of clogging up the final 30-40 yards of the field, early in the match.

Lakeland scored in the 14th minute with Estienne firing a shot from 20 yards out, just beyond the top of the Surry box, into the upper right corner of the net.

The Cavaliers made it 2-0 with 10 minutes to go before halftime with Worley, a freshman, getting to a deflected shot by Alex Brooks and scoring with a well-placed lob which curled away from the Surry keeper toward the left post.

Brooks didn’t wind up with a goal in the match, but he finished with two assists and two more times when his shot was saved or deflected, and the follow-up wound up as a Cavalier goal.

Brooks assisted Justin Burch for a goal four minutes into the second half. With Surry trailing and trying to attack more, a counterattack and open field allowed Brooks to lead the break downfield, his pass led Burch into the right side of the Surry box. Burch sent a low, hard drive just inside the far post.

Nine minutes later, it was Brooks to Burch again. This time Brooks sent a high cross in from near the right sideline and Burch leapt nearly head-high to the crossbar near the left post to head the ball down for an excellent goal.

Lakeland’s scoring continued in the final 12 minutes with goals from Estienne, Devin Bantan and Worley.

Lakeland (4-3-1, 0-0-0) hosts Oscar Smith on Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Christmas sees the district opener as critical.

“A team which beat Oscar Smith a week ago, we just beat that team 3-0, so it’s an excellent chance for us to play (Oscar Smith) at home.”