Lakeland Christian Too Much for Santa Fe Catholic
Sat. January 19, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | By Mike Cobb
Lakeland Christian's Sydney Rayborn (7) scores her team's fourth goal as Santa Fe Catholic's Allie Aranda (17), left, and Brooke Garringer (6) try to defend during the first half. For more photos, go to www.theledger.com/galleries. (Photo by MICHAEL WILSON | THE LEDGER)
By MIKE COBB
WINTER HAVEN | One thing the Lakeland Christian girls soccer team showed in its two district tournament wins is its balance and depth.
LCS played without leading scorer Bri Folds, who is out with a knee injury, but the Vikings didn't have a drop off, capturing the Class 1A, District 6 title Friday night with an 8-0 win over Santa Fe Catholic at All Saints' Academy's Jahna Field.
Both teams advance to the Class 1A regional playoffs Wednesday night. Lakeland Christian (22-1-1) will host Windemere Prep while Santa Fe Catholic (8-14) will travel to Orlando First Academy.
"They (Santa Fe) came out pretty tough," LCS coach Jason Streets said. "Until we got the first one, it was a good battle. Santa Fe played us with a lot of heart."
Crimson Hawks coach Robert Aranda agreed.
"The score is what it is, but my girls never gave up and played really, really hard, and I'm really proud of them," Aranda said. "That's what we've talked about is bringing effort and emotion, and that's what they did tonight."
LCS had five diferent players score goals, and six players who had assists.
"It's always good to have depth on the team," said junior forward Sydney Rayborn, who led the way with three goals and two assists. "You can rely on each other to come through for the win."
Folds, who leads the county with 47 goals and 43 assists, injured her knee last weekend in a club match and is expected to be out until at least the regional finals, which is two weeks away.
Rayborn, the county's third-leading scorer with 35 goals and 23 assists, also had two assists, and finished with six goals and three assists in the Vikings' two district wins.
"Sydney was our leading goal scorer last year," Streets said. "She's very quick and sees the game well. I told her she needed to step up with Bri (Folds) being out."
In addition to Rayborn's goals, Skyler Streets had two goals and one assist, Kat Reeves and Katie Smith each had a goal and an assist, and Carly Knox had one goal. Josie Koretchko had two assists and Bailee Mathers had one.
The Vikings led 4-0 at halftime which is where the score remained until LCS scored four goals in a span of eight minutes midway through the second half to end the game. Their final three goals, two by Rayborn, came within a five-minute span with the last one coming with 18:55 left in the match.