Auburndale Blows Past Lake Nona 6-1, Advances to Regional Semifinals
Thu. January 31, 2013 at 3:00 a.m. | By Bill Kemp
Auburndale's Kendy Pierre moves the ball away from Lake Nona's Dominick Jenkins during Wednesday's Class 4A boys soccer regional quarterfinals at Lake Myrtle Park. (Photo by PAUL CRATE | LEDGER MEDIA GROUP)
By BILL KEMP
LEDGER MEDIA GROUP
AUBURNDALE | The length of the shot may increase in Auburndale folklore as story is retold over the next few decades, but it will always end with the ball landing in the back of the net — and that's no myth.
Auburndale sophomore Calahan Warren drilled a shot from midfield three minutes into the second half that sparked the Bloodhounds to a 6-1 Class 3A regional quarterfinals win over Lake Nona Wednesday at Lake Myrtle Park.
The victory propelled Auburndale into a Class 3A regional semifinal at Merritt Island on Saturday.
Merritt Island advanced after defeating Sebring 3-0.
"This game showed that we are really ready to go," Auburndale coach Guy Jennings said.
Playing in strong winds, Auburndale was locked in a 1-1 tie with Lake Nona (13-5-3) at halftime. But the Bloodhounds had the wind at their backs for the second half and they took full advantage starting with Warren's 50-plus yard kick that somehow sailed passed the Lions' goalkeeper.
"Mainly, I just hit it and I knew with the wind it was going to give it some extra yards," Warren said. "The keeper misjudged it, I guess. I was just trying to lay it up into the air."
The Bloodhounds increased their lead to 3-1 less than a minute later on a header by Nathan Richard with Saul Estrada picking up the assist.
Jennings said he talked about the wind factor with the Bloodhounds at halftime.
"And the reason I did was because they had the wind in the first half," Jennings said. "I wanted the guys to lay it on the ground and play it through, but it never got to that. Three or four minutes in, and Calahan hits that ball and just unleashed it, and then we got the header. We felt like their goalkeepers were susceptible."
Auburndale broke open the game as the second half unfolded scoring on a header from Dedrick Young and pair of goals from Jared Burgess.
In the first half, Lake Nona opened the scoring four minutes into the game on a line-drive goal by Brandon RIvera, but Estrada tied the game on a PK at the 28:10 mark for Auburndale.
"We've dominated all year long with our speed and they matched up with our speed. But we came back with six unanswered goals," Jennings said.
Auburndale fired 15 shots during the game with eight directed on frame.