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That winning feeling


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What a season to be a Green Dragon.

Lake Placid's boys soccer team notched two critical Class 2A-District 10 victories last week, beating McKeel Academy and Avon Park by a combined score of 8-1. The Dragons dumped McKeel at home 3-0 at Roger Scarborough Memorial Field on Tuesday, then traveled up to Avon Park and thrashed the Red Devils 5-1 at Joe Franza Stadium on Friday.

The wins improved Lake Placid to 8-0-1 overall on the season, and 6-0-1 in district play.

The match against McKeel (3-8-1, 1-4)was the second time the Dragons have faced the Wildcats this season. Lake Placid defeated McKeel back in November in a laugher, winning easily by a score of 6-0.

"Round two of our match up with McKeel favored the home team," said Dragons coach James Ashley. "Tonight's win was an example of the team executing the coaches game plan."

The formidable trio of Osvaldo Orduna, Carlos Santana, and Yoyi Gomez paced the Dragons offensive tempo. Orduna scored the first goal of the night, when Cristian Resendiz sent a cross kick towards the goal, where Orduna headed it into the net. The goal capped a parade of scoring opportunities for Lake Placid.

Santana notched the second goal, alertly turning a poor pass from the Wildcats into a score when he zipped the ball past McKeel's diving goalie to give Lake Placid a 2-0 lead at halftime.

In the second half, McKeel ramped up its offensive intensity. The Wildcats made several attempts to break the Dragons defensive seal, but each endeavor was rebuffed by Lake Placid's aggressive back line.

Late in the second half, Gomez capped the Dragons scoring when he booted in a cross from Diego Mireles.

Ashley noted that his team's offensive game plan worked to perfection.

"We knew that using our wings tonight would open the field and it did," he said. "This allowed our center mids and forwards to notch goals with many open looks for shots."

With the momentum in the Dragons favor, they steamrolled Avon Park two days later for their sixth straight district win. The Devils (0-10-1, 0-5), who are in a rebuilding year, previously lost to the Dragons in Lake Placid by a score of 4-0.

"Avon Park was on a mission tonight," Ashley said. "They scored one of the earliest goals I have ever seen in a match."

That early goal was a short-lived morale boost for the Devils who proceeded to give up five unanswered girls, three in the first half alone.

Mireles scored the first Dragons goal on a pass from Gomez. Santana booted in goal No. 2 and Gomez netted the third score after some impressive teamwork with Jorge Godinez. Lake Placid entered halftime with a commanding 3-1 lead.

"I'm proud of how our team responded," Ashley said. "We played as a team and settled in as we climbed ahead before half with a two-goal lead."

The second half was a close reproduction of the opening half, but instead of Avon Park scoring a quick goal, the Dragons netted one. Orduna took a cross from Santana and promptly knocked it into the back of the net. Ricardo Morales capped the Dragons scoring with his first career goal, firing a shot into the upper-right corner of the net.

Ashley said he's been especially impressed with his team's chemistry as of late.

"We got great play from each player," he said. "In fact, some of our freshman showed the most composure tonight. I like that this team isn't relying on one player or one class of players."

"Lake Placid is striving for team soccer and we did that tonight."

The Dragons will be back on the pitch Thursday night at Roger Scarborough Memorial Field, when they take on Mulberry to wrap up district play. The varsity-only match is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

bhoward@highlandstoday.com

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