The Auburn Mountainview Lions had little trouble with the Peninsula Seahawks on their home turf on Wednesday evening, cruising to a 2-0 SPSL 3A league win. Lions' junior midfielder Farris Idrees got behind the Peninsula defense midway through the first half and sent in the first goal, and with eight minutes to go in the game, sophomore forward Christian Rotter delivered the second goal, putting the game away for the Lions.
“They've got a lot of speed,” Auburn Mountainview head coach Jimmy Fioretti said of his group of forwards. “I thought tonight, we finished pretty well. We finally decided to do what we've been doing in practice. We had a couple nice balls across the face of the goal. We were moving the ball a lot better today than we have in the past.”
The Lions shut the Seahawks out, and were never in any real danger of giving up a goal.
“They were organized,” said Peninsula head coach Brian Lawson. “It helps that they've played us before, they keyed in on some of our more attacking players, definitely hats off to them. They're very organized and they're a well coached team.”
Fioretti said the team has been focusing on the small details of the game, tightening up their defense and limiting mental errors.
“You get into the tournament, a lot of the teams are equal and it comes down to details,” Fioretti said. “So that's what we've been trying to tie up lately. We've played fairly well all the way along, the details in the end will get you through the tournament.”
Despite their second loss in the past week, Lawson said the team is still confident in their play. Wednesday's match was important for gaining momentum, but it doesn't shatter their ambitions.
“We'll talk about it and work on some things before we play on Tuesday,” Lawson said. “I think the boys are confident, we're not going to hang out heads too long on this. It was just a chance to work out the kinks and try some different things and get ready for Tuesday.”
Auburn Mountainview will play Decatur in a seeding game on Tuesday. If they win, they will play the No. 4 seed from the Narrows. Peninsula will play the No. 2 seed from the Seamount league, Hazen, on Tuesday in a loser-out sub-district game. If the Seahawks win, they will play the No. 2 seed from the Narrows 3A.
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