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July 19, 2008

RSL Florida U17 Girls Continue Hot Start

TAMPA, FL - RSL Florida’s girls under-17 team cruised to two 5-0 victories over the weekend against Orlando FC and Sunrise FC giving it three wins in three games in the Southeast Division of the United Soccer League’s Super-Y League.

RSL was never truly bothered by Orlando, and took the lead 11 minutes into the first half as Connor Zwetsch won the ball from a defender on the right hand side. Zwetsch’s pass eluded Michelle Larrinaga, but came through to Ana Cate, who fired a fierce shot into the roof of the net from 20 yards out.

RSL doubled its lead six minutes later, as a cross from the right found Larrinaga, who lifted the ball into the net over an advancing goalkeeper.

Orlando did have a couple of chances late in the first half, Alicia Klein’s shot forced RSL goalkeeper Jordan Hatton into a save, but RSL’s defensive pressure didn’t allow Orlando to establish any consistent rhythm to its game.

“They’re a good team,” Orlando coach Wayne Lockett said. “We weren’t really as competitive as we needed to be, but not to take anything away from that team, they’re a good team and they did a great job.”

RSL put the game away with a pair of goals three minutes apart in the second half. Lindsay DiLeonardo scored the first 13 minutes after the break as she finished a move that began with Nicole Carter, who put Noelle Pineiro through down the right side. Pineiro’s cross found DiLeonardo, who volleyed back across into the right corner of the net.

Pineiro scored the fourth herself, again latching onto a through ball before she cut back inside a defender, and shot low past the advancing goalkeeper.

“Our goal today was we didn’t want to go 90 yards to score goals,” Cote said. “We wanted to go 30 yards to goal, we wanted to make them play out of the back, I didn’t think they were capable of that and I thought our pressure would create some problems.”

Larrniaga almost scored her second shortly after the fourth goal went in when her turning shot rattled the right post, but it took until the 84th minute for RSL to complete the scoring as a free kick from the left by Pineiro found Taylor Baty alone in the penalty area. Baty trapped the cross, and then shot low into the right corner of the net.

RSL Florida continued their early domination of the division the next day with a convincing 5-0 win over Sunrise FC. RSL was never really threatened in the game and cruised to another easy victory. They have now outscored their opponents 17-4 on the season and appear well on their way towards a division crown. RSL Florida continues Super Y-League play on Sunday, July 20 when they entertain West Pines United who is 2-2-1 halfway through the season.