|"The Gambler" & Coach Elie|
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It was midfielder Kevin Lavarie who confidently stepped to the spot. As the wall of white shirts lined up, the Bears player had his eye on goal. A curling ball over the line of players and towards the far post got him just that as he put his side up 1-0 (8th minute). As play continued, neither school showed any signs of letting up. Every player giving it their all to win every ball.
Hard work finally paid off for the home side, though. A series of passes got the Trojans into the opposing box where the ball was deflected loose by a Winter Springs defender. Bazil Beneco pounced on the loose ball and slotted it home to give his boys the equalizer in the 24th minute. Evans then began to pick up the tempo and really use their speed. It paid off for them in the 35th minute. An on-the-run cross put in from the left side found Beneco’s head for his second of the night.
Evans and Winter Springs went into the halftime with a scoreline of 2-1 to the Home team.
Not giving the Bears time to recover, the boys in white put the pressure on from the first whistle and found gold in the 41st minute. Alberto Escobedo found himself on the right side of the box where he laced one low and hard near post barely squeezing it by keeper Conner Utereiner. After going behind two goals the fouls started to build up on both sides. A few yellow cards began to come out of the referee’s pocket.