Hawks blank Heritage 5-0 before heading to big tournament
Viera will face Cardinal Gibbons, Bolles this weekend
Viera High's Allie Worley had a goal and an assist as the Hawks defeated visiting Heritage 5-0 Wednesday night to improve to 6-0 on the season.
VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala
The Viera High girls soccer team continued its march through the regular season with a 5-0 win over visiting Heritage at Hawk Stadium Wednesday night.
But some big challenges are coming soon.
Viera (6-0) will play in the Women’s Invitational Showcase Tournament (WIST) this weekend at Montverde Academy. The Hawks will play Cardinal Gibbons (6-1) on Friday night at 8 and then face defending Class 2A state champion Bolles (6-1-1) on Saturday.
MaxPreps has Viera ranked No. 23 in the state and No. 43 in the nation.
Cardinal Gibbons, which reached the Class 2A regional semifinals last year before losing to eventual state runner-up Oxbridge Academy, is No. 21 in the state and No. 36 nationally.
Bolles is No. 12 in the state and No. 20 in the nation.
“That will be the test,” Viera coach Cal Dixon said. “Merritt Island (which Viera beat 2-1) was a good game for us at the start of the season.
“Satellite (a 4-0 Viera win) was a good game and I thought we played really well in both of those. But this tournament is big … two really good teams. It will be a good indication of where we’re at.
“We’re winning. We’re playing well. But can we do that against those types of teams?”
The Hawks certainly didn’t have much trouble with Heritage (1-4-1) Friday night as keepers Cassie Bodi and Jordan Spira were never really tested.
Offensively, Viera got goals from Allie Worley, Kylie Pulliam, Amanda Zaroogian, Carolina Santos and Caroline Boston.
Santos had two assists while Worley, Savannah Oxley and Mai Jensen each had one.
“I think we did good,” senior center back Victoria Rosario said. “Our team overall is pretty sore because we’ve been doing college showcases. But we just came out here, we were pumped up for the game. We know it counts for districts and for the Cape Coast Conference.
“We just wanted to win in that so we’re on the road to states.”
The Hawks are now 1-0 in Class 4A, District 6 and have outscored their opponents 37-1 through six games.
“I thought the first half was very good,” Dixon said of Wednesday night’s game. This year, so far, we’re knocking the ball around well, we’re keeping possession, they’re doing the things we’re asking them to do and we’re getting results as well.
“It’s been a good start to the season.”
As tough as this weekend’s tournament will be, the Hawks will face more challenges in the come weeks. Viera will play at West Shore on Monday and then host Rockledge on Wednesday.
The Hawks will also have a big game on Dec. 17 when they host district rival Melbourne.