Hawks still undefeated after scoreless tie against West Shore
Viera High goalkeeper Megan Cook makes a diving stop during Thursday night's game against West Shore. The Hawks and Wildcats played to a scoreless tie.
VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala
Two of Brevard County’s three remaining undefeated girls soccer teams … are still undefeated.
The Viera Hawks and the visiting West Shore Wildcats played to a 0-0 tie Thursday night at Hawk Stadium in a tightly contested non-district game.
It was the second straight tie for Viera (5-0-2), which played to a 2-2 draw with Titusville on Tuesday.
“I think we played well,” Viera senior tri-captain Madelyn Rosario said. “Our last game, we played Titusville and we started off really rough. This game, we really stepped it up.
“It’s just the final ball. We were winning the tackles, the 50/50s, it was just the final ball, slotting it in. We couldn’t finish. Everyone gave it their all, so that’s just something we need to work on. But I’m proud of us.”
The Hawks certainly had their chances to score, but West Shore goalkeeper Lauren Mannix came up with several big saves to help keep the Wildcats (5-0-1) unbeaten. The only other undefeated team in the county is MCC (1-0-2).
“I was really pleased with our performance (tonight) to be honest,” Hawks coach Cal Dixon said. “Titusville was a tough one for us. I didn’t think we played as well as we could and Titusville gave us a heck of a game.
“Today, I thought we absolutely dominated. We out-fought them, we out-battled them and we created so many chances. We’re just disappointed we didn’t put one of them home.”
The Hawks were playing without starters Lauren Mieczkowski and Mai Jensen, who were away at a club soccer showcase event in South Carolina. Another starter, Taylor Collins, sat out the first half and the early part of the second half because of an injury.
In their place, junior Serena Zarzana dropped back from the midfield to play center back alongside Caroline Boston and did a good job in keeping the Wildcats from getting a number of chances against Viera goalkeepers Jordan Spira and Megan Cook.
The Hawks also got strong play from sophomore Victoria Wehner and freshman Taylor George, who both stepped into bigger roles.
“Taylor George was really good tonight,” Dixon said. “She hasn’t played a lot of minutes, but she came into the Titusville game and did well. She’s been practicing very well.
“I told her, ‘look, if you continue this attitude and this effort, you’re going to start getting more minutes.’ I thought she was really good today.”
While Thursday’s game featured a matchup of unbeaten teams, it was also a game for bragging rights as a number of players on both sides play for the Space Coast United Soccer Club.
“It makes it fun,” Rosario said. “It keeps it really competitive because we play against them in practice … it’s fun to see them, but on the field, it’s all soccer, all business.
“Then after (the game), obviously, we’re friends again.”
There was no time to rest for the Hawks, who headed to Montverde Academy Friday to take part in the Women’s Soccer Invitational Tournament (WIST).
The tournament not only draws top teams from all over the state, but also is a showcase event for a number of top college coaches who will be in attendance.
Viera, ranked No. 17 overall in the state and No. 2 in Class 6A by MaxPreps, was set to play Creekside (4-2 and ranked No. 44 in the state) on Friday and Flagler Palm Coast (5-1-1 and ranked No. 23 in the state) on Saturday.
“I think we fixed our mistakes from Titusville,” Rosario said. “Every game, we’re learning something new.”