Hawks take care of Heritage 7-0 for second straight win
Mya Norton, Kylie Pulliam each score pair of goals
Viera sophomore Mya Norton had two goals and two assists in the Hawks' 7-0 win over Heritage Thursday night.
VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala
Let the quest for a three-peat begin.
The Viera High girls soccer team rolled over the visiting Heritage Panthers 7-0 Thursday night at Hawk Stadium.
Mya Norton had two goals and two assists and Kylie Pulliam added a pair of goals as the Hawks (2-0) showed no signs of fatigue following their 8-0 victory over Space Coast the night before.
“I think we started out well, especially since we’re a new team,” said Viera senior Shannon Gosule. “We’re still trying to play together and get used to each other so I think for it only being our second game, we’ve done really well together.”
Hollyn Knight had a goal and an assist and Brooke Walsh and Emily Bodi also scored for Viera Thursday night. JJ Bryant and Morgan Pulliam each had an assist.
Though the Hawks only have three players on the roster – Malia Brock, Hannah Vega and Taylor Collins – who weren’t part of last year’s team that claimed its second straight Class 4A state championship, there are still adjustments to make. Viera is fielding different lineup following the graduation of standout players like Jordan Walsh, Sarah Sanford, Sarah Kelliher and backup goalkeeper Alexandra Capalbo.
Emily Bodi, Cori Fisher and Hannah Howe were in the starting lineup against Heritage. Vega got a start the night before. And Cassie Bodi is now the backup keeper behind star Sydney Lau.
The Hawks may still be figuring out how to mix and match all of their pieces – which also include Mollie Roe, Julia Ramsey, Kristen Clark, Jaclyn Zumsteg and Victoria Rosario – but they’re off to a good start so far.
After two games, Viera coach Courtney Lundy said she’s been struck by how well the players are working together as a team, pointing out the Hawks had eight goals and eight assists in their opening win against Space Coast.
“It just shows there’s a team out there, that it’s a team effort,” Lundy said. “It’s fun to watch, especially this early in the season because coming out your first two games, you kind of expect to be a little rusty. But it’s fun to watch. They’re putting some good plays together.”
Viera faces a huge test on Monday when the Hawks travel to Merritt Island to play the powerhouse Mustangs.
But at the moment, the Hawks have to like the way things are shaping up.
“I think we have a good team and a good thing (going),” Knight said. “We just have to keep learning how we play and get better every game and I think we’ll get there. I think it’s a good start to the season.”