Hawks top Eau Gallie 8-0 as Walsh nets hat trick
Viera High's JJ Bryant (left) tries to get control of the ball during Wednesday night's 8-0 victory over Eau Gallie. The unbeaten Hawks have outscored their four opponents 27-0 so far this season.
VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala
The Viera High girls soccer team seems to be adjusting to new coach Cal Dixon pretty quickly.
Brooke Walsh scored three goals and had three assists and Emily Bodi assisted on two more goals as the Hawks rolled to an 8-0 home victory over Eau Gallie Wednesday night.
Viera improved to 4-0 on the season with shutout wins over West Shore (2-0), Palm Bay (15-0), Satellite (2-0) and now Eau Gallie.
“I think we played really well tonight,” Bodi said. “We moved the ball a lot. The goals weren’t all individual. We built them up as a team. It wasn’t just one person going and taking it. We all worked together to get there, which is what Cal wants us to do.”
Dixon, who took over the Viera girls program after Courtney Lundy stepped down after leading the Hawks to two state championships, is no stranger to most of his players, having worked with them while coaching for the Space Coast United Soccer Club.
Still, he is implementing a slightly different style that emphasizes passing and movement off the ball.
“That’s something we’ve been working on, trying to play in a system where we’re moving off the ball and playing it and I think that was our best game today,” Dixon said.
“We started to do it against Satellite, but I think we put it together today for the first time.”
In addition to Walsh’s three scores, the Hawks (4-0) also got goals from Mya Norton, Hannah Howe, Hannah Vega, JJ Bryant and Carolina Santos.
Goalkeepers Cassie Bodi and Jordan Spira combined fo the shutout.
Viera will face a tough test Friday night when the Hawks travel to Orlando to play Lake Nona.
They’ll take the field coming off an effort they can feel good about.
“We kept our level of play despite how they would play against us,” Walsh said. “They dropped a bunch (of players) back so we had to adapt to that and I think we did that well. We had to figure out how to get around them.”