Viera blanks Astronaut to set up crucial Saturday game at Vero Beach

Viera High's Gianna Buysee, shown here in a game from earlier this season, scored four goals in a 7-0 victory against Astronaut earlier this week. The Hawks play their final regular-season game today at Vero Beach in a matchup that could help determine postseason seedings.

The Viera High girls soccer team got some Cape Coast Conference bragging rights and set up today’s big game at Vero Beach with a 7-0 victory over Astronaut earlier this week.

Gianna Buysee scored four goals and Taylor George had a goal and three assists for the Hawks, who improved to 6-4-3 overall.

Meghan Nadle and Sophie Boss (penalty kick) also scored for Viera.

Senior Kaley Vitaliano, who had been out since mid-December with an injury, made her return and had two assists in Wednesday night’s contest, which was a CCC placement game.

Viera closes out its regular season today at 1 p.m. with a game at Vero Beach (4-5-4) that could go a long way toward determining the seeding for the Hawks in the postseason.

“Although we would have liked to be higher in the CCC seeding, the Astronaut game came at a good time for us,” Viera coach Cal Dixon wrote in an email.

“Most of our girls played all weekend in the Disney showcase, so Astronaut gave us a chance to have a competitive game, but also rest some players along the way. The whole squad played well and we scored some nice goals, particularly early on in the game.

“If our finishing was a lot better we could have ended the game early, but like I said, I was happy to get some minutes in for the whole squad coming into districts.”

The Hawks played without Alison Teschendorf, Brie McCain and Adele Boritzki, but all are expected to return soon – perhaps even in time for today’s game at Vero, or for next week’s Class 6A. District 7 tournament.

Getting Vitaliano back after her absence should do wonders for Viera’s offense and overall play.

“It was nice to have Kaley back and play in a competitive game and show she is healthy before we head into districts,” Dixon wrote.

“Saturday’s game is important for us now since Vero is ranked higher than us in the FHSAA rankings. The hope is Holy Trinity will do us a favor against Melbourne on Friday night (the Tigers won 1-0) and then we could win on Saturday and possibly jump back above Melbourne in the district, and more importantly, get a higher regional ranking going forward.”