If the Viera High boys soccer team was feeling any after affects of a two-week layoff, it sure didn’t look like it.
Lucas Patikas, Conner Floyd and John Anasa all scored twice and Yorgen Torres and Zachary Nielsen scored once as the Hawks defeated visiting Sebastian River 8-0 Friday night in a Class 6A, District 12 matchup.
“We were out for two weeks and that’s all these boys love to do – get out on the field and play,” Floyd said. “Being out for two weeks, it hurt us, but it just builds up our energy to get back on the field.”
The victory improved Viera’s record to 10-1 while Sebastian River fell to 8-4-1.
The Hawks, who were on a tear before having to shut down because of COVID-19, have now won six in a row.
“We had a five-game stretch where we picked up a lot of momentum. We were playing well,” Viera coach Nick Robinson said. “There were some scratchy moments tonight, but it was good to get the cobwebs out and play as well as we did.”
Viera’s teamwork and strong passing game were on full display Friday night, especially in the first half.
With the Hawks already leading 1-0, Viera’s John Anasa took the ball down the right side and after working hard against a Sebastian River defender, he found a wide-open Torres, who put the shot home to double the lead.
A few minutes later, it was Anasa who was on the receiving end of a pass from freshman Max May and his goal made it 3-0.
Just before the half, Nielsen sent a ball through the Sharks’ defense to Floyd, who beat the goalkeeper and put the ball into an empty net.
One of the highlight goals of the night came when Floyd sent a cross into the box where Patikas took it out of the air with his foot for his second goal of the night.
“Max had it in the corner. I made an overlapping run and he touched it to me,” Floyd said of the goal. “I picked up my head and saw Lucas and pinged it into him. It was a great finish. Great technique.”
Viera was set to play at MCC on Saturday night, followed by a game on Tuesday against Space Coast.
After that, the Hawks will close out the regular season with a couple of big games – a showdown at Melbourne on Wednesday that will decide the top seed in the district tournament, and a home game scheduled for next Tuesday (Jan. 26) against undefeated Merritt Island.
“These last couple of games, these boys are ready,” Floyd said. “They’re ready to go. These are the games we want to play. We want to be challenged. We’re ready.”