Lake Forest girls’ soccer keeps on winning

Lake's girls' soccer team is 5-0 to start the season. (The Journal/Jeff Mitchell)

Lake’s girls’ soccer team is 5-0 to start the season. (The Journal/Jeff Mitchell)

GEORGETOWN – Coming off its best season in program history, the Lake Forest girls’ soccer team might have been primed for a letdown entering a new campaign.

A 5-0 start this spring, however, has put those fears to rest.

Last Friday the Lady Spartans, who were playing for the first time in 15 days due to spring break, rolled to their fifth victory, 9-0, at Sussex Central. It was the Spartans’, who have outscored their opponents 37-3 so far, third shutout of the year.

“The last two weeks they have been working hard and it shows,” Lake head coach Pete Randazzo said. “They’re really starting to work as a team. And they stay hungry for goals. That’s a great thing.”

Scoring against the Lady Knights showed what Randazzo was referring to, as the Spartans had six different players net goals.

Sophomore Hannah Fox led Lake with a hat-trick effort and classmate Lauren Sharp scored twice and added a pair of assists.

Juniors Alyssa Santore, Daia Daniels and Jocelyn Hughes and sophomore Rachel Harrell also found the net for Lake in the win. Senior midfielder Amanda Queen assisted on a pair of goals.

“The whole team has really come together as one, and every single one makes a contribution,” Randazzo said. “This (was) probably our best game, but the season has just started. We still have 10 games to go and much tougher competition is coming along.

“They deserve every win they have had and I am looking forward to the rest of the games.”

And the coach hopes a Division II playoff berth and some postseason wins is in the future as well.

“Our goal is to get back in the playoffs,” Randazzo said. “Of course (we can win tournament games), we have the heart. They don’t surrender.”

Lake’s next five games are against teams that all currently sit at or below .500, including Woodbridge, who the Spartans host Tuesday, and Thursday’s road opponent St. Thomas More.

The final five matches of the regular season, however, include some stiffer competition, such as April 30’s home match versus Henlopen North frontrunner Caesar Rodney and a May 7 clash at Indian River that will likely decide the Southern Division championship.

“I believe this team can really achieve great things this year,” Randazzo said. “And I think we can compete with some of the stronger schools.”

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