Lane has long been a Public League power in girls soccer and if Saturday’s Public League quarterfinal playoff is any indication, the Indians aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Lane got off to a quick start, scoring nine goals in the first 26:43 and cruising to an easy 10-0 win over Taft to set up a semifinal matchup against Northside Tuesday afternoon.
Lane, which features just six seniors on its roster, got on the board when freshman Detzi Reveles scored 3:15 into the game.
However, after that goal, it quickly became the Jasmin Carrera show. The senior scored the first of her four first-half goals exactly three minutes after Reveles’.
Natalie Wade, one of seven sophomores on the squad, scored her first goal of the game in the ninth minute and Carrera followed up with her second five minutes later.
“We always want to go in there and score as many goals as we can,” said Wade. “We like to get out to fast starts.”
Carrera completed the hat trick in the 18th minute when she blasted a shot past the Taft goalie, who had come out of the box. Lane (15-4) had an easy time getting to the net, especially on the right side where there were holes the entire first half.
“We have to treat every play as if it is 0-0, even if we just scored,” said Wade, who played goalie the second half. “That way we won’t get overconfident and lose focus.”
Carrera picked up her fourth goal of the game in the 22nd minute and then became more of a distributor. Teaming with sophomore Sofia Pavon, the two continually pushed into the Taft zone, helping halt any pressure the Eagles (4-11-2) would try to put on Lane.
Anastasia Niforos scored a goal one minute after Carrera’s fourth and Pavon added one of her own a minute and a half later.
Wade picked up her second goal in the 27th minute, marking the end of the scoring the first half and giving the Indians a 9-0 lead at halftime.
“As great as our offense is, our defense is always key for us,” said Wade. “We need be able to deny teams any opportunities so we can get our offense started.”
Due to the wide margin, the game was played with a shortened second half. It didn’t matter for Lane, as Pavon scored her second goal.
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