The Plant City Raiders didn’t look like a team that learned a new formation just one day before a championship game.
They looked equal parts comfortable and aggressive in their 6-1 win over Newsome at home on Thursday night, which guaranteed them hosting privileges during next week’s regional tournament. It was an especially good night for Paulino Ramirez and Epifanio Castro, who each finished with two goals scored.
Plant City scored three goals in each half. Luis Leos opened up the scoring about midway through the half, then Ramirez and Castro scored a pair of quick goals with less than six minutes to go in the half. Rex Lott sent a header past Newsome’s goalkeeper on a corner kick to open up the second period’s scoring. Ramirez and Castro once again scored back-to-back goals to give the Raiders a 6-0 lead.
Though Newsome was able to put a goal on the scoreboard around 60 minutes into the game, the Wolves couldn’t find a way to solve Plant City’s puzzle.