Soccer

Soccer Report: Huber hits the ground running

Brooksville, Fla. - Gianna Huber (Sr) from Hernando High School took the Dunnellon Tigers soccer field firmly in her straight netting an opening day hat trick (3 goals) to firmly open her account a the start of the 2019-20 girls high school soccer season. Emma Naughton, bagged a brace and Bricyn Wylie, Ava Phillip and Bailey Burdin all contributed with a goal a piece as David Shrader’s Hernando Leopards ran out 8-0 winners. They followed this up on Wednesday night with a hard fought 1-1 tie at local rival Weeki Wachee Hornets.

Boys Soccer 2019: Districts Decided

The final week of the regular soccer season can always bring out some ‘do or die’ games and that was certainly the case at the Shark Tank this week when Pasco and Nature Coast faced off against each other. The winner would walk away with the number 1 seed and a bye in the first round.

It was Nature Coast who struck first with Vinny Stulec finding the back of the net with his left foot from close range after 34 minutes. It would stay that way into half time with the Sharks looking like they would be the number 1 team at the end of the season.

Hernando County Soccer Roundup

by Jonathan Stone

SPECIAL TO THE HERNANDO SUN

The week got off to a blistering start for Kris Brooks and the Central High School Bears boys soccer team. They faced off against the travelling Anclote Sharks arriving on Ken Austin Parkway on Monday evening. The Bears, came away 5-3 victors and started the week on the right foot. Sadly this wasn’t to continue as they faced off against old foes Trinity Catholic on Wednesday night. Trinity toppled the Bears 8-3.

Hernando County Soccer in review - Dec. 1, 2018

by Jonathan Stone

SPECIAL TO THE HERNANDO SUN

A tough week for the Hernando High School boys soccer team, 2A Mount Dora started out the week coming to Tom Fisher stadium on Monday night. The score line doesn’t reflect the game in full as the Leopards had 56% of the game’s possession but couldn’t make opportunities count as they went down 6-0 to a team widely known to win their District.

Weeki Wachee looking to plug in the pieces

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Weeki Wachee goalkeeper Jake Brooks

(Weeki Wachee) — There’s no shortage of seniors on this season’s edition of Weeki Wachee’s boys soccer team, but the experience might be quite where it should be for an older group.

Of those returning seniors, only five or six are starters from a year ago and Weeki Wachee head coach Shane Tarbox compares this 2017-2018 to his first campaign as the Hornets lead man. In Tarbox’s first season at Weeki Wachee, he was just getting to know the school and players, which he feels with some of the newer faces on the squad this season relates to his initial year as coach.

Nature Coast relying on freshmen power

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Nature Coast freshman Alexandrea Florkowski

(Brooksville)- One of the youngest rosters for girls prep soccer in all of Hernando County resides out of Nature Coast Technical High School.

The Sharks (1-2) are relying upon the services of nine wide-eyed freshmen, whom makeup over half of Nature Coast’s roster. It’ll be up to the freshmen to help carry the Sharks along a 2017-2018 campaign in which the club has a legitimate shot within Class 3A, District 7 and first-year head coach Brandon Chitwood likes what he’s seeing so far.

Rowdies to MLS?

Major League Soccer is seeking to expand their list of teams from 24 to 28 by 2020, and the Tampa Bay Rowdies have made it clear that they want to be one of those teams. With an aggressive bidding process, the Rowdies will be competing with nine other cities for a place in MLS.