In some ways, the Lakewood Ranch High girls soccer match against Manatee looked more like a football game.
A Mustangs player would send a deep pass down the field, as a teammate would sprint past the Hurricanes defense to catch up to the ball — carefully avoiding an offsides call — like a wide receiver getting open on a go route. The player would then make a move on the goalkeeper, firing a shot into the back of the net.
Different variations of this scenario played out 10 times.
And that was in the first half.