SEBRING - The Sebring boys soccer team took an early lead and never looked back in cruising to a convincing 4-1 win over Poinciana on Tuesday night at Firemen's Field.
The Class 3A-District 11 loss dropped the Eagles to 1-9-1, while the victory improved the Blue Streaks to 4-5-1 in district play.
"It was an exciting match and we did a lot of passing and working off of each other which was good to see," said Sebring boys soccer coach Keith Bowyer. "We've been working on some chemistry issues this season and we seem to have gotten them fixed.
"We had one defensive error, but overall I thought we played great."
Sebring jumped on top quickly utilizing their athleticism and ball-handling skills to set up a number of scoring opportunities.
The Blue Streaks capitalized when senior Austin Westergom found the back of the net for a 1-0 lead just minutes into the match.
Sebring continued to pressure the Eagles defense with quick runs and deft passing to the wings which kept the Poinciana defense on its heels.
The constant barrage of shots took its toll as Westergom drilled a rocket into the goal past a helpless Eagle keeper for a 2-0 lead.
"We did a great job of passing the ball and looking for the open man," said Bowyer. "We're playing much better and with a lot more confidence.
"I'm seeing some things I really like and this team has a lot of potential."
Poinciana had several shots on goal, but the Sebring defense kept the ball out of the back of the net.
The Eagles had trouble clearing a ball from its goal and one of the Eagle players accidentally knocked the ball into their own goal to give Sebring a 3-0 lead with 18:23 remaining in the first half.
Neither team managed to score the rest of the first half.
Poinciana came out strong in the second half and got on the scoreboard as Elijah Brion managed to elude a couple of Sebring defenders and ripped a shot into the net to pull the Eagles within 3-1 with 36:52 left in the match.
"That was our one defensive lapse," said Bowyer. "We played solid most of the match, but gave up a goal we shouldn't have."
Sebring answered as Mitchell Winslow scored with 31:08 remaining to give the Blue Streaks a commanding 4-1 lead and ending any hopes of a Poinciana comeback.
Both teams were able to substitute liberally in the second half to give all of their players some time on the pitch.
The Blue Streaks closed out the match in solid fashion and look forward to continuing their strong play against quality district opponents.
"We're in a very competitive district and Auburndale is the best squad," said Bowyer. "We want to keep working hard to improve with each match.
"This is a good group of guys and we just need to stay focused, continue to communicate and play as a team."
Sebring is home tonight against Tenoroc with game time at 6:30 at Firemen's Field.