DADE CITY -- Pasco is sitting pretty on top.
After already beating Mitchell and Wesley Chapel, the Pirates (5-0) knocked off heated rival and conference opponent Land O'Lakes 1-0 on Monday evening.
"We kept on plugging at it and that was the main thing: that we kept on plugging at it," Pasco coach Barry Grayling said.
The game's lone goal came in the second half when sophomore Alex Garcia hit a pass to junior Jose Flores, scoring his fourth goal of the season.
"(Land O'Lakes) gives us the most competition the rest of the teams," Flores said. "We got our goal and we did our job tonight. That's all we needed."
The Gators (5-0-1) had numerous chances throughout the game, including many opportunities from Nathan Dalton. The sophomore had a couple of shots and a header within the second goal box and Dalton's best shot came with 13 minutes left in the game from the top of the box, but sailed wide.
"We dominated the game, absolutely dominated that game and they had no business winning that game -- it's a joke they won that game," Gators coach Mark Pearson said. "We're lacking in the final third of games and we're lacking in finishing in front of the goal. We outshot them and we out possessed them and we just couldn't finish."
Grayling disagreed that the game was so one sided.
"No one dominated the game, but I'd say they had a little more possession than us," Grayling said. "We weathered the storm and came up with a goal. You only win when you put it in the back of the net."
Pasco goalkeeper Gilbert Tanguma picked up his first shutout of the season, making many clutch saves, including two with his feet while diving to block a Gators' shot.
The Pirates didn't have as many scoring opportunities as Land O'Lakes, however, they made the most of their chances when on offense, and when they won the game that had heated emotions, a few yellow cards and some hard hits, the Pirates cheered at the final whistle blew.
"To tell you the truth, yeah (I wish we played them again)," Flores said. "We're doing our jobs and we want to beat whoever we can."
Grayling, whose team still has second games with Mitchell and Wesley Chapel, knew Monday's game would be tough, but also because what it meant to the players.
"The guys picked it up because they know where it's coming from -- it's a conference game," Grayling said. "They know what the game is going to be like."