LAND O’ LAKES — The yelling coming out of Sunlake’s locker room after the Seahawks’ 3-0 victory against rival Land O’ Lakes was a sign of change.
Unlike the first encounter, a 2-1 win by Sunlake, Wednesday’s match wasn’t a tight contest as many expected.
Sunlake took advantage of a few Land O’ Lakes’ miscues and ran away with an easy win at Seahawk Stadium, its fourth consecutive victory against the Gators.
“I think we started off slow, but after the first 10 minutes I thought we started playing well,” Sunlake coach Sam Koleduk said. “Once we got up 2-0, we started to relax and we played our game.”
Land O’ Lakes (8-4) had an opportunity in the second minute, but the shot by forward Glenn Johnson sailed over the crossbar.
From there, opportunities were rare for the Gators, who had four shots on goal at intermission.
Sunlake (11-0-1) had a similar early scoring chance in the sixth minute and though the shot was saved, the Seahawks weren’t kept quiet for long.
Sunlake scored two goals less than 10 minutes apart, as Connor Spencer scored on a set piece from more than 20 yards out in the 25th minute before Aaron Aucoin made it 2-0 in the 34th minute.
The Seahawks added an insurance goal two minutes into the second half, a header by Cobi Shermo, and remained unbeaten after 12 matches.
Sunlake outshot Land O’ Lakes 15-5 and had six corner kicks, while the Gators took only one.