TAMPA — With 13 wins this season, Robinson’s girls soccer team had a number of bright moments. However, for fifth-year coach Billy Helms and his Knights, it might be the moments that didn’t go Robinson’s way that have the coach and team hopeful for success in the playoffs.
Helms pointed to a pair of losses to close the regular season — 3-2 to Plant and 3-1 to Steinbrenner — that taught them they could play with any team.
“It started with Plant two weeks ago, when we stood toe-to-toe with them and scored on Steinbrenner,” Helms said. “Consistency is there, and our team plays better when we play those tougher teams.
“When we played the Plants or Steinbrenners, we stepped up to them every single time.”
Robinson didn’t get the same kind of test in Saturday’s Class 3A-District 9 final, as the Knights cruised to their third straight district title by topping Bradenton Southeast 6-0. Senior midfielder Claire Rothschild, a captain who was hampered throughout the season with a knee injury, got things started, scoring with her right foot in the ninth minute. Caroline King added her first of two goals in the match a minute later, giving Robinson (13-5) a 2-0 lead it would take to halftime, and more than it would need against Southeast. King echoed her coach’s thoughts about Robinson’s late-season challenges.
“I think it’s better for us to see those higher (classification) teams, even though it’s a bummer when we don’t win,” King said. “But it’s good that we’ve had those experiences because that’s how those teams are going to be from now on.”
Junior Sam Ishee, Kari Trautvetter, King and Rian Tellis added second-half goals as the Knights dominated possession and held the Seminoles off the board and from even making a shot on goal.
Robinson will host Tarpon Springs on Thursday at 7 p.m.