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Porazzo Dazzles as Fleming Girls Beat Paxon

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By Mike Zima, Correspondent Gina Porazzo made it a Senior Night to remember, scoring six goals to lead Fleming Island to an easy 14-2 win over visiting Paxon Tuesday night. Porazzo, a senior middie, found the net in a variety of ways.  She attacked the crease with drives from the left wing and from behind the goal.  On some occasions, she faked shots high and shot low, and on others, faked right and shot left.  Cutting to the crease without the ball, she also scored on quick wrist flips off of feeds from Riley Proctor and Katie Nichols. “She is one of our more accurate shooters,” said Golden Eagles coach Clint Lyons.  “That is why she’s our leading scorer.” Paxon goaltender Olivia Bartlett was stout early, making six of her 14 saves in the first 12 minutes.  The Eagles trailed only 3-1 with 10:14 remaining in the first half when Natalie Jackson tallied a quick stick goal off of a feed from Araine Canlas.  But the Fleming Island attack was relentless, and the Golden Eagles eventually found ways to beat Bartlett.  A four-goal run capped by senior Riley Proctor’s high shot in heavy traffic gave Fleming Island a 7-1 lead at halftime. Proctor finished with a hat trick. The Golden Eagles dominated possession time thanks to the intensity of junior middie Kierra Marquis, who won 10 of 15 faceoffs and gobbled up six ground balls. “Faceoffs are huge,” said Lyons. “If you win them, you are going to have a good night. And Marquis is like the Energizer Bunny out there.” Marquis either scooped the dropped balls forward where she could chase them down, or flipped them back to teammate Briana Sarmento, who led all players with seven ground balls. Paxon coach Rico Perkins admired the Golden Eagles’ effort, which included a 25-8 edge in ground balls. “The most important thing about them is the way they hustle,” said Perkins.  “Especially on 50-50 balls.  That is what beat us.” Nichols, Marquis, Sarmento, Karina Ortiz and Lindsey Knight notched single goals for Fleming Island. The Golden Eagles, now 5-6, will attempt to even their record Wednesday with a game at Jacksonville Lee. Paxon’s other goal was scored by Effie Collins. The Eagles, now 2-7, will try to regroup in time for Thursday night’s home game against rival Stanton.