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Timber Creek Escapes Lake Nona 11-9

Written by Lee Roggenburg on . Posted in .
Lake Nona showed up at Timber Creek High School ready to play.  The Lions jumped out to an early lead on a goal by Austin Howard.  Caleb Portanova answered back for the Wolves off of a nice feed from Scott Turner. The rest of the quarter was owned by Lake Nona as Richie Williams, Nick Soracco, Howard, and Matt Friedel all found the back of the cage.  Timber Creek’s defense looked to be in big trouble as slides were coming very late and tentative. Lake Nona only managed one goal in the second quarter on a nice shot by Nick Sorocco.  Four penalties in the last six minutes of the half killed the momentum for the Lions but still the Wolves were unable to capitalize and Lake Nona took a 6-1 lead into half time. The third quarter looked like it was going to be more of the same as the Lions scored twice in the first two minutes of the third as Logan Shafer scored one minute into the quarter and Austin Howard completed his hat trick a minute later. At this point Timber Creek needed a spark and they found it in Miguel Hernandez.  Hernandez owned the face off X the rest of the evening and his hustle and ground ball work led to five unanswered goals in the next three minutes.  The Timber Creek defense stiffened up creating more opportunities and the attack responded.  Caleb Portanova scored his second of the evening on a feed from Brock St. John followed by a great goal from Scott Turner on a Hernandez assist.  At this point Mike McAllister came alive scoring his first of four goals on the evening.  Bruce Preeschl picked up a goal during the run and Scott Turner would pick up a total of three goals and four assists.  Portanova finished with his second hat trick in two games and Justin Higgins added an assist. The offensive burst motivated a defense led by Senior Patrick Celentano as he and juniors Cameron Hixenbaugh and Kyle Pechacek elevated their game and began applying more pressure.  The Wolves two Long Stick Middies,  senior Stephen Barrett and sophomore Cameron VonDyke,  played much more aggressive at the top and brought more double teams on the rides. Soracco would pick up a goal early in the fourth which was answered by two more from the Wolves before the game was called at the four minute mark in the fourth quarter due to extensive lightning. The Wolves improve to 6-7 and host Chattahoochee (GA) on Friday.  The Lions of Lake Nona drop to 6-4 and take on University (2-11) High School, also on Friday.