Taylor Smith scored three goals and the Spring offense lit up the scoreboard in a 7-3 victory over Goldsboro on Thursday.
The Gators are now 5-2 overall, while Goldsboro dropped to 4-5-1 overall.
“Any kind of conference win is a good win because this is a very tough conference for soccer,” Spring Creek head coach Daniel Robinson said. “I’m pleased with the win tonight.”
In the first half, the Gators used their speed and agility to break through Goldsboro’s defense and score goals.
Around the 12-minute mark, Mairani Cervantes recovered a deflection and knocked the ball into the back of the net.
Nine minutes later, the Gators went up 2-0 when after a foul in the box, Smith converted a penalty kick. Mirna Santiago scored in the 29th minute, while Michelle Roblero scored off a free kick to put the Gators up 4-0.
The lone goal given up by Spring Creek in the first half came in the 37th minute. Goldsboro’s Mill Hancock hit a free kick that sailed just over Yericka Garcia’s head. However, with seconds remaining the first half, Smith scored again to give the Gators a 5-1 halftime lead.
At the start of the second half, Goldsboro dialed up the pressure and started to claw their way back into the game. The Cougars scored two goals in six minutes, and suddenly the 5-1 game was a 5-3 game.
“I was proud of our team in the second half,” Goldsboro head coach Bryan Hancock said. “Spring Creek is good up front, and they are very good in the center of their defense.”
With 20 minutes left in the game, the Gators chomped down on the Cougars. Smith completed her hat trick in the 62nd minute when she ran down the right side of the field and knocked the ball into the left corner of the net.
“We got a little too comfortable at halftime,” Robinson said. “We built up a decent lead and they’re a good team. We had two close games with them last year, and I think the girls came out a little slow but they turned it on when they needed to. “I’m very fortunate to have some good players that know how to play.”
Santiago scored her second goal off a free kick in the 79th minute to put the Gators back up by five goals. Santiago also had one assist in the game, while Madison Sullivan dished out two assists.
The Gators next host Rosewood on Monday, while Goldsboro travels to Midway on Tuesday.