Oak Hall pounds PKY, 8-0

Published: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 21, 2003 at 11:11 p.m.
Since starting the season with a 10-5 mark, the Oak Hall girls soccer team has won eight consecutive matches, including an 8-0 rout of district foe P.K. Yonge on Tuesday night.
Senior midfielder Katie Roark continued to shine for the Eagles, finding the back of the net four times and adding an assist to help Oak Hall improve to 18-5 overall and 14-0 in District 3-A.
"Katie has been stepping it up lately, playing faster and making quicker decisions," Oak Hall coach Basil Benjamin said. "We have also gotten strong senior leadership on and off the field, and we've been seeing the result of that."
The Eagles took a commanding 5-0 lead into halftime against the Blue Wave (12-2-1). Three quick goals after the break ended the game just five minutes into the half. Both of P.K. Yonge's losses have come to Oak Hall (5-1 in the season opener).
During their winning streak, which began after losses to Buchholz and South Fork in the Lady Bobcat Invitational earlier this month, the Eagles have outscored opponents 59-1.
The Eagles put their streak on the line when they face Class A standout St. John Country Day on Friday and Class 4A powerhouse Buchholz, which they have never beaten, on Monday.
"We played some really tough teams in the Buchholz tournament, and they exposed some of our weaknesses," Benjamin said. "We came back and worked on some of those things, and tonight you saw some of that."
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