VALRICO - Monique LaMotte scored twice as Freedom (6-2, 5-0) won 4-0 against Bloomingdale (4-1-1, 2-1) in girls soccer Thursday. The win made it six in a row for the Patriots, who have not allowed a goal during the win streak.
Freedom took the lead in the 26th minute when Lauren Kist took a free kick from in front of the goal which was punched away by Bulls goalkeeper Cristina Coca, setting up a corner kick. The corner from Kist led to a scramble in front of the Bloomingdale goal and Rachel Roddenberry passed the ball to LaMotte, who shot with her left foot into the right corner of the net.
The Patriots' second goal came early in the second half when LaMotte took advantage of an approaching Coca and scored.
"I had someone right on my shoulder," LaMotte said of the second goal. "But I saw the goalie come out so I stuck my foot out and put it in the left corner."
The second goal gave LaMotte 11 for the season. LaMotte also picked up an assist on the Patriots' third goal, crossing the ball in front of the box to Jessica Baumann, who drilled it into the back of the net. Freedom's final goal was by Ashley Tighe, who scored after a deflected shot.
For the Bulls, missed opportunities and strong play by Freedom keeper Sarah Cardozo were the difference. Early in the first half a one-on-one shot by Bloomingdale's Staci Tedrick was wrapped up by Cardozo. The Bulls had missed opportunities in the second half with a free kick that went over the crossbar and another when the Patriots stopped a cross into the penalty area with the net open.
After the match, Freedom coach Chris Hinkle said much of the success of his team's last six matches has been due to the play of Cardozo, who last season was the Patriots' leading scorer.
"Sarah was our starting stopper in our first two games," Hinkle said of Cardozo. "I asked her if she would go into the goal because she is such a fantastic athlete."
"I know it is a sacrifice for her but I asked her to make it happen and now she has six shutouts back there."