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Mauricio Puerto-Quintanilla scores two goals to lead Lawrence

Lawrence's Mauricio scored two goals in the second

Lawrence's Mauricio scored two goals in the second half for the Golden Tornado on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. Credit: by Jack McCoy

Lawrence boys soccer can score in bunches and that was clear Friday afternoon.

The Golden Tornado scored four goals in a nine-minute span in the second half in its 4-1 win over visiting Wantagh in a Nassau A-II game. Liam Ireland scored to give Wantagh the lead in the first half, before Mauricio Puerto-Quintanilla scored in the 49th and 50th minutes to put Lawrence ahead.

Darwin Reyes scored five minutes later to double the advantage before his brother Danny made it 4-1 in the 58th minute.

“It’s an 80-minute game and they kept plugging away,” Lawrence coach Patrick Leary said. “Wantagh defended us well in the first half. That’s a tough side. But we’ve been scoring in bunches and once we got rolling, we put four goals in the net.”

The win brings Lawrence’s record to 5-0 in conference play and 5-0-1 overall. Leary’s squad is averaging 4.3 goals per game and conceding just 1.3.

Puerto-Quintanilla, who now has 12 goals and four assists this season, has been a big part of this offensive surge.

“He’s very talented, he has a good nose for the goal and has some teammates that can feed him the ball,” his coach said.

Wantagh dropped to 2-2.

Leary also said Lawrence’s defense has been essential to the team’s strong start.

“My backs are all upperclassmen. It’s a foundation defensively that allows the offensive players to do their thing,” he said. “If we can keep teams at zero, they will have a hard time keeping us at zero.”

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