CLEARWATER - Countryside has been on a roll lately, but it never expected to beat neighborhood rival Clearwater so easily.
The Cougars scored six quick second-half goals to take an 8-0 win over the Tornadoes. Countryside led 2-0 at halftime, but the game was called with 16 minutes left in regulation after the Cougars scored early and often in the second half.
"Clearwater is a really good team," Countryside coach David Sica said. "We just played our best game tonight. We did everything we needed to do. Our guys just came to play."
Forward Josh Martinez had three assists in the win.
"They have a great defense at Clearwater; we just had everything working for us tonight," Martinez said.
Countryside played Clearwater to a draw until late in the first half, when Countryside scored on the first true scoring opportunity for either team.
With just over four minutes left in the half, Kyle Kuhlman raced down the right sideline and fired a kick past goaltender Alex Thorn. Less than a minute later, Chris Taylor stole the ball at midfield and fired a point-blank shot past Thorn to make it 2-0.
The Cougars blew the game open in the second half.
Kuhlman scored his second goal on a rush down the right side and was alone in front of the Clearwater goal. Seconds later, Griffin Gilstrap made it 4-0 and added his second goal on his next shot.
Christian Macey, Mike Favero, and Juan Rivas also scored for the Cougars.