North Port coach Joey Sorbino hasn’t been a big fan of preseason tournaments, but decided to host one this season.
After two shutout wins over Lemon Bay High on Wednesday and Charlotte High on Thursday, he’s glad he did.
The Bobcats went 2-0 in the tournament, winning 3-0 over Charlotte and have some confidence heading into Monday’s regular season opener against Port Charlotte High School.
“We played a much better game tonight,” Sorbino said. “That’s what this is really about. The preseason for us was a trial phase to see how we can do going forward. The foundation is there now for what we can do. We know what we’re capable of. We have a standard we can hold ourselves to.”
The Bobcats couldn’t find room on offense in the first half, but found a few chances just before halftime, which helped spark some momentum in the second.
With 24 minutes left in the second half, North Port broke through with a goal from John Victor Oliveira to break the stalemate.
That got the Bobcats rolling as Thomas Souza and Camilo Arango added to the scoring.
Arango also had two goals in the Bobcats’ 2-0 win over the Mantas. Lemon Bay defeated came back on Thursday and beat Oasis 4-2 for third place.
North Port also got its second consecutive shutout thanks to the play of goalkeeper Alvaro Amaya.
“Going 2-0, we have to give big props to our goalkeeper Alvaro Amaya,” Sorbino said. “There are two zeroes on the score opard in two games. that’s huge for us. That’s something in the past that we’ve been missing. He’s our goalie, he’s our go-to guy.”