By Chuck Ballaro, Sun Correspondent
PUNTA GORDA — The way Reuben Bohdanets was talking, you would have thought the North Port High School boys soccer team had to struggle in its District 4A-11 matchup against Charlotte.
That wasn’t the case.
Bohdanets, a senior forward, figured in all the scoring with two goals and two assists in an easy 4-0 victory Thursday.
The Bobcats (3-3, 2-2) dominated, peppering Charlotte goalkeeper Jason Gaudemer with 32 shots and holding a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks.
But the 32 shots and four goals told a different story to North Port coach Gerard Gregoire. It showed a lack of patience in looking for a better shot.
“We should have scored more goals. As much as we did, we weren’t patient enough. We’re not taking the best selection of shots,” Gregoire said. “We are creating and getting after it, so I can’t complain about that.”
Bohdanets agreed they could have done much more, especially after taking 15 shots in the first half and leaving with a 1-0 lead.
“We didn’t want to finish the half with one goal. We needed to get our shots more on target,” Bohdanets said. “That’s something the coach has told me about, being more patient.”
It also didn’t help that Gaudemer had an excellent night in goal, all things considered. He made several big saves that kept things from getting out of hand for Charlotte (1-5, 0-4).
The shots he did allow were blasts. Bohdanets started it out with a blast from 25 yards out after a steal and breakaway in the 29th minute to start the scoring.
The Bobcats continued the domination in the second half. Camilo Arango took a pass from Bohdanets and raced down the field before blasting another one by Gaudemer to make it 2-0.
Jessie Krokus scored in the 65th minute and Bohdanets added a penalty kick in the closing minutes to complete the scoring.
Charlotte coach Alex Lebeau lamented the opportunities they left on the field. Aaron Rivers had two great chances, one that hit the crossbar in the first half that would have given the Tarpons the early lead, and another in the second, where he had a breakaway and chose to pass.
“That’s been a recurring issue where glaring chances that should go in haven’t. That’s not an issue of luck, it’s an issue of putting it in the net,” Lebeau said. “Man for man they outplayed us while we had a couple of kids trying to play other people’s roles.”