Lindsay Martinez penalty kick carries Lakewood Ranch by rival Braden River

LAKEWOOD RANCH — Lindsay Martinez feels the pressure that comes with taking a penalty kick.

But the Lakewood Ranch senior doesn’t succumb to the nerves.

Rather, she keeps her head down and sticks to her game plan.

On Thursday, Martinez converted a crucial penalty kick in the 68th minute to lift the hosts past Braden River 1-0 in a Class 4A-District 11 match.

“You want to score for the fans and for your team, so it’s a lot of pressure,” Martinez said. ” … I usually always pick one side and that’s what I stick to.”

The goal lifted Ranch (7-0-1, 6-0-1) into first place in the district, while handing the Pirates (7-1-2, 5-1-2) their first defeat.

It was also the Mustangs’ eighth shutout in eight matches.

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