LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Like most coaches, Dustin Dahlquist isn't easy to please.
So Palmetto's boys soccer coach found plenty to quibble with Monday after his Tigers opened the 2012 Nike Thanksgiving High School Soccer Tournament at the Premier Sports Complex.
What Dahlquist couldn't complain about, however, was the final score. The Tigers defeated Clearwater 4-0.
"I thought the game was played a little slow," Dahlquist said. "First game of the week, so I don't think anybody wants to go all out. We can play ball a little better, a little quicker. But the end result was OK."
The Tigers (3-1) took a 1-0 lead late in the first half on a goal by Raul Loera and dominated play after the break, outshooting the Tornadoes 16-1.
Javis Paniagua scored on a penalty kick midway through the second half before Tyler Brown, off a cross from Michael Moret, and Rondaldo Morcelo added goals late.
The boys portion of the tournament is split into four groups. The Tigers are in Group D along with Clearwater, Countryside and Braden River.
Palmetto plays twice Tuesday, against Countryside at 9 a.m. and Braden River at 8 p.m.
"We're going to have to play better to beat Countryside and Braden River," Dahlquist said. "It's going to be a long day (Tuesday), a long time to wait between games."
Dahlquist figures his players will head home between games and take a quick nap.
"Hopefully," he said, "they'll wake up a little earlier than what they did (Monday), because it took us a while to get going."
EAST LAKE 4, LAKEWOOD RANCH 0 -- The Mustangs fell during the first day of Group B play. Yet Lakewood Ranch coach Vito Bavaro wasn't too upset about the result.
"We're trying out a lot of new things, putting different kids in different spots," he said. "We're trying to find the right combination because they haven't worked yet."
The Mustangs fell to 3-3 with the loss.
"We had district games all last week and district games coming up next week," Bavaro said. "Those are where we have to get the Ws."
LAKEWOOD RANCH 3, CLEARWATER CENTRAL CATHOLIC 0 -- The Mustangs began Monday's tournament looking to try new things, searching to put players in the proper positions for what could pay dividends in a long playoff run.
So head coach Vito Bavaro's decision to maneuver players around proved more successful in the nightcap than it did in Ranch's afternoon defeat to East Lake.
The Mustangs ripped past the CCC behind goals from Ryan Sollazzo, Jimmy Jaime and Andrew Fallon to improve to 4-3 on the season and 1-1 in Group B of the Thanksgiving tournament.
"We finally got some guys in the right positions, which we didn't have in the first game," Bavaro said. "We kept moving guys around to see who is going to do what. One of the reasons is I have a couple kids hurt. I have a couple kids away for Thanksgiving. ... We're still a pretty good team, it's just finding the kids the right positions, that's going to be the key for us this year."