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Pressure builds as PKs decide games

Series: HILLSBOROUGH; BOYS SOCCER:[LATE TAMPA Edition]

LAURA LEESt. Petersburg TimesSt. Petersburg, Fla.: Dec 21, 2003.  pg. 13.C

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Copyright Times Publishing Co. Dec 21, 2003

Jesuit and Brandon were lucky: Only one of the Tigers' and Eagles' games came down to

penalty kicks in Saturday's opening of the Student Sports Invitational.

 

Palm Harbor University had to go through it twice, as did Seminole. Since there is no

overtime, several games came down to PK's.

 

Brandon plays Palm Harbor on Monday for a trip to the Elite championship bracket,

and Jesuit, which won both its games Saturday, has to go through Miami Virela to earn

a shot at the title.

 

There are four pools with four teams each, and one team from each pool advances to

the championship bracket, play for which begins Monday.

 

Brandon lost its first game 2-1 (6-5) in penalty kicks to Hialeah American. The Eagles led

1-0 on an a goal from Andy Skiffington for most of the game, but American tied it with

three minutes to play. In Brandon's second game the Eagles handled Jacksonville Bolles

easily, holding on to a 2-0 halftime lead. Skiffington and Ryan Teneyck scored.

 

Both of Palm Harbor's games went to penalty kicks, and freshman goalie Phil

Xanthondakis, normally a reserve, came up with huge saves in wins over Bolles and

American.

 

The Hurricanes had to come back in both games, especially difficult in the second game

against a quick, balanced and skilled American team. American was up 1-0 when Steven

Whiteside scored on a scissor kick in the 47th minute. After another American goal

David Cole tied the game at 2 in the 62nd minute. The Hurricanes won 4-3 in penalty

kicks when American's opportunity to tie went over the goal.

 

The main thing Palm Harbor coach Juan Pablo Pinzon said he knows about Brandon is it

won the state championship last season. And the only time Brandon coach Allen Ware

has seen the Hurricanes play was two years ago, when they won the state title.

 

"I know that they're good and we have to be on our game to contend with them,"

Ware said.

 

Although both teams were tied for the lead in their pool, the loser of the game could

be going home if American beats Bolles.

 

Jesuit beat Tallahassee Lincoln in penalty kicks in its first game. The Tigers came back

in the second to beat St. Augustine Nease 2-0. Sophomore Xaviero Pecora scored both

gaols in the second half.

 

Defending state champion Seminole faced Servite, the defending state champ from

California, in its second game. The Warhawks played Servite to a 2-2 tie but fell 5-4 in

penalty kicks. Since Seminole won its first game 1-0 in penalty kicks over Palm Beach,

the Warhawks are in contention to play for a spot in the consolation bracket.

 

Plant lost both its games and is out of the running.

 

Premier bracket

 

CITRUS PARK - Berkeley Prep dominated, Bloomingdale got some measure of revenge

and Clearwater Central Catholic stayed alive in the Premier bracket of the Student

Sports Invitational Radice Park.

 

The host Buccaneers stayed unbeaten at 8-0-1 after pounding Louisiana Northside 7-1

and Countryside 4-0. Tyler Davis had a pair of goals in each game.

 

"Our level of confidence (against Countryside) just rose throughout the whole game,"

Bucs coach Dave Zimmerman said. "We have great team chemistry right now."

 

Bloomingdale avenged a blowout loss to Melbourne Central Catholic in last season's

tournament with a 1-0 win on penalty kicks. The Bulls later topped Sarasota Cardinal

Mooney 5-2, setting up a showdown at 11 a.m. Monday with Lake Mary.

 

Gaither (6-5) dominated from start to finish against CCC (5-1-2) but could not find the

back of the net. After a scoreless tie, the Cowboys won the shootout 3-2.

 

However, it was the day's earlier results that knocked Gaither out of the tournament.

While CCC beat Oviedo 2-1, the Cowboys fell 2- 0 against Tallahassee Leon. A

regulation win is worth 3 points, a shootout win worth 2 and a shootout loss worth 1.

With Leon winning 3-1 over Oviedo in the late game, Gaither was eliminated from the

championship bracket and needs a win Monday against Oviedo combined with a CCC

loss to play for fifth.

 

"This was definitely one of the better games we've played all season, but we're still

looking for an offensive leader to step up and put it in for us," Gaither coach Eric Sims

said.

 

If CCC wins outright against Leon at noon Monday, the Marauders advance to the

championship bracket. If they tie, they play for fifth. A loss combined with a Gaither

win sends CCC home.

 

- Times corrospondent Jeremy Rasmussen contributed to this report.

 
 

 

 

 
 
 

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