Bulls Down Bucs In Premier Soccer
Dec 24, 2003
TAMPA - Bloomingdale advanced to the final of the
Premier bracket at the Student Sports Soccer Tournament at Ed Radice
Complex, but only after surviving a major scare from a talented
Berkeley Prep team, coming from 2-0 down to win 3-2, Tom Davidson
scoring the game winner five minutes from full time.
The Buccaneers took a two- goal lead in the first half through
goals by Tom Biddenger and Tyler Davis, but down by two goals, the
Bulls appeared to wake up, creating a number of good chances, but
were turned back by Berkeley goalkeeper Andy McAdams.
Berkeley was dealt a major blow in the second half when captain
Demitri Amaoutakis was replaced because of injury, and it was his
absence that may have led to the Bulls' comeback, with Muniz making
amends for his earlier miss, scoring twice in four minutes to tie
the game. Muniz also played a part in Davidson's goal, his shot
being too hot to handle for McAdams, Davidson scoring on the rebound
to give the Bulls the lead, 3-2.
Bloomingdale had earlier crushed a highly ranked Lake Mary team
4-0 to advance to the semifinals, while Berkeley had to fight with
Satellite, McAdams saving a penalty in regulation and then two in a
shootout to advance Berkeley to their showdown with Bloomingdale.<
JESUIT, BRANDON IN ELITE FINAL: Brandon staged two remarkable
comebacks to earn a place in the final of the Elite bracket at the
Student Sports Soccer tournament, defeating Palm Harbor and Palm
Beach Gardens after being down in both games.
Brandon took the lead in their semifinals against Palm Beach
Gardens, Andy Skiffington scoring on a first-time shot. The Gators
pulled even five minutes later, and took the lead four minutes into
the second half. It was all Brandon, Skiffington adding a second
with a back post tap-in, and Jermaine Walters sealing the victory
with a powerful header from a Matt Thompson corner.
Jesuit will face the Eagles in the final after the Tigers easily
defeated Seabreeze 3-0, Xaviero Pecora continuing his scoring
streak, getting the opener for the Tigers. Jesuit dominated the game
from the outset, and Chad Dalton capitalized on a rebound
opportunity to extend the Tigers lead to 2-0 before the break.
Kevin Sierra scored a fantastic curling effort in the second half
to close out the scoring.
Brandon and Jesuit both staged thrilling comebacks earlier in the
day to advance to the semifinals, Brandon coming from 3-1 down to
Palm Harbor at half-time before goals by Walters and two from Ryan
Teneyck, including a 25- yard volley to win the game, took the
Eagles through 4-3. Jesuit had a similar comeback, Chad Dalton
scoring midway twice against Varela to tie the game 3-3 before
goalkeeper Keith Meehan saved Varela's first penalty, with all five
Jesuit players scoring on their penalties to advance the Tigers.<
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