By LAURA LEE
© St. Petersburg Times
published November 28, 2002
Though they lost in the region quarterfinals, Calvary Christian and Canterbury are happy about the way their seasons turned out.
Calvary coach Dave Bintz, whose Warriors finished a school-best 18-4 after being 7-13-1 last season, is pleased with the turnaround.
"Maybe we set the standard for our school," Bintz said about the 3-year-old program. "It was the first time for this group of kids to experience anything beyond district competition. It's a valuable lesson of knowing what to expect and how it feels."
James Kostka, Canterbury's first-year coach, said he wasn't disappointed with the team's 3-13-1 finish.
"The kids had a lot of fun," Kostka said. "They all worked hard. I'm just proud of my team."
Calvary lost 5-1 to Tampa Baptist and Canterbury was outmatched by Lakeland Christian 9-0.
The Warriors were shorthanded for the playoff game, Bintz said, as one player was serving a suspension and another missed the first half for medical reasons.
"It would have been a lot closer, but I think Tampa Baptist was the better team," Bintz said. "But you never know."
Right wing Bryan Hodae scored with five seconds to play in the first half to give the Warriors their only goal.
Canterbury wasn't surprised with the ending of its region game.
"They're just a really well put-together team," Kostka said of undefeated Lakeland Christian.
The team was still happy about its performance in the district tournament when the Crusaders beat Bayshore Christian 2-1 in overtime on Robert Donaldson's goal with 30 seconds to play.