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NEW PORT RICHEY -- Halfway through the season, the Seven Springs Middle boys soccer team was unbeaten and unscored upon, and there was talk of finishing that way.
"They started mentioning it after the River Ridge game," Seven Springs coach Vince Schell said of a 3-0 victory that made it 4-0. "Then after the Hudson game (a 5-0 victory that extended the streak to 6-0), they really focused on it.
"At that point in time, I kind of challenged them because I didn't think it could be done."
Schell thought wrong. On Dec.18, the Jaguars capped a 10-0 season without allowing a goal with a 6-0 defeat of Weightman.
That gave Seven Springs its second Pasco County Middle School Athletic Conference title in the school's seven-year history.
Seven Springs did not lose a game last season either (going 6-0-4) but finished second to Pine View (7-0-3). "It says a lot for 12- to 14-year-old kids to set their sights on what really is an unattainable goal," Schell said. "For something like that, there has to be so many breaks. Things have to go your way."
The Jaguars scored 50 goals this season with Matt O'Shaughnessy (nine), Jon Koshko (eight) and Adam Walker (seven) combining for nearly half. Koshko led the team with 12 assists. His most timely helper came Dec.16 in the Jaguars' closest game. Koshko's corner kick set up Anthony Santocroce, whose header in the 12th minute was the lone goal in a 1-0 victory against Pine View.
That contest, played in a downpour, caused Schell some concern. One slip, the coach believed, and both records (for wins and goals allowed) could have been washed away.
"The only thing you get nervous about is the conditions and the kids making a mistake," Schell said.
In all, 13 Jaguars had at least a point. In the most lopsided victory, 8-0 against Centennial, nine players figured in the scoring.
Koshko had two goals and an assist in that game. Adam Walker, Kevin Trapp, Steven Schultz, Chris Clay, Ali Fawaz and Matt Galicz added a goal in that game with Bradley Chapman, O'Shaughnessy, Trapp and Fawaz getting assists.
In the season finale, Chapman and Fawaz scored twice with O'Shaughnessy adding two assists. Goalkeeper Robert Biesiedzinski was credited with the shutouts.
"Actually, my goalie wasn't tested much. I have a very strong defense," Schell said.
Biesiedzinski had plenty of help in the back, led by sweeper Dan Butensky and stopper Brett Schultz. The Jaguars also got steady play from defenders Zach Wilkinson, Jimmy Davis and Ruan Vosloo.
Schell, who has coached soccer for 25 years, mostly at the youth level, said this fall always will be a season to remember.
"Even though it's only middle school, it's something that (the players) can look back on," Schell said. "We had a magic season. It's something they will always carry."