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Bulls avoid trap, coast to 4-1 win

CLASS 4A: Angelo Metallo's three goals help Bloomingdale get past Sarasota and into the semifinals.

By TERRY JONES
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 14, 2003


VALRICO -- Bloomingdale's Angelo Metallo darted around the Sarasota offside trap for two of his three goals in the first five minutes Tuesday, setting an early pace for a 4-1 victory and a berth in next week's semifinals.

When the Bulls charged down the middle, the offside trap worked. But when Bulls forwards and midfielders slanted to the outside to receive the passes, the Sailors' trap usually collapsed.

"Bloomingdale is an excellent team and there is no doubt about that," Sarasota coach Kresho Kurtin said. "When they got around our trap with their speed, making two goals early, we put a faster guy on one side. That helped a little."

Metallo, a senior midfielder/forward, completed his hat trick midway through the second half, capping the scoring with a 20-yard shot off a pass from Tom Davison.

"They were marking me pretty tight, grabbing my shirt and doing some pushing, but that is just intense soccer, especially at this level," Metallo said. "This is my last season, though, and I simply want my team to win. I tried to make every shot count.

"We started practicing two days at 6:30 a.m. this week to better prepare for the matches ahead. It really helps."

Davison, a junior forward, scored the Bulls' third goal in the 20th minute on an assist by Alex Muniz. Jon Emery assisted on Metallo's first goal.

Both sides made impressive runs at the opposing nets. Bloomingdale took 12 shots on goal to Sarasota's 10. Gregory Henry scored the Sailors' lone goal in the first minute of the second half.

"We have some things we must work on before our next match, but a win is a win for tonight," Bloomingdale coach Sam Isajar said. "We need to work on breaking the offside trap. We need to improve there, and we need to keep the ball lower on our passes.

"But we did what we had to do to win tonight."

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