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Gaither gets by Tornadoes

CLASS 4A: The Cowboys take advantage of a young keeper, scoring three goals on free kicks in a 3-0 victory.

By ANTHONY GAGLIANO

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 14, 2003


SARASOTA -- Trevor Scott proved deadly with the ball on his foot Thursday, figuring in all three goals as Gaither beat Sarasota Riverview 3-0.

Each of the goals came on free kicks. Scott assisted on the first two and scored the third. Gaither will meet either John I. Leonard or Vero Beach in the semifinals.

"When I have the ball at my foot, it's just picking a guy out or hitting it right in the back of the net," Scott said.

The junior midfielder did the latter in the 68th minute, capitalizing on a foul near the right sideline just outside the box. Scott hooked a tailing shot over the head of Tornadoes freshman keeper Kevin Campbell from a difficult angle to cap the scoring for the Cowboys (12-9-3).

"(Trevor's) definitely been the biggest surprise for us," Gaither coach Eric Sims said. "He's stepped up his game tremendously since last year.

"On the free kicks, we had them scouted. We knew they had a young keeper, and we wanted to put all the balls in on him."

The game plan began to take shape in the 44th minute when Scott launched a free kick from the right side into the box for forward Richard Jackson. Jackson's header was wide of the goal, but he found his mark less than a minute later. Off another Scott free kick, his back header floated into the box, and junior Marcus Dickson got behind his defender and headed the redirection home.

The Cowboys struck again early in the second half, using the same formula. A Scott free kick put the ball into the box, and Tony Barekat's header fell right to the left foot of Joe Rotolo, who planted the ball into the back of the net for a 2-0 Cowboys lead.

Gaither had multiple chances early, outshooting the Rams 9-6 in the first half. Sarasota Riverview (10-15) found the back of the net first after David Somma got open on a free kick, but his goal was waved off after he was ruled offside.

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