TAMPA - Jesuit defeated Frostproof, 3-0, in Class 3A, exhibiting solid defensive play and a relentless attack. The Tigers advanced to the semifinals Tuesday night at home against Fort Myers Bishop Verot.
Jesuit wasted little time getting on the board when it scored in the first 11 seconds as Billy Taylor took a pass and drove deep down the right sideline, unleashing a driving kick toward the goal that bounced off a Bulldogs defender and went in.
"That was huge for us," Taylor said. "We've kind of made it a habit of scoring early, and that was our plan again tonight."
Less than two minutes later, Jesuit got its second goal when Chad Dalton scored from 30 feet.
Frostproof held Jesuit scoreless for the remainder of the first half despite numerous threats by the Tigers.
The Jesuit defense, led by Kyle Piecora, did not allow Frostproof a shot on goal in the game's opening half.
Jesuit sophomore Wesley Sima iced the game for the Tigers with the game's final goal in the 58th minute.
"I thought we started out well in those first couple of minutes, but we didn't put them away," said Jesuit coach Bob Bauman. "If we are going to go deep in this postseason, we are going to have to learn to do that. I was impressed tonight, though, with our passing. We work on that a lot, and I think it paid off."
Jesuit goalkeeper Keith Meehan registered his eighth shutout.
Bucs blank St. John Neumann
TAMPA - Berkeley Prep wasted little time in establishing its dominance in a convincing 6-0 victory at home against Naples St. John Neumann.
The Buccaneers, ranked No.1 in Class 2A, rarely were challenged, scoring three goals in each half. Tyler Davis led the way with a hat trick. Scott Strickland had two goals and an assist. Dan Harari netted the other goal.
With the victory, Berkeley Prep (24-1-1) advances to the region semifinals Tuesday to face Tampa Prep. The Bucs defeated Tampa Prep 4-1 Feb. 6 to claim the district championship.
"I thought we pressured them (St. John Neumann) well, and I was pleased with our passing, we moved the ball well," Berkeley Prep coach Dave Zimmerman said. "Their keeper made a couple of outstanding saves early on, and it kept them in the match."
Not for long.
The Bucs' relentless pressure finally broke through with 13:29 left in the first half when Davis scored his 45th goal of the season off a feed from Parker Melech. Harari and Strickland quickly followed with their goals to set up the Bucs' 3-0 halftime lead and the eventual rout.
- ROD GIPSON
Terrapins blitz All Saints'
TAMPA - Host Tampa Prep was on the attack all night long as Terrapins they eased past All Saints' Academy 5-0 in Class 2A. The game went back and forth early, but Tampa Prep quickly gained control of the ball and stayed on the Saints side of the field for most of the game, taking 39 shots compared to only eight by the Saints (10-11-2).
"We started out a little slow," Tampa Prep coach Jose DaCosta said. "But we seemed to really come together after we scored our first goal and kept control of the game."
The Terrapins were led offensively by Brian Harmony, who scored his first goal with 29:33 remaining in the first half. Harmony scored his second off of a steal with two minutes left in the first half and completed his hat trick off of a rebound finding the Saints goalie out of place for the easy score.