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Bulls fall short in district final

Sarasota runs by Bloomingdale with two goales in the second half to lock up the 6A-6 championship game.

By TERRY JONES
Published February 5, 2005


VALRICO - After an even match in the first half, Sarasota stepped up its intensity in the second to defeat Bloomingdale 2-0 Friday night and capture the Class 6A, District 6 championship. Both teams will play quarterfinal region matches Thursday.

In the first 14 minutes of the second half, Bloomingdale matched the level of Sarasota's attack with an aggressive defense, but 15 minutes into the second half Mickey Massey headed a corner kick past the Bulls keeper from about five feet in front of the net.

Devon Consul laid the ball on Massey's head with a corner kick to set up the goal.

Twenty minutes later, Consul laid the ball at the feet of David Hawley, who kicked it left of the goalie to the back of the net for the final goal of the game.

Neither team gained an advantage in the first half, but Sarasota's speed was evident in some of the attacks against the Bloomingdale net.

"We are blessed with some guys who can flat out run," Sarasota coach Aaron McFarland said. "They can simply outrun the defenses we meet. God gave them that speed, though, no one can teach it.

"I am really proud of the guys tonight. This is Sarasota's first district title in six years and my second year here. It will be good to have a game at home next week."

The intimating backs of the Bulls often forced the Sailors' attempts on goal to go wide and high above the bar.

At the half each team had only three shots. The keepers on each side made some spectacular saves to keep the scoring at zero in the first 40 minutes.

In the quarterfinal Thursday, Sarasota hosts the winner of the Orlando Freedom/Orlando Oakridge match. The Sailors move forward with an 18-6-2 record.

Bloomingdale is 7-7-3 and will travel for Thursday's regional match.