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Tigers trample Crusaders

By BRYAN BURNS
Published November 13, 2005


TAMPA - Jesuit scored five second-half goals, including two each from Kyle Sierra and Santi Alexis, to drop Tampa Catholic 6-0 on Saturday.

Sierra scored his first off a Xavi Pecora free kick early in the second half. Pecora found Wes Sima in the box who headed the ball to Sierra in front of the goal. Sierra calmly headed the shot past Crusaders goalie Andrew Harrison for a 2-0 lead.

"I was kind of surprised at first because I didn't think the ball was going to come to me," Sierra said of his first goal. "When it came to me, I just redirected it in."

Less than four minutes later, Sierra moved between two defenders and, one-on-one with the keeper, put a shot past the outstretched Harrison.

"We were more relaxed in the second half," Sierra said. "We weren't forcing. We were getting it to the wings, and that's how we score goals."

Alexis made it 4-0 with 20 minutes left, bending in a free kick from just outside the goal box. He scored the final goal with less than two minutes remaining.

"Friday night and (Saturday) we had 1-0 leads at halftime where we're dominating play but we're not doing anything to put the ball in the back of the net," said Jesuit coach Bob Bauman, who received his 400th coaching victory in Friday's 4-0 win over Bartow.

"We need to come out with a bigger sense of urgency and a little more intensity."

Jesuit (3-0) led 1-0 going into the half thanks to a nice run from Pecora.

With a little over 18 minutes remaining in the half, Pecora received a through ball and, one-on-one with the keeper, buried the shot in the lower, right corner of the net.

Phillip Jeter scored the fourth of Jesuit's five second-half goals with 13:20 remaining.

The Tigers held Tampa Catholic (0-1) to just four shots.