Jesuit can't catch up to speedy Seminole

Published January 19, 2006

TAMPA - Seminole topped Jesuit for the second time this season, winning 2-1 Wednesday on the Tigers' home field. The Warhawks also beat the Tigers 3-1 in the Admiral Tournament in December.

Jacob Settle opened scoring on an assist from Bryan Massem in the seventh minute.

In the 15th minute, David Pollard put Seminole up 2-0 when he nailed a free kick from 25 yards out over a wall of defenders into the upper corner, giving Jesuit keeper Justin Morris no play on the ball.

Seminole (17-3-2) gave one back in the 24th minute when goalie T.J. Grzeskowski couldn't handle a hard pass back, and Tigers forward Nick Plasencia was there to knock it in.

Jesuit (19-4-1) kept the Warhawks on their heels most of the second half, outshooting them 10-2, but the Tigers could not find the back of the net as Grzeskowski made a couple of big saves.

"(Grzeskowski) is the most improved player on the team from the beginning of the season till now," Seminole coach Rick Masi said. "He did great in the second half. He just needs to come out with more authority to control those balls in the box."

Jesuit's David Dunnigan appeared to have scored the tying goal with 10 minutes remaining, but the referee ruled he was offsides when Plasencia headed on a cross to him from Gary Crayton.

Jesuit coach Bob Bauman said Seminole's speed gave his team some problems, and the Tigers have not been good at making comebacks this season.

"When we gave up those early goals, we dug ourselves a deep hole," Bauman said. "In the games we've been down, we have played hard in the second half but never with enough urgency to get us over the top."

Both coaches said the game was a great tune up for the upcoming district playoffs. But first, each has a big game remaining.

Seminole faces Palm Harbor University for the Pinellas County Athletic Conference championship on Friday, and Jesuit plays old rival Clearwater Central Catholic in Saturday's "Senior Day" game.