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Two good in goal

Gulf keepers Jessica Santoli and Devin Fellman are so stellar the coach can't decide who to start.

By JOHN C. COTEY
Published January 11, 2007


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If she could make the choice, Jessica Santoli knows who she would pick to start every game in the net for Gulf:

Jessica Santoli.

If Devin Fellman had the opportunity to choose her starting keeper, she wouldn't need but a second:

Devin Fellman.

But if coach Shari Schau had to make a choice, she would, well, pass.

For now.

Actually, for the rest of the season.

The district tournament is looming, but a decision from Schau on her No. 1 keeper isn't - she said she'll play both in the tournament and go with the hot hand.

And why not? It's worked so far.

The Bucs are 10-6-3, but Santoli, a sophomore, and the junior Fellman are indistinguishable.

Both have played 720 minutes.

Santoli has allowed eight goals and has seven shutouts; Fellman has allowed seven goals and has eight shutouts.

Santoli has 33 saves, Fellman has 40.

Flip a coin.

And that's just about what Schau does.

Neither player is thrilled with the situation, nor are they upset about it. Their friendship makes it easier.

"It's hard for both of us," Fellman said. "We're just trying to deal with it."

Both players should return next season.

As for Schau, she said you can count on a decision next year.

"We're not doing this again," she said.

John C. Cotey can be reached at 727 869-6261 or e-mail cotey@sptimes.com.

Hit him with your best shot

Times staff writer John C. Cotey had the keepers square off in a battle of Q&A, and if Schau can't break the tie, then he will.

Last book read

Fellman: Painting the Black by Carl Deuker

Santoli: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling.

Winner: Santoli. More than 3,300 reviews on Amazon.com, while Deuker's book comes in at 30. Both have 4.5 star ratings though.

Nickname

Fellman: Dev.

Santoli: Jess.

Winner: Certainly not creativity. These are just shortened versions of their first names. It's a draw.

Favorite song

Fellman: Summertime by Kenny Chesney.

Santoli: Lips of an Angel by Hinder.

Winner: Not even a dislike for country can stop Fellman from winning over Nickelback knockoff Hinder.

Favorite singer/band

Fellman: Josh Gracin

Santoli: Don't have one.

Winner: Fellman takes a 2-1 lead by default, despite picking an American Idol castoff.

McDonald's or Burger King?

Fellman: Do I have to pick one?

Santoli: McDonald's.

Winner: We found Fellman's resistance to the question funny enough to give her the category and a 3-1 lead.

Better to stop: PK or breakaway

Fellman: PK.

Santoli: Breakaway.

Winner: Santoli. Breakaways are so much cooler, happening suddenly and within the flow of the game.

Favorite place to shop

Fellman: Hollister

Santoli: American Eagle.

Winner: Draw. The best place to shop is either Best Buy or Circuit City.

Come on, girls.

Favorite food

Fellman: Chicken and pineapple.

Santoli: Spaghetti and egg paddies.

Winner: Six eggs beaten, 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs, 1/2 cup Italian parsley, 3/4 cup imported pecorino romano cheese grated, 3 garlic cloves chopped, salt and pepper all fried up? Are you kidding me? Buon Appetito! Santoli all the way, and we're tied 3-3.

Favorite soccer player

Fellman: Mia Hamm.

Santoli: Briana Scurry.

Winner: Scurry was a goalkeeper, and these are goalkeepers, right? Okay then. Santoli takes the lead 4-3.

Best subject in school

Fellman: Math

Santoli: Science

Winner: Both wrong! It's journalism. Unless you want to make money. Still, it's a draw.

Best breakfast food

Fellman: Eggs and bacon, but the eggs can't be too runny or it just kills it.

Santoli: French toast.

Winner: Eggs and bacon, preferably about a pound or so, is the perfect breakfast. Fellman wins to tie it up.

Turns out, these two Bucs really are even.

John C. Cotey can be reached at (727) 869-6261 or e-mail cotey@sptimes.com.

[Last modified January 11, 2007, 07:39:44]


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