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Gryphons shut down usually prolific Terrier

The county's best scorer finds the going tough in the face of Sickles' staunch defense.

By JUSTIN DARGAHI
Published January 13, 2007


TAMPA - Hillsborough entered its game with Sickles with the better record, but the Gryphons showed who the better team was.

Sickles (9-2-4) stifled the Terriers on offense and got two goals from sophomore Alyesa Toress for a 2-0 shutout win Friday night.

The Gryphons defense took Terriers senior forward Sara Belsole out of the game. She entered as the county's leading scorer with 21 goals but couldn't get anything going against Sickles' stingy defense.

She finished with just one shot on goal.

Both teams failed to score in a sluggish first half.

The Gryphons came out in the second half firing at goalkeeper Amber Davis and finally scored when Torres banged a loose ball off Davis in the 52nd minute.

"Unfortunately we are a second-half team," Gryphons coach George Arroyo said.

"The ball movement was much better in the second and we started dominating the ball."

Hillsborough (10-3) could get just one shot on Sickles keeper Melanie Raimo in the second half. She finished with four saves.

Torres put the game away on a penalty kick goal in the 68th minute.

Davis made 11 stops for the Terriers.

"We were a little sloppy," Arroyo said. "But it was a good game for us."