Boys soccer: Twins come up big for Berkeley

By MIKE CAMUNAS, Times Correspondent
Published January 26, 2008

CLEARWATER - They're just too similar.

That's the only reason the Crockett twins - junior forwards Jordan and Julian, who helped Berkeley Prep beat Tampa Catholic 6-1 in the Class 3A, District 9 final Friday night with three goals between them - are never on the field at the same time.

"They're the same player," Buccaneers coach Tim Cooper admits. "You put them together and you're getting the same thing. They've both got speed, so you need someone out there to complement that."

Julian, the Bucs' go-to guy, scored two goals. And the brothers scored all three of their goals in the second half. During the scoring, each Crockett outran the Crusaders defense, enabling toe-poke goals past keeper Ben Cardozo.

Berkeley Prep (10-7-6, 5-0-1) took a 3-0 lead into the half as T.J. Rohen scored twice, once in the 11th minute on a rebound and later in the 27th minute on a left-footed shot.

Tampa Catholic (11-8-1, 3-2-1) tallied its lone goal in the second when Daniel Caruso scored off an Esteban Estrella throw-in.

The Bucs, who outscored opponents 11-1 in two games, used maturity - as well as being a physically stronger team - to plow their way to a district title.

"We've had the talent, but it's just been a matter of maturing," Cooper said. "We started out saying, 'All right, this is the year to win the district,' and we worked hard for it."

Berkeley Prep 6 Tampa Catholic 1