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Boys soccer: Berkeley Prep falls short

Melbourne Central Catholic takes just two shots, scoring on both, to slip past the Bucs.

By MARTIN BATER
Published February 9, 2008


TAMPA - Berkeley Prep had 12 shots on goal and controlled the ball most of the game. But Melbourne Central Catholic used a strong defense and needed just two shots on goal to beat the Buccaneers 2-1 in the Class 3A region final.

In the eighth minute, Hustlers senior forward Brandon Price sprinted from midfield past two Bucs defenders and scored easily to put his team ahead early.

Berkeley Prep dominated against a Melbourne zone defense that was easily picked apart by sophomore forward T.J Roehn, who tied it in the 11th minute.

Hustlers goalkeeper Kyle Nichols kept the game tied when he dashed from one side of the net to the other to save a shot by Roehn from 20 yards out.

In the second half, the Hustlers switched to a man-to-man defense to neutralize Roehn. The Bucs still had the ball, but they weren't nearly as threatening as they were in the first half.

In the 61st minute, Melbourne senior defender Austin Tanner "found (himself) in the right place at the right time," he said, and scored the winning goal.

Berkeley couldn't find the net in the final 19 minutes as its eight-game unbeaten streak came to an end.

"The defense was outstanding," Hustlers coach Ramiero Rodriguez said. "Berkeley couldn't get a shot off in the last five minutes. We were opportunistic, and we scored when we had the ball."