St. Petersburg Times Online: Sports
Place an Ad Calendars Classified Forums Sports Weather

printer version

Eagles need OT to reach King final


© St. Petersburg Times, published January 5, 2001

TAMPA -- He had difficulty getting out of bed Thursday morning.

Yet John Sobczak somehow found the strength to carry Brandon into the boys final of the King Tournament.

Playing with a painful back injury, Sobczak had two goals -- including the winner -- and an assist as Brandon came from behind to beat King 4-3 in double-overtime at Bill Stewart Stadium.

"Until 30 minutes before the game, I didn't think he'd be able to play," Brandon coach Allen Ware said.

Brandon trailed 3-2 with less than a minute left in regulation when Rhett Soltas played a ball to Sobczak. Sobczak headed it to Josh Wand, who headed the ball past King goalkeeper Joseph Brown.

After a scoreless five-minute overtime period, Sobczak -- who played just 30 minutes in Wednesday's opening-round win over Durant -- headed in the winner off of a Jason Poole throw-in.

Brandon (9-3-2) will play Sickles (2-4-3) in today's title game. Sickles, winless entering the tournament, defeated Leto 3-1 in the other boys semifinal behind Carlos Pinnace's two goals.

"We've never played Sickles," Ware said. "This will be the first time ever."

The girls finalists are no strangers.

Bloomingdale (9-1-3) and Durant (9-1-4) will meet for the third time this season. The teams tied in their first two meetings.

Megan Snaider scored the only goal as Bloomingdale edged King 1-0 in one semifinal. Freshman Raelynn Wapinsky netted the winner with 25 minutes to play as Durant defeated Gaither 2-1 in the other.

"There are not going to be a lot of quality scoring chances," Durant coach Dick Sheffield said. "So when they get them, the team that buries them is the team that's going to win."

Back to Sports
Back to Top

© 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111
Contact the Times | Privacy Policy
Standard of Accuracy | Terms, Conditions & Copyright

From the Times sports desk

College football
  • No big plays, one big nightmare
  • Sooners unbeaten, undisputed No. 1
  • 'Noles must fill holes -- most notably at QB
  • Two ACC stars won't be back

  • NFL
  • No regrets
  • Raiders latest Gruden glory
  • Around the AFC
  • Around the NFC

  • Lightning/NHL
  • Slow start to 2001; slow start in Ottawa
  • Martins to Islanders for conditional pick

  • Devil Rays
  • Bosman, DeMerritt help fill out Rays staff

  • Basketball
  • Knicks halt McGrady, Magic in OT
  • ThunderDawgs lose 2nd at home

  • College basketball
  • UF's Wright out
  • Gators win on the road
  • Duke rips FSU in ACC opener

  • Et cetera
  • Frequent updates a key for game sites
  • Tiger's ratings great as other sports see decline
  • Sports briefs

  • Preps
  • One goal enough for Tornadoes
  • Eagles need OT to reach King final
  • Outsiders can create problems
  • Late goal dooms Gaither
  • 4-goal rally lifts Tigers past Bulls
  • Area players named all-state
  • Gators upend 4A's No. 1 team

  • From the wire

    From the state sports wire
  • Jacksonville's Spicer placed on IR after leg surgery
  • FIU-Western Kentucky game postponed because of Jeanne
  • Brown anxious to face old team for first time
  • Dolphins' desperate defense readies for Roethlisberger
  • Former Sarasota lineman sheds tough-guy image with Michigan
  • Rothstein rejoins Heat as assistant
  • No. 16 Florida has history on its side against Kentucky
  • FSU and Clemson QBs both off to slow starts