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One goal enough for Tornadoes


© St. Petersburg Times, published January 5, 2001

CLEARWATER -- On a night when warmth was hard to find, Clearwater found it in the midfield.

The Tornadoes bunched around midfield, keeping their size and power in control of the ball for most of the game to beat District 11 rival Pinellas Park 1-0.

"When you get hit, it hurts more," Clearwater coach Bruce Toscani said of the cold weather. "But other than that, we should be able to run all day."

One play 28 minutes into the game was all the running Clearwater (13-3-1) players needed. John Schultz volleyed a Steve Goodrow throw-in that got loose into the game's lone goal. From there, it was a back-and-forth battle at midfield.

"We play more finesse," Pinellas Park coach Larry Ferrol said. "They got some big guys out there, and after the last game (a 5-2 Clearwater win), we wanted to put more size in the mid and have a little more control." The Patriots (3-2-3) had 11 shots but could not score on Brian Rowe. "They played a game last night (a 3-0 win over Largo), and we haven't in about two weeks," Toscani said. "It's all about enthusiasm for us, and tonight we needed to play harder." Pinellas Park goalie Mike Izzo made five saves off of 12 Clearwater shots.

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