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Three-goal burst proves enough as Crusaders blank Bucs


© St. Petersburg Times, published January 18, 2001

TAMPA -- It was bad enough that he couldn't play. As the season wore on, David Smith realized he was missing out on something even bigger.

Three games into his junior season, the Crusader dislocated his kneecap and tore his ACL, MCL and meniscus.

The knee hurt. But not as much as the view from the sidelines.

"I had to watch them go all the way to the finals of states," Smith said.

A year to the day after sustaining the injury, Smith scored a goal to help lift Tampa Catholic to a 3-0 victory over Berkeley Prep in a Class A, District 7 game Wednesday at Tampa Catholic.

Smith's younger brother, Casey, and Jeremy Castellucci added goals, and John Jacobs recorded the shutout for the Crusaders.

Tampa Catholic (7-6) defeated Berkeley Prep for the second time this season despite having two goals disallowed. The Bucs also had a goal disallowed.

"Having two waived off kind of makes you hesitant with your chances," Tampa Catholic coach Chris Meyer said. "But we knew we would get opportunities with the kids we have up front."

Tampa Catholic scored three goals in a five-minute span in the second half.

Playing in just his third game since returning from an ankle sprain, Castellucci took a pass from Vijay Arasu, fought off a defender and flipped a shot over goalkeeper Ben Rosenzweig in the 16th minute.

"I was kind of lucky just flipping it over the way I did," Castellucci said. "I kind of mistouched it."

Two minutes later, Casey Smith stole the ball from a Berkeley Prep defender and scored.

David Smith's ninth goal of the season capped the run.

Berkeley Prep coach Dave Zimmerman said he was disappointed with his team's effort, particularly after the Bucs (5-11-2) played well during a recent 2-0 loss to Miami Gulliver Prep, the state's top-ranked team.

"For a district game, I thought we could have done much better than we did," Zimmerman said.

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