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Ridgewood soccer duo to play in college

Forward Gus Kalathakis signs with Saint Leo, and "utility man'' Shawn Bean expects to walk on at Western Florida.

By STEVE LEE

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 29, 2001


NEW PORT RICHEY -- Ridgewood forward Gus Kalathakis is staying close to home to continue his soccer career.

Rams teammate Shawn Bean also will remain in Florida.

Kalathakis, a two-time All-Sunshine Athletic Conference performer who led Ridgewood in scoring as a sophomore, signed a partial athletic scholarship Monday with Saint Leo.

Bean, a converted defender who was a midfielder as a senior and made the all-conference squad, plans to walk-on at the University of Western Florida in Pensacola and hopes to secure a scholarship in 2002.

"Both kids are leaders," Ridgewood coach Ed McComiskey said. "They've always stepped up when they needed to. They were good examples for the others."

Kalathakis will be the fourth former Rams player on the Saint Leo club, joining Jeremy Bagwell, Scott Bounds and Alan Henry.

Kalathakis is the Lions' fourth signee for next season. The others are Lake Gibson's Neil Laxdal and Bobby McLennan and John Semeraro of Kentucky. Saint Leo finished 8-9-1 this past year.

A swift forward who overcame a broken ankle that cost him most of his junior season, Kalathakis had seven goals and 12 assists last season. He scored a team-high 12 as a sophomore.

"(Kalathakis) is quick and can put people under pressure in the final third," Saint Leo coach Fran Reidy said.

Bean, who had seven goals and five assists as a senior, has played every position for Ridgewood, including goalkeeper and forward. "He's definitely a utility man," McComiskey said.

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