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By KEITH NIEBUHR
© St. Petersburg Times, published November 23, 2000
INVERNESS -- Crystal River boys soccer coach Dave Soluri insists the Pirates are not a cold-weather team. Try telling that to Citrus.
Playing in 38-degree temperatures, Crystal River erupted for five goals in the opening half and cruised to a 5-3 win over the Hurricanes. Earlier in the night, the Citrus girls beat Crystal River 10-0.
"That was our worst game of the year," Soluri said.
"That's what I told the team after the game. I thought it should have been a lot better."
Soluri was somewhat upset because Crystal River (3-0-1) struggled in the second half after building a four-goal lead. But even he could not deny the Pirates, who have scored 26 goals in four games, were on fire in the first 40 minutes.
Andrew Austin opened the scoring for the Pirates less than five minutes into the game and added a second goal at the 24-minute mark for a 2-1 lead. Both goals were assisted by Peter Manzoli.
The Pirates then added three goals in next five minutes, the final one coming from the leg of Kyle Nayfield with 18:48 left in the opening half.
"The first half went well," Soluri said.
The score remained 5-1 until late in the second half, when Alex Posta of Citrus (1-3) struck for a pair of unassisted goals.
"We had a 15-minute lapse (in the first half), and they took advantage of it," Citrus coach Andy Thompson said.
"I was happy with the way we played in the second half. We played like we wanted to win."
The girls game was never close.
Citrus, which went 21-1-2 last season and is considered the class of the county, scored five first-half goals and five more in the second half to post an easy win. The Hurricanes (2-0-1) allowed just four shots on goal.
In an attempt to slow the Citrus offense, Crystal River (0-1-1) went conservative and kept most of its players on defense at all times.
Even that did not work.
Sonya Segars scored three goals for Citrus, two in the second half, and Amy Bowen added two first-half goals. Courtenay Gelin, Jessica MacDonald, Amber Presnick, Shivella Rogers and Amanda Yoder also scored for Citrus.
Tabitha Schrufer and Danialle Coates had two assists.
"The second half was a little better than the first," Citrus coach Brady Bogart said. "In the first half, we played kick ball. In the second half, we took better shots, moved around better and were more aggressive at the net."