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Waldron directs Pirates to 5-2 victory

The Pasco midfielder scores a goal and adds four assists to beat Hudson.

By STEVE LEE, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published December 15, 2001

DADE CITY -- Adam Waldron stole a game for the host Pirates on Friday night.

The Pasco midfielder set up four goals and scored once, his first of the season, for a single-game career high of six points in a 5-2 win against Hudson.

The win avenged Pasco's 1-0 loss to the Cobras in the season opener for both teams.

"Waldron was a new man tonight," Pasco coach Keith Sumner said. "He was fired up.

"He's always been stable, one of my most dependable players. But he was pumped."

Waldron had a foot on every goal, setting up scores by Jamie Corona, Travis Hobbs and Chris Akins as the Pirates (4-6-1) built a 3-1 halftime lead.

On two nearly identical plays in the first half, Waldron broke down the left side virtually uncontested and made centering passes to Hobbs and Akins for goals.

Hudson forward Jeremy Enix netted his team-leading sixth goal to keep the Cobras (6-5-0) from being shut out in the first half.

David Connors dribbled through traffic out front and moved to his left before passing to Enix for a header that got past Pasco goalkeeper Jason Barnes.

In the 46th minute, Waldron headed in a pass from Inocencio Cano Jr. for a 4-1 lead.

Hudson narrowed the gap 3 minutes later when Ben McCart beat Barnes from in close and Pasco's Gabriel Montelongo -- off a cross from Waldron -- closed out the scoring in the final minute.

"We're improving, game by game, practice by practice," Sumner said.

Hudson coach Ron Ladimir couldn't say as much for his team.

"We have to actually be working and be ready, and my guys don't seem to be ready until they're a goal down," Ladimir said.

For the sixth consecutive game, the Cobras allowed a goal within the first 5 minutes.

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