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Ridgewood blitzes Dunedin on Winter Classic's first day

The Rams score eight first-half goals on their way to a 10-1 blasting of the Falcons at the round robin tournament.

By LINDA ROTHSTEIN

© St. Petersburg Times, published December 28, 2000


NEW PORT RICHEY -- Jason Meyer nearly had a double hat trick Wednesday, scoring five goals to help lead Ridgewood to a 10-1 victory over Dunedin in the first game of the Rams Winter Classic.

The Rams (5-7-2) dominated the Falcons (4-7) throughout, allowing just two shots on goal in the first half and five in the second.

Ridgewood, on the other hand, doled out 23 shots on goal.

"We didn't do a very good job with our warmup before the game," Dunedin coach Gerald Clemente said.

"We just came out cold. Our goalies gave up some goals, and the boys started letting down. We had some bad goalie errors." Dan Meyer, Jason's twin brother, scored twice for the Rams as did Shawn Bean.

Ben Jata came off of the bench late in the first half to score another.

"They've been frustrated because we've been hurt all season," Ridgewood interim coach Tony Koutsos said.

"So all I told them was to play our soccer and have fun. That was the big thing. I just said, "As long as we have fun, we'll win our game.' They came out and had fun."

After Ridgewood scored its eighth goal in the first half, Koutsos emptied the bench.

Dunedin's lone goal came on a breakaway by Bret Hansen at the end of the first half to make it 8-1. Ridgewood keeper Pat Lynch made five saves while Dunedin goalies James Booth and A.J. Littlepage combined for 11. In the second game, after regulation and two sudden-death overtime periods, Gulf (9-6) defeated Lake Region in penalty kicks.

"We were missing a few players on vacation, and I thought the guys stepped it up," Gulf coach Sam Koleduk said.

"I thought we should have had a few extra goals there. We dominated the second half. We just didn't put the ball in the goal."

Tied 2-2 at the end of regulation, the Buccaneers outscored the Thunder 3-1 in penalty kicks. "You can tell that we've obviously taken the Christmas season off," Lake Region coach Steve Houle said.

"We didn't come out here prepared."

Colin Thibodaux and Andrew Dyke scored for Lake Region while Jimmy Hughes and Alex Maric scored for Gulf.

Gulf keeper Kyle Myers made no saves during regulation but made two during penalty kicks. Lake Region keeper Scott Hastings made six saves during regulation and five in the overtime periods.

Today in the round robin tournament, Gulf faces Eustis at 4, Wesley Chapel -- who played Eustis late Thursday -- faces Dunedin at 6 and Ridgewood faces Lake Region at 8.

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