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Three USF soccer players work out for Leavitt



Jim Leavitt's continuing search for viable kickers continued Friday as three backup goalkeepers from USF's defending Big East champion soccer program worked out at football practice.

USF soccer coach George Kiefer said that at Leavitt's request, he sent over three reserve keepers -- sophomore Brad Sienkiewicz of Tampa Prep and freshmen Alex Spock from Land O'Lakes and Renato Proia of Cape Coral Mariner.

Leavitt has senior Delbert Alvarado lined up for punts as well as field goals and extra points, but is looking for another strong leg to compete for kickoff duties. He's also looking at walk-on kicker Eric Schwartz, as well as the other kicking specialists on USF's roster.

"I don't know much about kicking field goals -- he wanted a guy who can kick it into the end zone, and not looking for anything more than that," Kiefer said. "To me, that seems pretty simple to do, but I don't know. He's trying to relieve somebody from having to do all four jobs."

Kiefer said Spock and Proia kicked on their respective high school teams, and joked the Sienkiewicz was "the dark horse" because he has no football experience.

"I've got news though," Kiefer said. "I heard it didn't go so well."

Leavitt said Friday morning that he's keeping a spot on his 105-player roster for another kicker if the right one comes along. The search apparently continues ...

We'll have much more from USF's soccer media day later this weekend -- USF's men have a home exhibition Monday night against the University of Tampa, while the women have a home exhibition Sunday at 6 against Jacksonville.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 6:57pm]


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