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The recent three-week leveled against Berkeley Prep boys soccer scoring leader T.J. Roehn has been reduced by a week, clearing him for Thursday's Class 3A region quarterfinal against Frostproof.
Roehn, four goals shy of the school's alltime goals record, was suspended three weeks following a first-half incident in a Jan. 20 game against Lakeland Jenkins in which he was accused of punching an opponent (which he denies) and using profanity (which he acknowledges).
His initial appeal was denied by the Florida High School Athletic Association, but Roehn said today that communication between the FHSAA and Hugh Jedson, Berkeley's upper division director, led to the reduction.
"I don't know what (Jedson) said or anything like that," Roehn said, "but he helped me out a lot."
Without Roehn, Berkeley cruised to the Class 3A, District 10 tournament crown last week. Roehn enters the Frostproof game with 101 career goals, four shy of Tyler Davis' school record.
"I was real happy," said Roehn, who led the Buccaneers to last season's 3A state final.
"Not only does it give me a chance to break the record, but it gives us a chance to go deep into the playoffs. ... We've seen how we can play and the teams we have to play, so there's a very good shot we could make it back (to the state tournament)."