Countryside boys soccer coach David Sica had his six-week suspension reduced to three weeks by the FHSAA and will be on the Cougars' sideline when they travel to Sarasota on Friday for a district match with the Sailors.
Sica was initially handed a six-week suspension by the FHSAA following his red-card ejection from the Cougars' 1-0 loss to East Lake on December 17. Sica appealed the suspension and was informed today that he will only have to serve three weeks of the suspension, although he still has to pay a $250 fine.
Countryside starting junior midfielder Nikolai Hammer, who was also suspended for six weeks following a red-card ejection from the same East Lake contest, will have to serve his full suspension according to Sica. Hammer will be eligible to rejoin the team should the Cougars advance to the district final.