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Wiregrass Ranch's Steven Esoff finishes strong soccer career

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Fri. February 5, 2010 | Izzy Gould | Email

Steven Esoff was a defender, but Wiregrass Ranch had trouble scoring goals.

That led Bulls coach David Wilson to ask him to move up front.

Esoff flourished, scoring 33 goals and notching 17 assists for 83 points - leading Wiregrass in all three categories and guiding the Bulls to their best finish in school history at 18-5-2.

Esoff became a large target in his final two games, held to just five shots and no goals in losses to Land O'Lakes and Mitchell. Credit those defenses with limiting a player, who accounted for 42 percent of the Bulls' goals in the 2009-10 season.

Esoff had 10 multigoal games including two with four goals.

"He just has a big heart," Wilson said. "He's a 135 pounds and he'll go up against anybody. We wouldn't have 18 wins if it wasn't for him."

Esoff has tryouts with a few Division II colleges next week, Wilson said.

"I definitely think he can play at the next level," Wilson said. "...I'm really happy for him to finish his career like he did."

igould@tampabay.com

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