TAMPA — The Gaither boys soccer team showed up Saturday afternoon at the Ed Radice Sports Complex thinking it would play another local team in Tampa Prep at the High School Classic tournament.
But instead, event officials, because of travel issues for Orlando Bishop Moore, gave Tampa Prep the day off and put the Cowboys up against the Orlando team.
Gaither then struggled to find its offensive rhythm against Orlando Bishop Moore, losing 1-0.
The Cowboys gave up a first-half strike and were never able to maintain a sustained attack from that point on.
Gaither's best chances came during a five-minute stretch early in the second half.
The first came after a strong midfield buildup when Jordan See played a ball to Christian Rincon on the flank. Rincon took a few dribbles and threaded a pass to Charlie Delmar in the box. But Bishop Moore's keeper got his hands on the ball and Delmar's shot caromed over the goal.
Zachary Wheeler nearly got the equalizer just minutes later, but his left-footed strike sailed just wide of the post.
Jesuit fell 4-2 to New Orleans Jesuit in a late game Saturday night.
The 24-team, eight-pool tournament resumes with pool play Monday when Gaither plays Tampa Prep at 9 a.m., Berkeley Prep meets Melbourne at 11 a.m., Tampa Prep faces Bishop Moore at 2 p.m., Jacksonville Bolles plays Sickles at 3 p.m., Seminole meets Berkeley Prep at 4 p.m. and Niceville faces Sickles at 8 p.m.
There will be a doubleheader Tuesday, including the semifinals, with the final to follow on Wednesday.