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2A region soccer: Bradenton St. Stephen's 7, Bishop McLaughlin 0

BRADENTON — Nearly every goal scored by Bradenton St. Stephen's on Thursday involved Brett Messieh.

Yet when someone asked if the two-goal, three-assist performance was one of the best of his career, the junior shrugged.

"It was all right," he said.

Messieh helped the Falcons to a 7-0 win over Bishop McLaughlin in a Class 2A region quarterfinal.

After a sluggish start, St. Stephen's (17-3-2) scored four goals in 16 minutes to advance to Tuesday's region semifinal.

The Hurricanes (18-6) applied pressure early, taking four shots in the first 15 minutes. They were turned away, however, by goalkeeper Connor McCullen's four first-half saves.

Messieh's kick from 30 yards out roughly 10 minutes before halftime bounced off a Hurricanes defender and right to Chris Scott, standing 10 yards from the goal. Scott buried the shot, and four minutes later, Messieh scored himself off a free kick.

"I just saw a shot," Messieh said, "and hit it."

He scored again just after halftime, and Sam Lynch added two more within three minutes of each other, the first one coming off a feed from Messieh.

Messieh and Scott hooked up again during the 73rd minute, with Scott knocking in Messieh's cross from the left corner.

2A region soccer: Bradenton St. Stephen's 7, Bishop McLaughlin 0 02/03/11 [Last modified: Thursday, February 3, 2011 10:25pm]

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