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3A region soccer: Fort Myers Bishop Verot 1, Berkeley Prep 0 (2 OT)

FORT MYERS — For nearly 100 minutes of the Class 3A region final Friday, Berkeley Prep controlled the pace of play.

But it took just one lapse with about 30 seconds remaining in double overtime to see the Buccaneers experience a heartbreaking end to their season.

Bishop Verot's James Gibson scored on a diving header on an assist from Andrew Palumbo to bolster the Vikings to a 1-0 victory at Viking Stadium.

Gibson and Palumbo are Verot's lone returning starters from the 2009-10 squad that beat the Bucs 2-1 in the region final and won the state final.

"I thought we dominated the possession," Bucs coach Timothy Cooper said. "We had some shots in the first half that we should have buried but we didn't. We created enough opportunities that we should have got one."

Berkeley Prep's best chance to score in either overtime came when sophomore Tyler Sacone had a through ball kicked to him inside the Verot box in the first OT. Sacone just missed controlling the ball completely, however, and didn't get his best effort onto a kick that was saved by freshman keeper Brandon Doyle.

The Bucs (18-3-3) dominated the first half and much of the second but Doyle stood tall in net for the Vikings (22-3).

"I thought our goalie did great," Verot coach Tom McGlinn said. "Every year they are a fantastic team. This was a great game."

3A region soccer: Fort Myers Bishop Verot 1, Berkeley Prep 0 (2 OT) 02/11/11 [Last modified: Friday, February 11, 2011 11:45pm]
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