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4A region soccer: Zephyrhills overwhelmed in loss

Class 4A

Bulldogs' lineup lacks starters, punch in loss

The ceaseless, steady rain Thursday night in Eustis had nothing on the first-half offensive deluge the Panthers inflicted on Zephyrhills in an abbreviated 8-0 Class 4A playoff shutout.

Against a woefully depleted Bulldogs lineup, Eustis (19-4-1) scored all eight of its goals in the first 35 minutes to end the match at halftime via the state's mercy rule. Zephyrhills (16-8-1) was missing five starters, including sweeper Carly Patton (competing in judo in Belgium) and senior Tori Relyea (leg injury).

"That's the most phenomenal team I've seen," Bulldogs coach Michael Mira said. "We were missing some key players, but on our best day we couldn't have stopped that 8-0 score."

Joey Knight, Times staff writer

4A region soccer: Zephyrhills overwhelmed in loss 01/29/09 [Last modified: Thursday, January 29, 2009 11:04pm]
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