Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

5A boys soccer: Sickles shuts out Charlotte

TAMPA — Soccer is a game played with your feet, but Ben Wiley's arms are Sickles' best weapon. His throw-ins are deadly. Laser like. Demoralizing.

"It's great," said Sickles coach Tony Calvo, whose Gryphons coasted to an impressive 3-0 win over Charlotte in a Class 5A quarterfinal, two of the goals coming thanks to Wiley's wiles.

Despite a slow start and some troubles clearing balls out of the box, Sickles (22-1-3) thoroughly dominated the middle of the field in winning its first playoff game. Charlotte (7-11-2) had one good chance to put the Gryphons in a hole after a misplay in the back, but hit the post instead of an empty net in the 15th minute.

From that point, it was all Sickles, which outshot Charlotte 8-1. Wiley's low lineshot throw-in to the backpost found Eric Krukar's foot for a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute, and in the second half another Wiley throw-in was redirected toward the net before defender Christopher Joyce had no choice but to intentionally use his hand to stop it.

He was ejected via the rare blue card, and Carlos Rodriguez converted the penalty kick for the Gryphons.

"I should have had two assists," Wiley said, laughing. "Usually the other team doesn't expect that (kind of) a throw-in, and it catches them off guard. Their keeper was coming out for them, so on that first goal I was just trying to go to the backpost where he couldn't get it."

Two minutes after Rodriguez's penalty kick, Matt Brown outraced a defender and the onrushing keeper to a long ball from Krukar to cap off scoring.

Sickles3
Charlotte0

5A boys soccer: Sickles shuts out Charlotte 02/04/10 [Last modified: Thursday, February 4, 2010 10:58pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Harmeling first woman to receive lifetime honor at Sneaker Soiree in Tampa

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — For the last quarter-century, she has combined passion and meticulousness to keep the Gasparilla Distance Classic humming and evolving. Indefatigable and detailed, Susan Harmeling braces for every race-weekend contingency.

    Susan Harmeling gives a speech after accepting an award  during the annual Sneaker Soiree, at TPepin's Hospitality Centre, Thursday, June 22, 2017.
  2. Rowdies shut out at Pittsburgh

    Soccer

    PITTSBURGH — The Rowdies lost their first USL game in nearly a month, 1-0 to Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

  3. LSU's Paul Mainieri defends FSU's Mike Martin; Gators play Friday

    College

    OMAHA, Neb. — LSU coach Paul Mainieri says whether Florida State's Mike Martin ever wins a national championship should have no bearing on how his long career in college baseball is judged.

    MADE IT: Josh Watson beats the tag of Louisville catcher Colby Fitch during TCU’s 4-3 win in the College World Series.
  4. Lightning fans, don't get attached to your first-round draft picks

    Lightning Strikes

    CHICAGO — When Lightning GM Steve Yzerman announces his first-round pick tonight in the amateur draft at No. 14, he'll invite the prospect onto the stage for the once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity.

    Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Jonathan Drouin (27) eludes  Montreal Canadiens left wing Phillip Danault (24) during the second period of Wednesday???‚??„?s (12/28/16) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Montreal Canadiens at the Amalie Arena in Tampa.