WESLEY CHAPEL — The teams coached by former roommates Sam Koleduk and Brian Dorkowski squared off on a frigid Wednesday night at Wildcat Stadium.
Dorkowski's Wesley Chapel Wildcats won 2-1, avenging last year's 3-1 loss to Koleduk's Sunlake Seahawks.
"We go way back," said Koleduk, alluding to their years as roommates in a New Port Richey apartment. "I got him last year, and now he got me."
During the weeks leading up to their annual skirmish, Dorkowski said, "We're talking about it; talking trash."
He's got a little bit more to talk about since Wesley Chapel's victory ended Sunlake's nine-game unbeaten streak that included one tie.
Max Caseres helped give his coach bragging rights this season by crashing the net and coming away with a goal and an assist. Wesley Chapel (15-2) broke open a scoreless game on Caseres' 10th goal in the 44th minute. His assist later in the second half set up the winning goal by Bryan Huynh.
Nester Ponce set up Caseres' goal with a corner kick from the right side. Caseres settled the ball in the penalty box and scored on a turnaround shot that trickled in off Sunlake goalkeeper David Danahy at the near post.
Wesley Chapel's lead was short-lived as Sunlake (15-5-1) tied the game just three minutes later. Connor Gilboy converted a pass from Jordan Landry and beat keeper Alex McGough with a rising shot into the upper-right corner of the net.
Huynh netted the winner after a goal-mouth scramble in the 60th minute. Once again, Ponce set up the play with a corner kick from the right side. Caseres took a shot that deflected off the chest of Huynh, who bounced a kick past Danahy.
"It was pretty much a dead-even game," Koleduk said. "They capitalized, and we didn't."
"I thought it was an even game," Dorkowski added.
Mitchell falls 2-0
PALM HARBOR — Mitchell (10-9-1) failed to get a shot on goal in the first half during a 2-0 semifinal loss to Palm Harbor University at the Hurricane Watch tournament Wednesday.
Times correspondent Chris Girandola contributed to this report.