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District boys soccer: Just call Jesuit title town this school year

TAMPA — With a handful of players standing 6 feet 1 and taller, Jesuit owned a decided height advantage in its Class 3A, District 9 tournament final against Bradenton Southeast.

The Hurricanes, as it turned out, had no answers for the Tigers' aerial prowess.

Jesuit scored three times — twice in the air and all three off dead-ball plays — in a convincing 3-0 victory that earned the Tigers their ninth straight district title.

"We preach tradition consistently," Jesuit coach Eric Sims said. "The talk tonight was 'Don't be the first team this year at our school not to win a district title' because all the other sports have won a title. It was important for us to keep that streak going as well."

Jesuit (13-4-3) controlled the majority of the possession and kept the ball in Southeast's end of the field throughout. In the 32nd minute, the Tigers' relentless pressure was rewarded when Daryian Flores' corner kick was sent high into the middle of the box, and 6-foot-3 defender Michael Conlon easily skied above the fray to head it past Hurricanes goalie Parth Patel (one save).

"Usually I go front post to the near post, but me and Kevin (Carvalho), my other center back, switched it up," Conlon said. "They got confused, and I just got up and hit it. I was free on that one."

Less than two minutes later, Jesuit took a two-goal lead. Jacob Vila headed a ball toward goal off a 25-yard free kick that was saved off the line by a Hurricanes defender, but Flores alertly slotted the rebound into the open goal.

"That's what we strive for, dead balls," Conlon said. "It's our best type of attacking."

After halftime, Jesuit continued to exert its will on Southeast (11-8-2), and the Tigers secured the district championship in the 66th minute, a long throw-in from Flores deep in Hurricanes territory was headed past Patel by Connar Lufkin.

Class 2A-9

Berkeley Prep 1, CCC 0: In the end, the Ice Man had the answer. Senior midfielder Quinton Kauchick earned his nickname in elementary school, and that cool came through as underdog Berkeley Prep edged Clearwater Central Catholic.

With two minutes left in the first half, Kauchick outpositioned standout freshman defender Matt Dunn in the box and took a hard shot to the back going for a header. His reward for the pain was a foul and a penalty kick.

"We were both neck-and-neck," said Kauchick, the Bucs' leading scorer. "It was just whoever wanted it more."

And Kauchick knew what would happen from there, calmly beating Marauders goalkeeper Dominic Grchan to the top right corner of the net.

"I just knew I was going to score. I just put the ball down and I knew that was it."

Chuck Frye, Times correspondent

District boys soccer: Just call Jesuit title town this school year 01/25/14 [Last modified: Saturday, January 25, 2014 12:04am]
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