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)

PCAC final: Fresh faces help East Lake earn title

PINELLAS PARK — Cameron Coughlin and Riley Lester picked a good time to score their first goals of the season.

The East Lake duo joined three other teammates who scored Friday night to lift the Eagles to a 5-1 victory over Pinellas Park in the Pinellas County Athletic Conference boys championship game.

"This is what I've always wanted since I've been in high school," said Riley, who made the team for the first time as a senior. "I know the playoffs are coming and I won't get to play much, so this was a good time to score."

Lester said this was only his second goal in the three years.

"This is definitely better than scoring in just any other game," he said. "It feels great."

Pinellas Park (8-2-2) started the game outshooting East Lake 4-2, but during that span Nicholas Patterson scored on a long pass from Javon Bastic and the Eagles led early 1-0.

The Patriots had only two shots on goal the rest of the half and only two shots in the second half.

"Pinellas Park came to play," said East Lake coach Sergei Stopek. "They had speed. They were organized. In the beginning it was tight all the way until about 30 minutes left in game. Then it opened up for us."

The Eagles' Chas Putzel scored on a corner kick for a 2-0 lead and Tyler Allen put the Patriots on the scoreboard 13 minutes into the second half to pull to within 2-1.

It proved to be the last shot Pinellas Park would take.

On consecutive shots within 10 minutes, Brent Merrick, Lester and Coughlin scored for the Eagles (15-1-2) to put the game away.

"It was so exciting to see Cameron score," Stopek said. "He works so hard day in and day out. The whole team appreciated Riley's goals. He's always wanted to be a part of this."

Stopek said this was East Lake's first PCAC title in 11 years.

East Lake5
Pinellas Park1

PCAC final: Fresh faces help East Lake earn title 01/22/10 [Last modified: Saturday, January 23, 2010 12:05am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. College World Series: Gators, LSU face off in all-SEC finals

    College

    OMAHA, Neb. — The matchup for the College World Series finals bolsters the case for those who say the best baseball in the land is played in the SEC.

    Florida’s Brady Singer, delivering during a CWS win over Louisville last week, is scheduled to start tonight against LSU.
  2. Jones: Fox Sports Sun shows depth in Rays coverage

    TV and Radio

    tom jones' two cents

    Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst from a weekend of televised sports.

    Best coverage

    Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) makes a run home for a score in the in the final game of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays and AL East rival the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, June 25, 2017.
  3. Brian Boyle says returning to Lightning a 'huge option'

    Blogs

    As former Lightning forward Brian Boyle approaches free agency this week, he said he's trying to stay busy.

    Former Tampa Bay Lightning player center Brian Boyle (24), on the ice during first period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa on March 16, 2017.
  4. Rays journal: Blake Snell to rejoin rotation, Erasmo Ramirez heads to bullpen

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — LHP Blake Snell is rejoining the Rays' rotation, but the move has as much to do with helping the bullpen as it does with Snell's improvement during his time at Triple-A Durham.

    Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Erasmo Ramirez (30) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday, June 21, 2017 in St. Petersburg.
  5. Rays' bullpen stars lit up in loss to Orioles

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Saturday it was the soft underbelly of the bullpen that let one get away from the Rays, incurring the wrath of the team's faithful followers, who wondered why the high-leverage guys weren't pitching.

    Rays closer Alex Colome, coming in with the score tied in the ninth, allows three runs in his second straight poor outing.