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)

Pinellas: Countryside defeats St. Petersburg 3-0 for PCAC boys soccer title

CLEARWATER — Countryside possesses skill that is so tantalizing to Dave Sica that it often wears on the Cougars' 11th-year coach.

Despite Countryside's 3-0 win over St. Petersburg in the Pinellas County Athletic Conference championship on Saturday, Sica sees substantial room for improvement in the team ranked 33rd in the most recent ESPN Rise Fab 50 national poll.

"We have to be even better at sharing the ball," Sica said. "When we decide to move the ball quicker, and pass and move, we have the capability of being a pretty good team. We did it at times tonight, and then there were other moments when we became very selfish and tried to be too creative."

Countryside took the lead in the first 15 minutes. Zack Shriver threaded the ball from the middle to Nikolai Hammer, who easily carried it into the penalty box and flicked the ball with the outside of his right foot past Robby Liebel.

The Cougars (19-1-1) were less impressive for the rest of the half.

"We have a great team all around, but we still have plenty of work to do to get better," said Hunter Maricle, who had four saves in recording his seventh shutout of the season.

The Cougars, who outshot the Green Devils 12-7, went up 2-0 in the first three minutes of the second half. Shriver received a pass near the top of the penalty box and one-timed a pass to the left to Hammer, who let the ball go through his legs to Jagger Martinez. Martinez lifted the ball over Liebel's head into the corner.

Less than a minute later, after Maricle cleared the ball quickly to midfield, Hammer raced up the middle and found Derya Ekren in the middle of the penalty box where he slid the ball in.

Pinellas: Countryside defeats St. Petersburg 3-0 for PCAC boys soccer title 01/22/11 [Last modified: Saturday, January 22, 2011 10:54pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. For starters: Ramus to DL, Peterson back, no further moves

    Blogs

    We were expecting a flurry of roster moves this afternoon and we got one. OF Colby Ramus is on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to June 19 with left hip tendinitis.

    Colby Ramus is on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to June 19 with left hip tendinitis.
  2. Jameis Winston stats: How the Bucs QB performed under pressure

    Bucs

    Every quarterback's performance declines when he faces pressure from the defense.

    Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston faced pressure on more than 30 percent of his pass plays last season. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  3. Could Lightning deal for a defenseman today?

    Blogs

    Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman has been trying to further bolster his blueline, and he may have a chance to acquire one by tonight's first round of the NHL Draft.

    The Lightning is reportedly in on Travis Hamonic (Islanders), though New York is rumored to be asking for two-first round picks.
  4. SI ranks Quinton Flowers on top 100, above Deondre Francois

    Blogs

    Sports Illustrated's ongoing countdown of the top 100 players in college football includes some high praise for USF quarterback Quinton Flowers.

  5. Kentucky recruit, former Tampa Catholic star Kevin Knox among top prospects for 2018 NBA Draft

    Preps

    Less than 24 hours after the NBA Draft, analysts have already begun looking ahead to 2018.

    Tampa Catholic star Kevin Knox finishes a layup during the McDonald's All-American game in March at the United Center in Chicago. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]