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Springstead boys notch third shutout of the week, top Central

BROOKSVILLE — With the rain falling sideways and the wind blowing hard, Springstead continued its roll Friday night at Central.

The Eagles, who had shut out two other opponents this week, blanked the Bears 2-0 in the inclement weather.

"The wind was horrible tonight," Springstead coach Sal Calabrese said. "This game should have been played in better weather between two good teams."

For much of the first half, the teams each controlled the ball with little offensive punch. The wind and rain limited play until after the intermission.

Springstead captain Gerry DeCristofaro put the Eagles (9-4) in position to score twice, and both times his teammates converted.

Throwing the ball in from the sideline, DeCristofaro found Mario Delpozzo for the shot. Delpozzo converted a header from 20 yards out for the first goal.

In the second half, DeCristofaro hit Justin Ladouceur on a similar toss and Springstead scored the go-ahead tally.

"Gerry works with medicine balls in practice to improve his throw-ins," Calabrese said. "He's such a natural from out there that we treat it like a corner (kick)."

The win gives Springstead the regular-season sweep over Central (7-3-2).

Earlier in the night, the Eagles girls also defeated Central, 4-0.

"We played sloppy," Springstead coach Polo Furlong said, "but a win is a win."

The Eagles (8-2) dominated from start to finish, but after a first half where Central keeper Sara Kaspars (12 saves) recorded nine saves while surrendering one goal, the floodgates opened.

Central (3-10) allowed three goals in the second half, including a goal and an assist from Springstead captain Cristina Passafaro.

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Springstead boys notch third shutout of the week, top Central 12/18/09 [Last modified: Friday, December 18, 2009 11:08pm]
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