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Chiefs outlast Bulls in 4A-III

After 80 minutes of regulation play and 30 minutes of overtime Tuesday night, host Chamberlain avenged the only blemishes on its record by beating Bloomingdale 3-2 for the Class 4A, Region III boys soccer title.

In the shootout, Chiefs junior Scott Turbe launched the winning shot into the top right corner of the net, beating Bloomingdale goalkeeper Heath Hardin.

"I just went to the same place I always go," Turbe said. "I didn't hit the ball the way I wanted to. The goalie just guessed wrong and it found the back of the net."

Chamberlain (17-1-1) had lost to and tied the Bulls (18-1-2), who entered Tuesday with a state-best 18 consecutive victories and the No.

4 ranking in Class 4A. The Chiefs have won 14 in a row and are ranked No.

8 in 4A. They visit top-ranked Countryside Friday, bidding for the Section II championship and a berth in state final-four play next week at the University of Tampa. Countryside (21-0-1) defeated New Port Richey-Ridgewood 7-1 in the Region IV game Tuesday.

Chamberlain led Bloomingdale 1-0 on a first-half goal by Scott Pearson and increased the margin to 2-0 with 14 minutes remaining in the second half, when county scoring leader Juan Panesso connected on a breakaway for his 32nd goal of the season.

Mike Sherman scored for Bloomingdale with 12:25 left, and Rob Heald tied it with just over six minutes remaining, rebounding a Sherman shot that hit the left post. Sherman missed high on a sudden breakaway attempt in the final minute of regulation.

Sherman's attempt during the shootout also banged off the left post, and Chamberlain keeper Dan Lancz smothered a shot by Bloomingdale's Oscar Barnes during the shootout to save face for the Chiefs.

"We came out a little flat, but in the second half we picked it up," Bloomingdale coach Dave Tennian said. "By coming back, I think we showed what kind of team we are. We practiced penalty kicks all week. Sometimes it just doesn't go your way."

Tigers capture fifth

regional title in six years

Jesuit earned its fifth regional title in six years by beating visiting New Port Richey-Ridgewood 4-1 in the 3A-Region V game.

Four Tigers _ Dirrito Calderon, Chris Cole, Jay Rooth and Brian Zellner _ scored in the final 25 minutes as Jesuit made up for a scoreless first half.

"It took us (nearly) 60 minutes to get our speed into play," Jesuit coach Bob Bauman said, "but I think the last 25 minutes was some of the best soccer we've played."

Jesuit (16-5-4) advances to the Section III game Friday to meet Port Charlotte or Fort Myers-Cypress Lakes.

After 53 scoreless minutes, Rooth put Jesuit up. A kick from Brian Valdez bounced around in the box to Zellner, who headed it over to Rooth on the far side. Rooth unloaded a point-blank shot past Ridgewood goalkeeper Ivan Castano.

Jesuit controlled the midfield slightly in the first half. That intensified into full control and frequent assaults on the Ridgewood back after the break.

Ridgewood (17-4) stopped winning the ball in the back after the first goal. The Tigers' speed created several opportunities before Calderon's header put them up 2-0 with 19:41 left.

John McGregor came off the bench to score the only Rams goal, with 11 minutes remaining. Vinny Vurro hit a ground ball across the Jesuit goal, and goalkeeper Eric Sims missed it on the dive. McGregor knifed a shot into the open goal.

"I think Ridgewood played us as hard as it could in the fist half and didn't come away with anything," Bauman said. "So we really stepped it up in the second half, and all of a sudden we started winning everything."

_ RICK GERSHMAN

Berkeley tops Mulberry

in 2A-Region IV game

TAMPA _ Rob Borham's 31st goal of the season lifted host Berkeley Prep to a 1-0 victory over Mulberry in the 2A-Region IV match.

After 60 minutes, most of which was in the Mulberry end, the Buccaneers' Mike McIlwain drove deep down the right wing and sent a crossing pass to a wide-open Borham, who sent the ball into the empty side of the goal.

Mulberry (18-6-2) nearly tied the game with 13 minutes remaining, when Chris Crawshaw maneuvered through the Bucs and sent a shot inches wide of the right post.

The Bucs outshot the Panthers 30-8. Berkeley Prep goaltender Matt Hill was only forced to make one save.

Berkeley (17-4-1) captured its first regional title.

"It is a victory which I will remember," coach Babe Zimmerman said. "I'm looking forward to going on to the sectionals."

_ RICH HALL

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