Before his team's game against Brandon on Tuesday night, Bloomingdale coach Sam Isajar said he wanted his team to just go out and have fun.
Put on a good show for the fans. The game doesn't mean anything _ at least as far as district standings _ so the players should just have fun.
The Bulls proved their idea of fun was to shoot from virtually anywhere on the field, stifle any opportunity Brandon could find and run away with a 4-0 victory.
The win did two things for Bloomingdale.
First, it handed the defending state champion and crosstown rival Eagles consecutive 4-0 losses. Second, it allowed the Bulls (19-1) to make a bit of a statement one day after being dropped to No. 2 in the National Soccer Coaches Association poll despite not losing a game since ascending to the top spot three weeks ago.
It was a strong statement.
Bloomingdale outshot the Eagles 25-7, sometimes pounding goalkeeper Gilchrist Callahan with two and three shots per attack. The Bulls scored from six feet, 18 yards, 25 yards and on a tap-in off a deflection of a shot taken from about 30 yards, displaying a willingness to fire at will.
"If you saw, every time we got the ball it was a shot," said Tom Davison, who scored twice to boost his season goal total to 29. "It was a wet night, the ball's going to skid around and bounce back. You always have to test the keeper and see what he can do."
Actually, aside from one or two plays when he was out of position, Callahan was the glue that held the Eagles (13-4-4) together. If not for several trips off his line to snare crosses and a few one-on-one victories, the score could have been much worse.
Bloomingdale's pressure was intense much of the night but the Eagles didn't help themselves, missing a wide open shot just before halftime.
"Early in the first half we had two good opportunities and we didn't convert," Brandon coach Allen Ware said. "When you play a game like this you can't miss those open net, inside the (6-yard line) shots. You have to bury those."