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Springstead wastes no time taking charge

Springstead built a quick 2-0 lead against Central, but the Eagles had to hold on for the win in Monday's matchup.

Around the 10th minute, Springstead senior forward Richard Vansteen saw his teammate's header clang off the goalpost. Vansteen, ready in the box, returned the ricochetted ball for the first score.

McKenzie Olivares scored for Springstead in the 23rd minute off a pass from Steve Sullivan.

Everything seemed to be clicking for the Eagles. They were winning 50-50 balls and possessing them well.

It was a different story for Central, which was trying to work outside midfielder Joel Beiswenger back in the mix. Beiswenger, who has missed the past week and a half with a high ankle sprain, is important to Central's offensive attack.

Central coach Hank Deslaurier said the Bears rely on Beiswenger's speed combined with that of Jake Grey.

"With the 4-5-1 we like to run, we need those outside midfielders and we need that speed," Deslaurier said. "...Without that outside attack, it's tough to beat them."

Once Central got down by two goals, Deslaurier decided to rest Beiswenger for upcoming district competition.

But the Eagles had quite a few defensive lapses that gave Central some chances. Central, which got off two shots in the first half, fired six in the second - the same as Springstead.

"In the second half, they just beat us to the ball," Springstead coach Sal Calabrese said. "When they win the ball, we can't possess it."

Kellie Dixon can be reached at or (352) 544-9480.

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