TAMPA — Maybe Berkeley Prep coach Tim Cooper summed it up best during the awards ceremony of the Berkeley Prep Invitational.
"That was a championship-worthy goal," he said. "In a championship match."
The goal Cooper spoke of was the one that sealed the Buccaneers' defeat as Jacob Starnes connected on the winner Monday afternoon as Jesuit won the championship, 1-0 against Berkeley Prep.
"That was a first-class goal," Jesuit coach Eric Sims said.
The Tigers' Alejandro Cartaya stepped in front of a pass along the top of the Bucs' 18-yard box. The senior midfielder laid it off to Starnes, who settled, juked and fired a laser from 25 yards into the left side of the goal in the 58th minute. Berkeley Prep (9-2-2) goalkeeper Julian Bosnic never moved.
"(Cartaya) got a good tackle on the ball and it went to me," Starnes said. "And I cut left, went back right and went back post over the goalie."
The Tigers (14-1-1), who captured the season-opening Wharton Invitational, ran through the Berkeley Prep tournament unscathed. Jesuit defeated Jacksonville Bishop Kenny 3-2 Friday before sweeping a doubleheader Saturday against St. Petersburg Catholic and Hillsborough, both by 2-0. Jesuit did all this despite missing at least four regulars each match due to vacation, injury or club tourneys.
"We got a chance to get some other guys some opportunities," Sims said. "We showed that we're a pretty deep team. I'm very happy with our performance over the course of the weekend. We were able to get wins even though we didn't play our best soccer."
Jesuit keeper Colin Malafronte, who recorded shutouts in three of four tournament matches, joined Starnes and Cartaya on the all-tournament team. Other locals on the team included Berkeley Prep's Will Sibson and Andrew Kenny, Hillsborough's Jake Kennard and Shorecrest Prep's Chris Lovesky and Killian Wright.
Shorecrest lost 9-1 to Bishop Kenny in the consolation game.