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Buccaneers beat Green Dragons

TAMPA - If ever there was a case for not taking a team's record for granted, it was Thursday night in the Class 2A-Region 3 boys soccer quarterfinal.

That's where Lake Placid came in with a 15-2-2 record to play at Berkeley Prep, which owned a 7-10-5 record.

By game's end, it was Berkeley Prep that had sealed up a 4-1 victory and a great deal of respect from Lake Placid.

"We knew that (Berkeley's record) did not tell the true story," Lake Placid coach James Ashley said. "They play an extremely tough schedule and we knew they were tough."

In the other boys regional quarterfinal, Sebring lost to Merritt Island by a score of 8-0 in the Class 3A-Region 3 match.

Berkeley proved it was for real within the first minute when Quinton Kauchick sent a corner kick into Liam Ryan, who rifled in the game's first goal from close range.

"If that goal doesn't happen it might have been a totally different game," Ashley said.

Lake Placid responded by playing the style of game that was successful all season. The Green Dragons controlled possession much of the first half and maintained the ball in the Berkeley Preps defensive end.

Lake Placid missed on several chances to tie the game up before going into halftime dopwn 1-0.

When Berkeley's Kyle Dagostino headed in a goal off a perfect cross in the 54th minute and Berkeley went up 2-0, the Buccaneers seemed to shift into another gear, peppering Lake Placid's goal with shots through the rest of the game.

"I think things are starting to click for us," Berkeley coach Tim Cooper said. "That's kind of the idea of playing that tough schedule (and possibly sacrificing some victories). It gets you ready for this part of the season."

As time counted down, Lake Placid looked to put as much pressure as it could to trim the Berkeley Prep lead.

Osvaldo Orduna, senior and captain for the Green Dragons, found the end of a Carlos Santana pass to put the Green Dragons on the scoreboard.

But Berkeley Prep hung on for the 4-1 win to end the season for a talented Lake Palcid squad.

"This team has come so far," said Ashley. "We had two wins all of last year and many games were by a goal here and there and we knew we had something to prove. We finished 15-3-2 overall this year and went on a 15-game unbeaten streak and I am so proud of the heart of this team and the hard work put in to make this season a memorable one.

"We lost to a good team tonight but we didn't give up without a fight and tonight's game shows Lake Placid that we have made and are going to continue to make progress in solidifying this program."