PREP SOCCER

Hurricanes teach Indians a lesson


Published: Wednesday, January 7, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 7, 2004 at 12:16 a.m.

Led by reigning Gainesville Sun offensive player of the year, Kenji Stasiewicz, the Gainesville High School boys soccer team used a five-goal first half to top Keystone Heights 5-1 Tuesday night.

Stasiewicz, a senior midfielder, scored twice to help the Hurricanes improve to 13-6-1, while the Gainesville defense silenced an Indians' attack that outscored its previous six opponents 24-2. Junior Patrick O'Conner added a goal and two assists for the Hurricanes.

"(Kenji) is our quarterback out there, and we go at his speed as a team," Gainesville coach Jeremy Witt said. "Now that he's a senior, he's trying to be more of a leader, rather than just go out there and beat them with pure skill like he would've done in the past."

Before meeting the Hurricanes, the Indians won five of their last six games, including three shutouts, but the long holiday break proved to be a major setback for the young, but improving Keystone squad.

"Our guys came out and looked flat and disorganized in the first half," said Keystone coach Roger Lloyd, whose team didn't score until the game's 78th minute. "Gainesville played brilliantly, and showed us exactly why we need to play in Christmas tournaments and practice during the break."

Keystone (7-3-1) opened the season with a disappointing 2-2 mark and is still trying to get back the form that took the Indians to their first-ever regional semifinal last year in Lloyd's rookie campaign.

"We lost a lot of key players last season, and it took a few games this year to figure out where our talent needed to be on the field," Lloyd said. "Once we figured that out, we finally began playing well as a team."

Matt Cannizzaro can be reached at (352) 374-5052or sunpreps@hotmail.com.

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