Eastside pounds Keystone Heights

Published: Tuesday, January 25, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 25, 2005 at 1:07 a.m.
With a 5-0 win at Keystone Heights on Monday evening, the Eastside soccer team now has just one loss in its last 10 games and are coming together at the just the right time.
The Rams (11-7-3, 7-3-2 district) are peaking with the district playoffs coming to town next week.
Enduring freezing temperatures, Eastside took full advantage of a depleted Indian squad, which was without its leading scorer in Chad Hapner and one of their top defenders in Keith Wheeler.
Donovan Curry opened the scoring with an assist from Mike Bedinger and was followed by goals from senior sweeper Eli Sinkus and Andrew Zimmerman, who scored twice.
A 3-0 lead at the break, the Rams added two more goals late in the contest with crisp passing and field awareness.
"As a team we're really coming together," said Eastside coach Mike Smith, whose team is the third seed in District 4-4A. "It couldn't be happening at a better time of year."
Keystone (10-5 in 4-3A) had won nine consecutive games before the shutout loss. The Indians missed the presence of Hapner, who had scored a hat trick in three of the last four games, but missed the contest because of school disciplinary action. The Rams exploited the Indian defense in the middle, where Wheeler normally occupies, scoring mostly from the center of the field.
"They (Eastside) played brilliantly so hats off to them," said Keystone coach Roger Lloyd, whose team has not lost to a school in 3A. "They really played with a lot of class and I admire that."
The Rams will begin district next Monday at Citizens Field.

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