BOYS SOCCER: Tough night for North Port in loss

By Bruce Robins, Sun Correspondent
NORTH PORT — Patrick Skladanowski scored four goals as Riverview rolled past North Port, 5-2, in a non-district boys soccer match Thursday night at the Preserve.
The Rams senior scored in the first minute on Riverview’s first shot of the game, signaling early that it wasn’t going to be the Bobcats night. The teams battled to a 3-3 tie last month, but this time Riverview got the lead and kept it throughout.
“Once we play a team we kind of learn what they’re doing,” Riverview coach Edward Stroop said.  “We changed our formation and I think that’s what frustrated them a little bit. It was harder for their three forwards to penetrate and score. So I think we frustrated them early and got some scores early and it was tough for them to claw back from that.”
Sladanowski scored again from in front in the 12th minute to put the Rams (9-6-3) up 2-0, but the Bobcats closed it to 2-1 in the 19th minute as Reuben Bohdanets converted on a centering pass from Anthony Perez. But Sladanowski struck again 10 minutes later, chipping a shot past Bobcats goalkeeper Daniel Gonzalez, who had come out to challenge him, giving the Rams a 3-1 lead at the half.
North Port had a chance to close the gap in the opening minute of the second half when Arthur Bohdanets was awarded a penalty kick. However, Riverview goalie Nick Altamare stopped the shot to keep the score at 3-1.
Midway through the half, Skladanowski took a long pass and put a shot past North Port goalkeeper David Kulakevich, who had come out of the net and attempted to make a play on the ball. That made it 4-1, and moments later someone other than Skladanowski scored as Tyler Scholten found the back of the net to increase the lead to 5-1.
In the 78th minute, North Port’s Camilo Arango scored on a shot from the right side to account for the final margin.
“Once Patrick gets on a roll like that, he tends to score more than one,” Stroop said. “We figured it would be a good night for him.”
Probably the most frustrated person on the Bobcats team was coach Gerard Gregoire, who saw his team outshoot the Rams by a 2-1 margin, but still lose by three goals.
“From the start of the game the kids didn’t show up,” Gregoire said. “I’m as disappointed as I can be right now.”
The Bobcats (6-8-2) have one more game Monday night against Bishop Verot before district play begins the following week.
“Nothing’s changed from the beginning of the season,” Gregoire said. “We’ve given up goals quick. It may be the way we’re warming up, I don’t know, but it’s mental preparation. Kids coming in ready to play.
“Obviously, I’m not doing my job if they can’t get it as well so I’ve got to rethink what I’m doing here. It’s about as worse a group as I’ve ever had as far as coming out with a spirit to compete. I can’t put that in them as a coach. That’s something that comes from within and this group just doesn’t seem like they have it.”

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