Ken Scheidt and the Suncoast Suns earned their first four points on the ladder Saturday, roaring back from a huge early deficit to run out 10.7.67 – 9.5.59 winners over the Pasco Black Dog FC at the Crescent Lake Common in St. Petersburg.
Storming out to a 5.1.31 – 0.1.1 lead after the first frame – powered by the scoring of Jake Keglor, Miro Gladovic and Dustin Jones, the Black Dog FC found the going considerably slower in the second, but still found themselves up a seemingly- comfortable 23 points at the big break.
A few missed opportunities in the 2nd quarter would come back to haunt, however.
With Scheidt calling adjustments at the half – notably moving Austen Kugler to an outpost at the top of the goal square – helped the Suns establish an improved point-to-point attack that helped neutralized great defensive play turned in by Danny McDonald and the rest of the Pasco backline in the second half.
Those moves – plus the stellar ruck play of young newcomer Amaran Subramanian and pesky defense from fellow new recruit Joe Caravella turned those adjustments into an all-Suncoast second half.
After racing to a 5.1 -1.1 result in the third period and finding themselves entering the final stanza a point in the front, the Suns maintained pressure in the fourth, adding another three majors before two late goals from Pasco narrowed the final result.
The win moves Suncoast level with St. Petersburg on the young winter season and with a chance to top the ladder next week, as the Suns play host to Greg Bray and Starfish FC at Crescent Lake, December 10 at 10 AM.
|Pasco Black Dog FC (Metro)