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Jacksonville Bolles Gets Back on Track with Win over Fleming Island

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Above: Bolles’ Max Cussens (7), who led all scorers with four goals, and Jack Munoz (4) chase Fleming Island’s Devan Marquis as he crosses midfield Tuesday night. Photo by Ray DiMonda. By Mike Zima, Correspondent Junior middie Max Cussens scored four goals, enabling Jacksonville Bolles to extend its mastery of Fleming Island, as the host Bulldogs broke open a tense game in the fourth quarter to down the Golden Eagles 12-7 Tuesday night. Cussens opened the scoring with a bounce shot while running laterally, gave Bolles the lead for good on a left-handed drive from the left wing, and added a long distance shot from the top left corner of the box for good measure. Fleming Island led 5-3 halfway through the third quarter, but Bolles scored seven consecutive goals over the next 13 minutes to take command.  Middie Kienan Brady scored back-to-back goals to even the score, and Cussens gave the Bulldogs the lead for good with 0:03 left in the third quarter on a momentum-turning laser from ten yards out. “They started applying a higher-pressure defense that we had trouble handling,” said Fleming Island coach John Hawley. Turnovers on offense and on clears put the Golden Eagles defense under constant stress in the game’s final 18 minutes.  Middie John Phipps had two goals for Bolles, which snapped a four-game losing streak with the win.  The win is at least the sixth in a row for the Bulldogs over Fleming Island, who until this season was a district opponent.  The Golden Eagles have never beaten Bolles.
Fleming Island goalie Jason Kunath saves a shot launched by Bolles' Daniel Carpenter. Photo by Ray DiMonda.
Fleming Island goalie Jason Kunath saves a shot launched by Bolles’ Daniel Carpenter. Photo by Ray DiMonda.
Devan Marquis registered a hat trick for Fleming island, scoring on two determined drives to the goal from the left wing and on a long-distance shot from the left side in a man-up situation.  Patrick Schreiber and Sam Barrington chipped in with two goals apiece for Fleming Island, Schreiber’s last one from behind his back off of a feed from Jack Hawley. Hawley had two assists. The game was deadlocked at three at the half, largely due to the quick reflexes of Golden Eagles goalie Jason Kunath.  Though the hosts outshot Fleming Island 18-10 in the first two quarters, Kunath had nine saves, including two on close range shots, to keep the game within reach. Fleming Island falls to 5-7 on the season.  The Golden Eagles host Matanzas Thursday night. Bolles improves to 7-5, and will entertain Tallahassee Maclay Saturday at 11:00 a.m.