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SEMINOLE — The offense was relentless and merciless Friday, but that has been the case a lot lately.
Seminole is scoring goals in bunches and is getting contributions from everyone. Add in a defense that has been stifling, if not spectacular, and you have a dominating two-game performance in the Class 5A, District 11 tournament from a team that no longer resembles the bunch that finished the regular season 1-1-1.
The rampaging Warhawks overwhelmed rival East Lake 5-0 in the championship game to win their second straight district title.
In two district games, Seminole outscored opponents a combined 13-0.
“We’re kind of in a good groove right now,” Warhawks coach Steve Kuplicki said. “We’re playing as a team, creating chances and pressuring the other team.”
Seminole (19-2-2) jumped out to a 4-0 at the half with goals from Jordyn Turner, Casey Jones, Elizabeth Bronk and Gina Hayduke.
Turner scored the first one, which turned out to be the winning goal.
“I was able to swoop it in past their keeper,” Turner said. “It was big to get up early in the game. East Lake is our big rival, and it’s always a physical game. We’ll be ready if we see them again.”
In the second half, Hayduke scored again. She has 32 goals this season.
The only scare for the Warhawks came midway through the second half when Sierra Lelii went down with a sprained ankle. The injury didn’t appear to be serious and Kuplicki said she most likely could play in the region quarterfinals Thursday.
The Eagles (12-5-2) were more aggressive on offense in the second half but managed just three shots on goal, the first one coming five minutes into the second half.