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SEMINOLE — They have virtually ruled Class 5A, District 11 the past two seasons.
East Lake and Seminole both made the playoffs last season and met in the region semifinals. This season, they were the top seeds in their district after waltzing through their opponents in the regular season.
Tonight, only one will add a district title to its trophy case.
The 5A-11 final between the Eagles and Warhawks, anticipated since the season began, became a reality after both teams breezed through their semifinals Thursday.
East Lake, the No. 2 seed, beat No. 3 Clearwater 4-0 in the first semifinal.
The Eagles (12-4-2) got off to a quick start as Kristy Lagoas scored twice and Megan Kelly once to go ahead 3-0 at the half. Amanda Byrne added a goal on a free kick in the second half to round out scoring.
The score was even more lopsided in the second game as top-seeded Seminole beat No. 4 Tarpon Springs 8-0 in a game that called with more than 10 minutes remaining in the second half because of the mercy rule.
In the first half, Gina Hayduke and Jordan Turner each scored twice to help the Warhawks (18-2-1) build a 5-0 lead at the half. One of Hayduke’s goals came on a free kick from 45 yards that sailed high before dipping in just underneath the top post.
“I noticed the keeper wasn’t paying attention and shooting to score,” Hayduke said. “I was hoping it would dip enough to go in.”
In the second half, Sierra Lelii scored once and Hayduke added two goals to complete the rout.
“We were fortunate to have some really sweet shots and get some goals early,” Seminole coach Steve Kuplicki said. “We’ll have to be ready for East Lake. I except it to be a close game”
The Warhawks, who won their third straight conference title last week, swept the Eagles in their two regular-season meetings.