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Playing before a home crowd featuring dozens of raucous classmates, Tampa Prep captured its fourth boys soccer state title in six years tonight.
The Terrapins (19-4-2) survived a furious late charge by defending champ Delray Beach American Heritage to preserve a 2-1 triumph in the Class 2A final at Pepin Stadium.
The title was the third for a handful of Terps seniors including Wes Sever, who scored the first goal. Additionally, junior goalkeeper Brad Goldsberry became the third member of his family to win a state title, joining ex-Terps Drew (2008) and Robby (2005).
Between them, Tampa Prep and American Heritage have won the last five 2A titles.
Sever's goal came in the 21st minute. Dashing toward the net with a defender in tow, he took a long midfield pass from Anthony Baumann and appeared to get just enough of an outstretched leg on it to tap it past Stallions keeper Fabiano Chaves. Sever later said he never touched the ball.
Sophomore Zack Hebert added the insurance goal in the 51st minute on a shot from the left corner of the penalty area that sailed over Chaves' reach.
Verneri Valimaa scored on a penalty kick in the 72nd minute after Terps junior Brian Steel took down Henry Penagos in the penalty area. At least two Stallions shots hit the post in the minutes preceding that.