St. Petersburg (11-3) scored two second-half goals to pull away from Bradenton Manatee 3-1 and advance to Friday’s final against Sarasota Riverview.
Parker Bryant scored St. Petersburg’s first goal on an assist from his brother, Blake. But Manatee scored a break-away goal to tie it at halftime. St. Petersburg’s Jake Moore then buried a penalty kick in the second half, and Martin Gaganelov scored the final goal shortly after.
“We were a little rusty because we really haven’t played in two weeks,” St. Petersburg coach Rui Farias said. “I thought all things considered we played pretty well.”
In the other 5A-8 semifinal, Sarasota Riverview advanced with a 3-0 victory over Pinellas Park. The No. 4 seed Patriots played tough defense, but they could not mount enough offense. Riverview outshot the Patriots 29-3, but it wasn’t until the final three minutes of the first half that the Rams (20-1-3) took the lead.