SEMINOLE — There were no surprises at the Class 4A, District 10 semifinals Wednesday night. Top-seeded Seminole cruised past No. 5 seed Dixie Hollins 7-0, and No. 2 seed Clearwater took care of No. 3 Northeast 4-1.
Clearwater (9-7-1) will play at Seminole (15-2-2) Friday night at 7. Both teams advance to next week’s region tournament.
In the first semifinal, the Tornadoes led 1-0 at halftime thanks to a goal from Tony Alvarez. But during a spurt in the first 20 minutes of the second half, Clearwater was able to put away the Vikings.
The scoring started three minutes into the half when Jeff Barnes was able to penetrate deep into the Northeast zone and launch a right-footer that found the left corner of the net.
Only a few minutes later, Austin Powell sent a well-placed cross into the box. The ball landed on the head of Donovan Price, who flicked it into the open net for a picture-perfect goal.
Clearwater’s onslaught ended when Powell dribbled into the box, juked past a defender and tapped in a left-footer for a 4-0 lead.
“We were able to keep up the pressure and finally get some goals,” Clearwater coach Anne Pekrul said. “We were finally able to finish. We’ve been a very good second-half team so I wasn’t too worried that we weren’t going to score.”
Northeast broke the shutout when Clearwater’s Joel Tunceren was called for a foul in the 18-yard box. Victor Saucedo drilled the penalty kick to make it 4-1 with three minutes remaining.
Seminole took on the surprise Rebels in the second game, who upset Tarpon Springs 2-1 in Monday’s opening match. The game was unexpectedly close after the first 40 minutes, with Seminole holding a slim 1-0 lead.
“It should have been 8-0 but we couldn’t finish,” Seminole coach Rick Masi said.
That changed in the second half when Seminole started finding the back of the net. With constant pressure and stout defense, the Warhawks outshot Dixie Hollins 33-3. Seven players scored for the Warhawks, including Daniel Welland, Shane Butler, Eric Sines and Tyler Zulewski.
“Defensively we played very well,” Masi said. “We’ve just got to find a way to finish better.”