VERO BEACH — After a scoreless regulation and two sudden-death overtimes, Tampa Prep beat St. Edward’s 1-0 (4-2 on penalty kicks) Saturday to earn its fifth state semifinals trip in six years. St. Edward’s (17-3-1), playing in its first region final since 1998, was denied its first state berth.
Keeper Brad Goldsberry was the hero for the Terrapins (17-4-2). After needing to make just three saves through regulation and overtime, he stopped the Pirates’ second and fourth penalty kicks. Sophomore Zack Hebert sealed the win by sending his shot to the lower right corner and out of the reach of keeper Christian French.
“We work on penalty kicks every day in practice for 30 minutes, so I’d say it’s my strong point,” Goldsberry said. “It feels great. I definitely think we should have played better during the game, but we got it done and we’re excited to move on.”
Tampa Prep put plenty of pressure on the Pirates’ defense, taking 17 total shots, with four near goals in regulation.
Meanwhile, St. Edward’s saw its opportunities end just as quickly as they were created. The Pirates had two breakaway chances, as well as a two-on-one situation with a defender, but two of those opportunities ended on bad touches, and on the other, the shot went straight to Goldsberry.
Windy conditions also played a role, but both teams were glad not to be playing in rain. The game originally had been scheduled for Friday night but poor field conditions caused it to be postponed.
“We didn’t want it to go to penalty kicks, but we are happy with the outcome,” Terps coach Doug Smith said.
“Those guys, especially the juniors and seniors who were a part of those previous trips (to state) hold themselves to that standard. Our goal was to win here today to go back across the street.”
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