Class 2A final: Tampa Prep falls 2-0



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Fri. February 12, 2010 | Eduardo A. Encina

Tampa Prep's bend-but-don't-break defense has guided the Terps to Friday's FHSAA Class 2A title game, but the Terps met their match in the final.

The Terrapins third straight trip to the state tournament ended one win short of their second state title.

Tampa Prep fell to Delray Beach American Heritage, the same team they beat for the state title in 2008, 2-0 at UT's Pepin Stadium through 40-degree temperatures.

American Heritage scored both goals within 90 seconds of each other going into 18 mph wind gusts in the first half.  

Tampa Prep couldn't muster much offense throughout the night. Practically the entire game was played in the Terps' defensive end.

Both Heritage goals came on open shots that Tampa Prep goalkeeper Jordan Hatton could do little about.

In the 30th minute, Heritage senior Christina Cobb took the ball from the right side and eluded five Tampa Prep defenders before launching a shot in front of the net past Hatton.

In the 31st minute, freshman Sarah Coy took a pass in front of the net an beat Hatton from about 10 yards out.

Hatton made a diving save on another point-blank shot in the 34th minute, stopping Coy's shot with her right hand. Moments later another Heritage shot lofted off the crossbar.

With the wind in Heritage's favor in the second half, it wasn't any easier for Prep. Hatton made two more diving saves in front of the net, the Stallions hit the crossbar two more times and defender Evvie Walker cleared another ball in front of an open net.

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