PALM HARBOR — As two of the preseason favorites in Class 6A, District 7, Tuesday’s girls soccer match between Palm Harbor University and St. Petersburg promised to deliver plenty of firepower.
Unfortunately for the Green Devils, it was the Hurricanes who had their full offensive arsenal on display.
Behind a hat trick from senior forward Catherine Brinkman, PHU broke open a 2-1 halftime advantage with three goals after the break to win 5-1 and hand the Green Devils their first loss of the season.
Brinkman scored the first three goals to build a 3-1 lead for PHU (5-0). Kelly Phipps made it 4-1 midway through the second half, and Zoe Lombard finished off the rout with a goal in the closing minutes.
Adriana Rodrigues had the only goal for St. Petersburg (3-1-1). It was the first score the Hurricanes have given up this season.
Amber Smith had two assists for PHU. Cina Salemi and Lombard also assisted on goals for the Hurricanes.
Goalkeeper Nikki Brewer stopped four shots to keep the Hurricanes in control.
Indian Rocks Christian 9, Seffner Christian 1
Jensen Eifert scored five goals, including the 100th for her high school career, in the Golden Eagles’ rout of Seffner Christian (4-3) on the road.
The win ensures a spot in the Bay Conference Championship game for the second time in three seasons, according to Golden Eagles coach Vern Kinsey.
Amanda Manning scored twice for Indian Rocks Christian (4-3). Kristen Brown and Ashley Llerena added goals for the Golden Eagles.
Osceola 2, Dixie Hollins 1
Osceola scored two second-half goals to erase a 1-0 halftime deficit on the road at Dixie Holllins.
Marissa Mitchell and Tori Sturz scored within three minutes of one another early in the second half in an important district win for the Warriors (3-0-1).
Jen Shavers put Dixie Hollins on the board 25 minutes into the first half.
“We played hard, and we played well,” Dixie Hollins coach Chris Griffin said. “We had a couple mental breakdowns that led to the goals.”
The loss was the first of the season for Dixie Hollins (2-1-1).
Shorecrest 1, Cambridge 0
Alistair Flynn’s second-half goal proved to be the winner for Shorecrest on the road.
Flynn’s goal gave the Chargers (1-2) their first victory. Ahmed Dajani made seven stops for Shorecrest.
The loss drops Cambridge to 4-4.
Dixie Hollins 2, Osceola 2
Erickson Silva’s late goal salvaged a tie at home against Osceola.
Osceola (2-1-2) took a 2-1 lead into halftime behind goals from Dominic Gianfrancesco and Alexi Cortez, but Silva equalized after getting his head on a 40-yard free kick from Dylan Gribnitz.
“We’ve been improving steadily throughout the season,” Dixie Hollins coach Ron Henkel said. “Preseason, this team beat us 6-1. We’re learning how to use our players a little better. It’s all starting to come together. We’re real pleased with the progress they’ve been making.
Gribnitz had a first-half goal for Dixie (2-1-1).
Largo 36, Tarpon Springs 35
Largo held on for a victory at home over Tarpon Springs.
The Packers started pressing toward the end of the fourth quarter to build a four-point cushion. Tarpon Springs hit a 3-pointer in the closing seconds to cut the lead to one but had no time to get the ball back.
Kendra Brown had a team-high 10 points for Largo (4-3). Charlotte Reneau added eight points. Brown and Reneau each made two baskets from 3-point range.
“We were pretty balanced tonight,” Largo coach Kris Foote said. “We moved the ball pretty good. Everybody got some touches.”
Tarpon Springs (0-3) was led by Tori Sartain’s game-high 12 points.
Canterbury 45, Tampa Bay Christian 35
Bryce Wilson led a balanced scoring attack in a victory for Canterbury at home against Tampa Bay Christian.
The win was the first of the season for the Crusaders (1-2).
Wilson scored a game-high 12 for Canterbury, which saw eight players score. Crosby Ellinger and Dominique Thornton had seven points apiece, and Austin Copeland and DeSean Thomas each contributed five points.
Canterbury held a 10-point advantage at halftime and maintained that lead throughout the second half.