When it comes to the postseason, St. Petersburg Catholic has a flair for the dramatic.
A year after an exhilarating run through the playoffs that culminated with the school’s first state final appearance, the Barons were at it again in Wednesday’s Class 2A, District 9 semifinal, prevailing after outlasting Berkeley Prep 6-5 on penalty kicks.
Trailing 1-0 in the second half, SPC’s Michelle McNally tied the game with less than 20 minutes remaining in regulation. After two overtimes, the game went into penalty kicks, which lasted 10 rounds.
In the final round, Barons goalkeeper Maggie Dalessio, who had several key stops in the playoffs last year, came up with another Wednesday to give her team a chance to win.
Rebecca Borland hit the next penalty kick for the winning goal.
SPC will play rival Clearwater Central Catholic in the championship game at 7 p.m. Friday at Tampa Catholic. The game is a rematch of last season’s district semifinal, which the Barons won to propel them on their postseason run.
Wednesday the Marauders had no close calls, routing the host Crusaders 7-1 in the other semifinal. CCC established control within the first five minutes and led 4-1 at halftime. Alexandra Alberdi led the Marauders in scoring with three goals.