LARGO — Bradenton Southeast couldn’t take any offense Thursday because Largo didn’t give any.
The Packers controlled possession and advanced to the Class 3A region semifinals with an 8-0 mercy-rule victory ended early in the second half.
“The scouting I got on (Southeast) was that they had a couple of very solid players and a solid all-around team,” Packers coach Dan Flynn said. “But I had no idea they’d be shorthanded.”
Southeast played without Daryl Bell, whose 37 goals represent 63 percent of its total, for undisclosed reasons.
Largo (13-6-4) didn’t give the Seminoles (12-5) a shot — literally. It had 38 shots, 16 on net. Meanwhile, the only time Largo keeper Aubanie Higdon got near the ball was when she moved up to help the defense.
“Immediately, we put three forwards up top because we knew we could attack this team and try to put it away early,” junior Kennedy Flynn said. “My game is possession. I love playing the ball through, getting other people goals.”
She did that as Helena Wolfson opened the scoring in the fifth minute. Sophomore Toni Kamensky and junior Kyla Kreemer scored twice. Flynn capped a hat trick with two second-half scores.
“(After subbing liberally), I told the starters they’d have the first 10 minutes of the second half to … finish the game,” Dan Flynn said.
It took only five.