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Class A, District 7: Sophomore Alexandra Daley and LSU signee Colby Maffei each scored twice as top-seeded Tampa Prep (15-1-4) overcame a sluggish opening half for a 7-0 victory against Indian Rocks Christian in the semifinals. Alyssa Bryant, Spenser Hollar and Alexa Steele-Weintraub also scored for the Terrapins, who will face Bishop McLaughlin at 7 in tonight’s title match. The Hurricanes (13-4-3) got two goals from sophomore Ricki Vetzel in a 4-2 triumph against Carrollwood Day.
Boys soccer roundup
Freedom 3, Brandon 0: The Patriots (10-5-1) observed the one-month anniversary of their most recent loss with a balanced offensive effort. Michael Sacco, Jett Wright and Derik Harvey scored.
Plant City 6, Chamberlain 2: Junior forward Gerson Herrera’s hat trick overshadowed a record-breaking night for Raiders senior Cameron Roberts as the host (14-1-1) rolled. Roberts, who came in tied with Steve Lalus for Plant City’s single-season goals record (31), added two more for sole possession of the mark. Adair Martinez also scored for the Raiders.
King 3, Tampa Bay Tech 0: Lucmakson Zamor, Robert Peng and Zachary Travis scored for the Lions (8-5), who have won three of their past four.
HomeTeam Hot Shots
Standout performances from Thursday night
Tatiana Manuel, Brooks-DeBartolo. The Phoenix junior scored a game-high 21 in her team’s 53-36 triumph against Tampa Prep.
Gerson Herrera, Plant City. The junior tallied a hat trick for the Raiders boys in their 6-2 victory against Chamberlain.
Gus Pires, Tampa Prep. The Terrapins’ senior captain had both goals in his team’s 2-2 stalemate at Mitchell.
Peyton Walker, Seffner Christian. The 5-foot-10 freshman scored a team-high 18 in her team’s 63-21 victory against Admiral Farragut.
By the numbers
2 First-half dunks by Tampa Prep sophomore Marshall Holmes — one of them two-handed — in his team’s 74-30 romp of Brooks-DeBartolo
4 Players who scored in double figures for Seffner Christian’s girls in their 63-21 triumph against Admiral Farragut
14 Games (out of 20) in which Seffner Christian’s girls have scored at least 60
What they’re saying
“We don’t really have any keys, we’ve just been trying to work around a lot of injuries. We’ve been down anywhere between three to five starters most of the season with various injuries. We’ve just been putting things together in order to make it through.” Freedom boys soccer coach Dennis Derflinger, whose team is 5-0 in 2012
“The soccer was good, we weren’t mad at them at halftime. It was just that final pass and finishing our chances.” Tampa Prep girls soccer coach Cindy Schofield, whose team led Indian Rocks Christian 2-0 at halftime before a five-goal second-half explosion