SEMINOLE — Palm Harbor University’s girls soccer team has done some pretty impressive things the past five seasons. The Hurricanes won state titles three times, including consecutive championships in different classifications the past two seasons.
But if there’s one thing PHU has trouble with, it’s getting past Seminole.
The Warhawks have had a lot of success in this series, beating the Hurricanes in 2006 and ’09 and forcing a tie last season. Each of those outcomes prevented PHU from achieving a perfect record.
Perfection was not on the line Monday. The Hurricanes lost their regular-season opener to Clearwater Central Catholic. But Seminole’s mastery over PHU continued with a 2-0 victory that gives the Warhawks the inside track to becoming the north county representative in the Pinellas County Athletic Conference championship game.
“It boils down to good competition,” Seminole coach Steve Kuplicki said. “This is always a good match, and it gives us a good idea of where we’re at whenever we face Palm Harbor.”
In the first half, the Warhawks (7-1-1) took advantage of opportunities as Alyssa McHenry scored her first goal of the season since returning from a sprained back two weeks ago.
“It was exciting to score, especially against Palm Harbor,” McHenry said. “We all felt confident coming into this game.”
Seminole continued to play the Hurricanes’ side of the field most of the second. After a few errant shots, the Warhawks added an insurance goal as Sierra Lelii scored her 10th of the season.
“This is a big rivalry game and we came in with the mind-set that we were not going to lose this one,” Lelii said.