SEMINOLE — The game had crystallized into another tight, low-scoring affair for Seminole’s girls soccer team.
The Warhawks had weathered a barrage of shots from East Lake, none of which went through the goal. Trouble was, Seminole wasn’t able to make the most of its limited chances. Locked in a scoreless game, the Warhawks seemed destined to settle for a tie.
But with 2:06 left in regulation, Brandy Maulucci took a pass from Gabrielle John and drilled the ball into the back of the net for the winning goal in Seminole’s 1-0 victory.
“Gabby gave me a great pass, I saw the goalie move one way and I hit it the other for the goal,” Maulucci said. “It was a big goal to help us beat a good team.”
It also was sweet redemption for the Warhawks (5-1-1), who lost 1-0 to the Eagles in the season-opening tournament two weeks ago. Maulucci did not play in that game because of a knee injury.
She had recovered enough to play this week, but coach Gary Kolb was considering resting Maulucci on Tuesday to have her ready for Friday’s district game against Palmetto.
“My knee felt fine, and I’m glad Coach let me play,” Maulucci said. “Otherwise, I wouldn’t have that winning goal.”
Seminole went through the motions through most of the first half. The momentum changed in the second half with the Warhawks becoming more aggressive and finding a rhythm on offense.
“We just kind of fell asleep there for awhile,” Kolb said. “In the second half, I think we wore them down. Still, we needed a goal and Brandy came through. It was nice to see because we lost to East Lake on a late goal the first time we played.”
In the boys game, the Eagles relied on a stifling defense and timely shots to beat Seminole 3-0.
Tanner Young and Josh Page each scored in the first half for East Lake. Pierre Gorris added to the lead with a goal in the second half.
The Eagles smothered the Warhawks attack, allowing only three shots on goal. The biggest threat came late in the second half when Seminole had a shot that ricocheted off an Eagles player.