TAMPA — Berkeley Prep got to its first state final since 2007 on Saturday by scoring four second-half goals to beat defending Class 2A champ Delray Beach American Heritage.
The Stallions took the lead in the first half on a 30-yard blast that deflected off the inside of the goal post and in. Berkeley struggled to maintain possession but made it to halftime down by the single goal.
“We came out hesitant and worried about making sure we were sound defensively,” Bucs coach Timothy Cooper said. “We knew we had to hold their attacking midfielder, who had a great game. I thought the guys did a good job of picking up the intensity.”
All four Berkeley goals came on headers off set pieces. The first was scored by Justin Vogel, who was puart of the Bucs football team that lost to American Heritage in the state playoffs. His flick off a Kevin Harvey throw-in with just more than 17 minutes ledt barely crossed the line.
“We worked on set pieces all (last) week cause we knew we had a height advantage,” Vogel said. “It paid off big. That was a huge moment for us. We were on a nonstop rampage after that. My freshman year, we lost in the state final. But that isn’t going to happen again.”
Harvey scored off a free kick a few minutes later. The Bucs closed it out on goals by defender Mark Biddinger. One came off a Kyle Dagostino throw-in, the other a Daniel Felman corner kick.