Tampa Prep has dispatched of Tallahassee Maclay, 3-1, in this afternoon's Class 2A boys soccer state semifinals and will seek its fourth state crown in six years Friday night.
The Terrapins will face defending state champ Delray Beach American Heritage, a 5-2 winner this morning against Maitland Orangewood Christian, in Friday's 7:30 p.m. state final.
In a dominant offensive performance today before a throng of Tampa Prep students, the Terps finished with seven shots on goal, getting first-half goals from Wes Sever, Anthony Baumann and Jake Peterson while missing a handful of other prime chances.
Maclay, by contrast, had more yellow cards (three) than shots (two).
Peterson's goal in the 13th minute, from roughly 6 yards out, came courtesy of Baumann's 32nd assist of the season. Sever scored his 32nd goal of the year roughly 12 minutes later on a breakaway.
Baumann, on a Peterson assist, finished the first-half scoring by lofting a 12- to 15-yard shot over the head of Marauders keeper Taylor Miller in the 38th minute.
Alex Artecona, a 5-foot-6 eighth-grader, had Maclay's only goal, an unassisted shot in the 67th minute.