ST. PETERSBURG — If Shorecrest was going to advance to Wednesday’s Class A region final, it needed to beat district rival Calvary Christian for a third time and a second time in eight days.
The Chargers dominated play and scored a goal in each half to defeat the Warriors 2-0 Saturday night.
“This game was similar (to the other two) but I think they had a lot more chances in the other games," Shorecrest coach Jason Montoya said. “(Calvary Christian) is a very good team and they work their butts off."
The Chargers (17-3-1) controlled possession in the first half. After five shots and a few near misses, they finally found the net in the 29th minute.
Turner Bramlet took a free kick and sent it to Samuel Idinge, who was unmarked at the top of the box. He redirected a right-footer that grounded into the left corner.
“I didn’t know if I had time or not so I just hit it,” Idinge said. “I pretty much thought it was going in. I placed it pretty well."
Two minutes later, Shorecrest’s Cole Savitsky hit a hard shot from 15 yards that was saved. The Chargers outshot the Warriors 8-1 in the first half.
It was more of the same in the second half. Calvary Christian (10-6-2) got off a shot on goal in the first minute but didn’t have many serious chances after that. Shorecrest had several and converted again in the 56th minute.
The Warriors tried to clear a ball back to goalkeeper Athen Slavkin, but he was beaten to the ball by Asher Rovin. Rovin got off a left-footer that trickled just inside the right post for a 2-0 lead.
“I read the play and went to cut it off," Rovin said. “I just had to get to the ball. I was a little worried when I hit it but it turned out well."
Calvary Christian had a chance with 12 minutes to play. Austin Marshick had a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box, but the shot was saved and cleared. Shorecrest was able to keep the ball away from its goal after that and close out the game.