TAMPA — Tampa Prep has won back-to-back state soccer titles but was in jeopardy of not being able to defend its title Tuesday night in the Class 2A, District 10 semifinals against Indian Rocks Christian.
Anthony Baumann made sure the Terrapins will have that opportunity.
Baumann scored twice in the second half on penalty kicks as the Terrapins erased a one-goal deficit to win 2-1 and advance to Friday's district final against Cambridge.
"I think it came down to experience," Baumann said. "They are a good, up-and-coming team, but we've been there before and that was the difference."
The Eagles jumped ahead on Brice Nardozzi's goal in the 33rd minute.
But Baumann got the equalizer just two minutes into the second half, set up by a hand ball in the box. Baumann's penalty kick was turned back by Kollin Woodbury, but the senior midfielder charged and tapped in the rebound.
"Anthony plays with such desire and passion," Terps coach Doug Smith said. "You just can't teach that."
In the 76th minute, Baumann made a darting run down the left side and was fouled in the box. Baumann nailed his kick, then celebrated by ripping off his jersey and sprinting down the sideline to draw a yellow card.
"I was taking that card all the way," Baumann said. "We had to set the tone for the final 10 minutes."
Tampa Prep (9-4-3) will face Cambridge, a 3-0 winner against Calvary Christian, at 7 p.m. Friday. Matt Kazanski had a goal and an assist for the Lancers (10-9-5), while Eric Stephenson and Zachary Jackson also scored.
"We possessed the ball well and finished well, which is something we've struggled with at times this year," Cambridge coach Kevin Hickinbotham said.