TAMPA — Defensively, the effort was there. Offensively, the chances came early and often. Combined together, it meant yet another district title for Tampa Prep.
The Terrapins (15-4-1) disposed of Bishop McLaughlin (18-5) in Friday's Class 2A-9 district final, cruising to 4-0 victory on their home field and giving them momentum heading into regionals.
"They're a good team, and we were fortunate to get a couple goals off of set plays and the other two we worked for," Tampa Prep coach Doug Smith said. "We were very solid in the back."
Smith said his team, leading 1-0 at halftime despite the opportunity for more, was frustrated after the first half.
Their frustration was relieved in the second. Three minutes in, sophomore midfielder Shaddy Douidar made an impressive run — dribbling by four defenders — to set up forward Gustavo Pires' bending strike to make it 2-0.
Within the next 10 minutes, junior forward Jordan Hayes added two more, one in open play and one off a corner kick. Senior midfielder Alex Politis opened scoring in the first half with a header off a corner kick.
"From the start of this season to the end, we've picked up our game a lot," Hayes said. "It's now going to come down to if we want it hard enough or not, but I like the way we've been playing."