TAMPA — Even though Tampa Prep started slowly Thursday night against Carrollwood Day, a team it handled with ease in the regular season, Terrapins coach Cindy Schofield was neither upset nor worried.
"Our soccer was very good," Schofield said. "We just weren't finishing. As soon as the first goal came, I knew the floodgates would open."
How right she was.
After Tampa Prep's Colby Maffei scored in the 26th minute to break a scoreless tie, it was all Terrapins. By the time it was over, top-seeded Tampa Prep had a comfortable 6-0 win in the Class 2A, District 9 semifinals, a berth in the state playoffs and a spot in today's 7 p.m. final against third-seeded Indian Rocks Christian.
"After that first (goal), we seemed to get our mojo back," Schofield said.
Maffei scored again in the 35th minute and Tampa Prep (13-5-4) took a 2-0 lead into the half. In the second frame, the Terrapins got two goals from Alyssa Bryant and one each from Amber Miller and Isabel Dalence.
Why the slow start?
Schofield said some of it was lack of execution around the net, but she also credited CDS keeper Brianna Knott, whom she described as a "magnet."
"I was really proud," CDS coach Donna Holyman said. "In the first half we played really well."
IRC (10-6) should present Tampa Prep with more of a challenge. Behind four first-half goals, the Golden Eagles cruised to a 4-1 win Thursday over Bishop McLaughlin.
"We're ready for Tampa Prep," IRC coach Joe Raissi said. "That's what we're here for."