TAMPA — Because his team had competed well with Tampa Prep in two previous meetings, Indian Rocks Christian coach Ben Futoran thought the Golden Eagles would have a fighting chance in Tuesday's Class 2A region semifinal.
"Our boys have been able to play with them," Futoran said.
They did again Tuesday — for 30 minutes.
After that, it was all Tampa Prep, which scored five goals during an electrifying 11-minute stretch of game time en route to an impressive 7-1 win.
"They framed every shot and executed every cross," Futoran said. "For a while, they couldn't miss. It was textbook soccer. I've got to give Tampa Prep props. Tonight was the best I've seen them the last two or three seasons."
Senior Wes Sever, as he has done often during his four-year prep career, led the Terrapins' attack, this time scoring three goals. Alex Politis added two goals while Anthony Baumann and Twain Glaser also scored. The point man of the Tampa Prep (16-4-2) offense, Baumann added two assists.
"(The offense) was clicking," Tampa Prep coach Doug Smith said.
After Sever scored in the 11th minute, IRC (16-8) answered with a header from Brice Nardozzi 12 minutes later.
But before long, Tampa Prep had "stepped it up," Smith said.
Baumann scored in the 31st minute to break the tie, Politis found the net in the 34th and Glaser got one in just before the half to put the Terrapins ahead 4-1.
"I think that goal by Twain broke their back," Sever said.
Tampa Prep wasn't done.
Sever scored 20 seconds into the second half and Politis followed with another goal a minute later.
"It's a game of inches," Smith said. "The last time (a 2-0 Tampa Prep win over IRC), the inches were against us. Tonight, they were with us. We finished our chances. We were deadly in front of the net."