Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

2A boys soccer: Sever's three goals lead Tampa Prep past IRC

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."

Tampa Prep7
Indian Rocks Christian1

2A boys soccer: Sever's three goals lead Tampa Prep past IRC 02/09/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 11:55pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. No. 12 FSU, freshman QB James Blackman struggle in 27-21 loss to N.C. State


    TALLAHASSEE — Whatever was left of No. 12 Florida State's College Football Playoff hopes suffered a massive, likely fatal, blow Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium.

    Florida State Seminoles wide receiver Nyqwan Murray (8) carries during the first quarter of the Florida State Seminoles game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack on September 23, 2017, at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla.  At the half, North Carolina State Wolfpack 17, Florida State Seminoles 10.
  2. Trump tells Warriors star Stephen Curry that White House visit is off


    SOMERSET, N.J. — Stephen Curry and President Donald Trump agree on one thing: The Golden State star is not going to the White House anytime soon.

    Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry poses for photos during NBA basketball team media day Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. [Associated Press]
  3. For starters: Rays at Orioles, facing another old friend in Jeremy Hellickson


    UPDATE, 3:29: Here is the Rays lineup, with Duda at 1B and Morrison the DH:

  4. Bucs have chance to beat Vikings in their third stadium


    Here's a cool sign that the Bucs are getting up there as an NFL franchise: If Tampa Bay can win Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium, it will mark the first time the Bucs have posted road wins against the same NFL opponent in three different stadiums.

    TIMES ARCHIVES (2012) | Bucs RB Doug Martin runs during Tampa Bay's 36-17 win at the Vikings in 2012, in what was then called Mall of America Field. If Tampa Bay wins Sunday, it will mark the first time they have road wins against the same NFL opponent in three different stadiums.
  5. NFL commissioner, players' union angrily denounce Trump comments on national anthem


    SOMERSET, N.J. — The National Football League and its players' union on Saturday angrily denounced President Donald Trump for suggesting that owners fire players who kneel during the national anthem …

    President Donald Trump walks off the stage after he speaks at campaign rally in support of Sen. Luther Strange, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Huntsville, Ala. [Associated Press]