BRADENTON — Bill Unzicker sensed some anxiety in his players Thursday afternoon. It had less to do with where his St. Stephen's Falcons were — the Class 2A region quarterfinals — and more with how they got there.
En route to winning the District 10 title last week, the Falcons were blanked in the first half. Consequently, they were an anxious bunch facing Indian Rocks Christian on Thursday. Then Alyssa Falkner put one in, and things fell into place, as St. Stephen's won 5-1.
Less than a minute after Falkner scored, Amy Ivin took a textbook cross from Alyssa Allen and gave the Falcons a 2-0 lead with 19:30 remaining in the first half.
Falkner added a goal just before the half by booting in a rebound, then scored from more than 15 yards out less than a minute after halftime. Hannah Howell added the final goal for St. Stephen's (18-3).
Jensen Eifert scored the only goal for IRC (10-8).
St. Stephen's has been to the region finals the past two years but hasn't made the state final four.
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