Class 2A Terps start slowly, then find scoring rhythm
TAMPA — Tampa Prep had plenty of motivation Tuesday against Bradenton St. Stephen's.
Be it taking another step toward returning to the state's final four or erasing a bitter loss to the Falcons a month ago, the Terrapins were ready to take on their rival.
Still, it took the Terrapins a while to get into gear before rallying to down St. Stephen's 3-1 in the Class 2A region semifinals.
"We played bad soccer the first 15 minutes," said Tampa Prep coach Cindy Schofield. "But we settled down. … We were a little anxious."
Tampa Prep's anxiety showed in a lack of defense that allowed Amy Ivan to score 15 minutes in. But moments later, the Terrapins (18-5-4) snapped back into the dominating squad that came in on a five-game winning streak.
A penalty kick goal from Isabel Dalence with 16:45 left in the half tied the score and Tampa Prep took the lead with a little more than a minute remaining on a score by Mackenzie Logan.
Tampa Prep kept attacking in the second half, adding a goal by Caroline Cheek.
Rod Gipson, Times correspondent