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2A region soccer: Bradenton St. Stephen's 3, Tampa Prep 0

BRADENTON — Tampa Prep has ousted Bradenton St. Stephen's five times since the 2004-05 season en route to four Class 2A state championships, including last year.

This time, however, St. Stephen's senior Chris Scott delivered with two goals Tuesday as the Falcons (18-3-2) secured a 3-0 victory in the region semifinals.

Scott scored on a header off Matthew Jones' free kick early in the first half then on a nifty chipping cross nine minutes into the second half.

"I think the wind or something got lucky there and it just went in over the goalie," said Scott, who has 23 goals this year. "… I think my coach would kill me if I took a real shot from there."

Beating the Terrapins was a bit of redemption for Scott's older brother Kyle and the 2010-11 St. Stephen's girls team, ousted by the Terps this year. Tampa Prep ended Kyle's prep career in 2008 en route to a state title.

Scott had a stint at keeper late in the game when starter Conner McCullen had to exit briefly after getting booked with a yellow card for time wasting.

"I played keeper earlier in the season," Scott said. "I had some experience, but getting in there for a few seconds was a lot of fun."

2A region soccer: Bradenton St. Stephen's 3, Tampa Prep 0 02/08/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 12:11am]
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