TAMPA — In last year's region semifinal, Tampa Prep defeated Shorecrest by five goals en route to winning a state championship. On Thursday the Terrapins repeated that performance with a 5-0 shutout.
"We did a great job of switching the field, possessing the ball and passing it," Tampa Prep coach Pam Smith said. "You just have to step up when you need to."
The Terrapins (15-3-2) did just that. Forward Colby Maffei, who suffered an abdominal injury toward the end of the regular season, put Tampa Prep on the board just five minutes in. Soon after, midfielder Taylor Richardson found the back of the net off a deflection for a 2-0 cushion.
The Terrapins attacked the net with shots throughout the first half, while Shorecrest (11-7-1) struggled to move the ball past midfield. The Terrapins' strong defense allowed for more offense, as Richardson's missed attempt resulted in a Shorecrest own-goal for a 3-0 advantage.
Richardson completed the hat trick with another strike and Maffei iced the game with a netter toward the end of the second half.
"Our possession was great," Maffei said. "This was one of the better games our defense has played. They really worked together.
"When our defense plays together, our offense plays together and we all mesh."