ST. PETERSBURG — Berkeley Prep made a list of goals before the season started. On Friday night the Buccaneers checked off one of them, winning their third consecutive district title with a 2-0 victory over Clearwater Central Catholic.
"It's a good feeling," Bucs coach Timothy Cooper said. "We talked about it today and it was one of our goals for the season."
Berkeley Prep took a lead five minutes into the game when Austin Chen made a long throw-in toward the goal that was headed in by Justin Vogel.
The Bucs kept the pressure on CCC but goalkeeper Trevor Henry was up to the task, getting help from defenders Ryan Seidl, who headed away a shot on goal by Tanner Bailey, and Coleman Dean.
"Trevor Henry was tremendous," Marauders coach Jim Harte said. "He was our best player in the district tournament."
Berkeley Prep added its second goal in the 19th minute the same way it scored the first. Chen made a long throw-in, headed in by Mark Biddinger.
"The throw-ins are definitely something we worked on toward the end of the season," Cooper said. "It has been an offensive weapon for us."
The Marauders' best chance came late in the second half as Dean found Kyle Curniga, whose shot was saved by the Bucs' goalie. In the second half Henry refused to let any more balls get past him.
"We saw what they did against Tampa Catholic and that they gave their everything," Cooper said. "We knew we would have to match their intensity and push the tempo."