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3A-9 soccer semifinals: Berkeley Prep, Tampa Catholic advance

TAMPA — Berkeley Prep's swarming offense produced plenty of opportunities.

If not for a few inches of post, this one might have ended early.

The Buccaneers flourished in a 5-1 win over Clearwater Central Catholic in a Class 3A, District 9 region semifinal Wednesday.

Berkeley Prep (21-2-2) scored twice in the first 23 minutes, then added a third goal before the half. Now the Buccaneers get a chance to defend their district title.

"We had to go at them right from the get-go," Buccaneers coach Tim Cooper said. "…We had to go out and go right at them."

CCC (7-8-5) managed to generate some shots, though the Marauders were outshot 10-5.

Berkeley Prep was led by junior forward T.J. Roehn, who scored twice and had three assists.

In the other semifinal, Tampa Catholic topped St. Petersburg Catholic 4-3. The Crusaders looked in command until SPC (7-8-2) forward Adam Skonicki scored three unanswered goals with the third coming in stoppage time of the second half.

It wasn't enough as Tampa Catholic advanced to the final in a rematch of last year's title game.

TC (11-6-4) scored two goals in less than a minute, first on some nifty tip-toeing in the penalty area on a quick shot by junior forward Andrew Buckley to go ahead 1-0. Crusaders junior midfielder Matt Moore then made it 2-0 as the last to touch the ball among a pile of players, then scored again to make it 3-0 heading into halftime.

Buckley scored again in the 58th minute to make it 4-0, but Crusaders coach Kevin McCarron never felt safe.

"When are you up 4-0 and you don't feel good about it?" he said. "I didn't because they're a good team with a bunch of good players. It was just a matter of time."

3A-9 soccer semifinals: Berkeley Prep, Tampa Catholic advance 01/28/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 11:16pm]
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