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3A-9 soccer semifinals: Berkeley Prep thumps Holy Names

TAMPA — Top-seeded Berkeley Prep wasted little time disposing of Academy of the Holy Names in the semifinals of the Class 3A, District 9 tournament.

Sophomore Taylor Richardson scored four goals to lead the Buccaneers to a 9-0 mercy-rule win over the Jaguars on Wednesday night.

"Our whole goal tonight was to play well, play a team game and get out healthy," Berkeley Prep coach Ken Roberts said.

Holy Names (6-9-1) couldn't contain the Bucs' speedy forwards as Berkeley Prep (16-3-2) had 17 shots on goal even though the game was called at the half.

Three of Richardson's four goals came on breakaways and at one point she scored three goals in a four-minute span.

Whitney Hang and Adina Amin each scored two goals, and Taylor Batye added a goal and two assists.

The Bucs face St. Petersburg Catholic for the championship on Friday night in a rematch of last year's thrilling double overtime district semifinal win; Berkeley Prep prevailed 3-2.

The Bucs also defeated the Barons 1-0 in the lone regular-season meeting between the teams.

"It should be a real good match. We've always had close games the last few years so we will be looking forward to it," Roberts said.

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3A-9 soccer semifinals: Berkeley Prep thumps Holy Names 01/21/09 [Last modified: Thursday, January 22, 2009 1:29am]
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