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.
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. CCC's lone goal came in the second half from Coleman Dean.
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."