FORT MYERS — Staring at a 1-0 deficit despite controlling the first half, St. Petersburg Catholic coach Gary Kolb had a prescient message for his team.
"We were dominating play," he said. "I told them, 'It will come.' "
It certainly did.
The Barons scored four unanswered goals on their first six shots of the second half to defeat host Bishop Verot 4-2 in a Class 3A, Region 3 quarterfinal Thursday.
The win also served as a measure of revenge for SPC (14-4-3), which had dropped all three of its previous postseason meetings with the Vikings, including losing first-round matchups each of the past two seasons.
"It's tough to come down here and play," Kolb said. "We had a great passing game and I thought our midfield did a good job."
Freshman Kady Otzko gave Bishop Verot (12-6-1) the lead by rifling a shot past a diving Maggie Dalessio in the 25th minute.
Just 30 seconds after intermission, the Barons knotted the score at 1 when junior Kelsey Dougherty-Howard tapped in a rebound off a shot by senior Vita Bobelis.
Two minutes later, junior Hillary Ziegler scored off a corner kick by Dougherty-Howard to give St. Petersburg Catholic a lead never relinquished.
Bobelis added the final two goals for the Barons, both off assists by Dougherty-Howard.