RUSKIN — Jesuit and Steinbrenner cruised to easy victories in Thursday night's semifinals at Lennard to set up a rematch of last season's Class 4A, District 9 title. Jesuit (23-4) is gunning for its sixth straight district title and 27th overall.
Steinbrenner got a hat trick from Connor Fleming in a 5-0 win over the host Longhorns after Jesuit defeated Strawberry Crest 4-1.
"My teammates were looking for me tonight, I guess," said Fleming, who has 11 goals thanks to his first hat trick of the season.
The Warriors (15-3-2) took a 1-0 lead on Blake Wilson's goal in the eighth minute. Wilson, a freshman midfielder making his first start of the season, banked in a close-range shot off the crossbar after taking a crossing pass from Oliver Ortiz.
Fleming got the next three goals, banking in a rebound off a save by Lennard goalkeeper Daniel Garren, scoring on a penalty kick and converting a pass from Logan Siben. Gabe Villar redirected a centering feed from Derek Gebhard to account for the final margin.
"We really played well tonight," Steinbrenner coach Chad Ebright said. "We really put it together for a full 80 minutes."
In the first game, Brett Durrance scored twice in the first half to stake Jesuit to a 2-0 lead. He converted a pass from Chase Goodwin in the 13th minute and scored off a pass from Christopher Conlon in the 27th. In the second half, Austin Jurado set up goals by Goodwin and Joel Gutierrez.
"We gave up a goal late, but the players maintained their level of pressure," Jesuit coach Bob Bauman said.