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4A region soccer: Steinbrenner 2, Lakewood Ranch 1

LAKEWOOD RANCH — Tuesday night, Steinbrenner exacted revenge for last season's playoff loss to Lakewood Ranch with a 2-1 victory in a Class 4A, Region 3 semifinal, sending the Warriors (18-2-2) to their first region final.

Things began as scripted for the Mustangs, when they struck 10 minutes into the match. Sarah Miller snuck behind Steinbrenner's back line for an easy finish against keeper Stephanie Hirsch.

However, it was Hirsch and a clogging midfield that were the difference-makers in the Warriors' comeback.

Steinbrenner's Cici Gonzalez was pulled down inside the penalty box about 14 minutes after Miller's goal. Gonzalez then buried the ensuing penalty off the inside of the left post.

Steinbrenner controlled the flow throughout the second half with Ranch having just two shots on goal after intermission.

Eventually, 5-foot-4 sweeper Miranda Gonzalez set off a celebration off an inch-perfect corner delivery from Alexis Bredeau.

"Honestly, I have no idea. It just happened," Gonzalez said. "I saw it coming, and I knew it was going in."

The Herald

4A region soccer: Steinbrenner 2, Lakewood Ranch 1 02/01/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 12:23am]
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