CLEARWATER — The top seeds both advanced in Wednesday's Class 5A-11 district semifinals, but both winning coaches walked off the field with closer battles than they expected.
No. 2 Seminole led No. 3 Dunedin by only a 1-0 margin at halftime before finally getting some offense to finish with a 4-1 cushion. No. 1 East Lake also led No. 4 Clearwater (6-12-1) 1-0 early, finishing the night 2-0.
"Our guys were complacent. They lacked focus," said Seminole coach Rick Masi. "We created some quality chances, but didn't get quality finishes."
Masi also credited Dunedin keeper Andrew Hindman, who had 12 saves.
"Their goalkeeper played great, phenomenal," Masi said. "It could have easily been four or five (goals) in the first half. Even in the second half he made save after save."
The Warhawks' (15-7-2) lone goal in the first half came from Kevin Nota on a corner kick. Hindman then went 54 minutes before allowing another goal, Charles Lynch's. Sean Rafferty later scored on an assist from Darcey Finnegan and Michael Schorn scored off backup keeper Lucas Richardson with five seconds to play.
Dunedin (4-10) broke the shutout against a backup when Teddy Alozakis scored his fifth goal of the season.
In the night game, East Lake's Nicholas Patterson knocked in his 16th goal of the season and Matthew Kimball scored his fourth while keeper Jason Richmond tallied his 11th shutout.
Seminole and East Lake (16-1-2) meet Friday for the fourth time. The teams tied once and the Eagles won twice.