EAST LAKE — In the Class 5A, District 11 semifinals, one game featured a team that was unstoppable while the other was a defensive battle.
In the first game, East Lake quickly took care of Tarpon Springs, building a 5-1 lead by halftime en route to an 8-2 win.
The scoring began early in the first half when Anthony Giordano broke free, firing a shot past Tarpon goalkeeper Charlie Hatcher. Ryan Wankat then scored his first of a hat trick when he took a pass from Cooper Coughlin and fired it past Hatcher for a 2-0 lead. Giordano then found Gunnar Kruse streaking down the center of the field and passed to him for his first of two goals. Kruse then got his second goal when Cameron Coughlin found him streaking down the left side and passed to him for a 4-0 lead not even midway through the first half.
East Lake scored just before halftime when Hunter Davis took a pass from Tanner Guy and fired into a wide-open net.
In the second semifinal, Seminole started slow but heated up late in the first half en route to a 4-1 win over Clearwater.
Clearwater started the scoring midway through the first half when Jarrett Lyons fired a shot past Seminole keeper Kenneth Matthews.
Seminole then scored two goals in the final four minutes of the first half. The first came when Garret Bocon fired his first of two goals past Clearwater keeper Keegan Lathan to tie the game at one. Just two minutes later, Ben Seltzer fired a shot past Lathan for his first of two goals and a 2-1 halftime lead.