Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Class 5A, District 11

5A-11 soccer final: Strong defensive effort puts Osceola over Seminole

SEMINOLE — Seminole had plenty of experience entering Friday's Class 5A-11 final against Osceola on its home turf.

The Warhawks (13-2-1), who had beaten the Warriors (15-4-1) once and tied them this season, had won the past three championships and appeared on their way to another title, outshooting Osceola 10-3 in the first half.

But behind the play of goalkeeper Britney Bennett and a stellar defense, Osceola held Seminole without a goal in the first half. The inspired effort propelled the Warriors to capitalize on two early chances in the second half as Lindsey Gentes scored on two followup shots to lead Osceola to a 2-1 upset of Seminole.

"I wanted to destroy them and do everything I could to keep them from scoring," said Bennett, who finished with 12 saves.

About two minutes into the second half, Seminole had a scoring opportunity when Gina Hayduke made a cross from the right side of the field just outside the box to Sierra Lelii, who one-timed it toward the net.

Bennett, who made one brilliant save after another, corralled it and quickly kicked the ball up the right side of the field. Brooke Popejoy ended up with the ball 15 yards past midfield and rushed downfield before launching a shot just inside the penalty box that rifled past Seminole keeper Casey Merson. The ball hit off the right post and ended up at the feet of Gentes, who easily shoveled it into the back of the net.

Several minutes later, Gentes scored again on a put-back.

"It's a great feeling, just hard to describe," said Osceola coach Tom Davis, who had never beaten the Warhawks in his three-year career.

Seminole, which outshot Osceola 22-7, scored with a little over two minutes left when Lelii made a cross from the right side of the box to Megan Lawrence, who flicked it in.


5A-11 soccer final: Strong defensive effort puts Osceola over Seminole 01/23/09 [Last modified: Friday, January 23, 2009 11:51pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Fennelly: Dirk Koetter's apology no way to keep this fidget spinning


    TAMPA — It all began with a fidget spinner.

    This tweet from the Bucs, mocking the Falcons' 28-3 lead they lost in the Super Bowl against the Falcons, prompted a public apology from head coach Dirk Koetter, who called it "unprofessional and not smart."
  2. Perfection's not easy in baseball, just ask Calvary Christian


    CLEARWATER — Of the more than 300 varsity high school baseball teams in Florida, only one has won every game this season: Calvary Christian. The Warriors are a perfect 28-0.

    Calvary Christian's Matheu Nelson (63) prepares to take an at bat during the first inning of Wednesday's (5/10/17) region baseball semifinal game between Trinity Prep and Calvary Christian in Clearwater.
  3. Rays shut out Angels to cap homestand, get back to .500 (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays completed their seven-game homestand Thursday with a 4-0 victory against the Angels, a win that moved them back to .500 for the season.

    Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) high fives designated hitter Corey Dickerson (10) after they score on the single by center fielder Colby Rasmus (28) in the first inning of the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Angels at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Thursday, May 25, 2017.
  4. Bucs suspended RB Doug Martin breaks his silence and says his drug problem is 'definitely behind me.'


    He would not talk about the drug he abused. He didn’t identify the rehab facility he entered last January or how long he was there.

    Doug Martin was contrite but optimistic about returning to the form he demonstrated as the NFL's second leading rusher two years ago.
  5. Kickoff times announced for Florida-Michigan, FSU-Alabama


    College football's blockbuster Sept. 2 season openers finally have kickoff times.