SPRING HILL — With no offense to lean on when it mattered, Springstead's season came to an end Thursday night in the Class 5A region quarterfinal.
East Bay edged the Eagles 1-0 behind physical play to advance.
The teams spent much of the first half feeling each other out as the game remained scoreless. With halftime getting closer, East Bay (13-5-2) began to get more aggressive. Officials stopped play several times to admonish the players.
"There's some brutal soccer going on down in Hillsborough County," East Bay coach Becky Wickham said. "These girls are no strangers to playing physically."
A flurry of shots before halftime was stopped by Springstead keeper Monica Vega (five saves) to keep it scoreless, but the momentum had clearly shifted.
Less than 10 minutes into the second half, the Indians attacked again. Springstead (15-4) fended it off briefly, but East Bay captain Delaney Poli shot a rebound past Vega for the lone goal.
"There wasn't a big difference in the game," Springstead coach Polo Furlong said. "Sometimes one goal is all you need to win."
The Eagles pushed the ball downfield hard during the final 10 minutes, but they never really got a solid shot on goal. East Bay keeper Andrea Owens (nine saves) stopped every shot, including the best attempt Springstead received all game, a wide-open look from Cally Quinn with less than two minutes left in regulation.