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5A girls soccer: Freshman's fighting spirit gives edge to Seminole

SEMINOLE — Jordyn Turner took on two East Lake players trying to protect the ball and won.

As a result, so did her team.

Thanks to Turner's aggressiveness, which set up a stunning game-winning shot by Sierra Lelii with less than three minutes remaining, Seminole is moving on to the Class 5A region final after a harrowing 2-1 victory over East Lake.

The Warhawks (18-2-2) will travel to Venice on Friday, making the region championship game for the third straight season and hoping to advance past it for the first time since 1991.

In an exciting back-and-forth match, both teams missed on a dozen or so good chances, got excellent goalkeeping and took turns controlling the action for long periods of time.

East Lake, however, clearly had the advantage in time of possession in the second half after tying it at the end of the first half on a goal by Tatiana Perez.

But the momentum shifted in a flash and with time winding down.

With East Lake (13-7-2) in control of the ball on its own side of the field, Turner, a freshman, tracked the ball and managed to poke it away along the far sideline, falling to the ground.

Lelii rushed over to grab the loose ball, dribble in a few feet and fire from 25 yards out — a perfect shot to the far post for her 33rd goal.

"I looked up and saw Megan (Lawrence) had a defender on her, so I just decided to take it myself," said Lelii, who was flustered all night by some fine marking from Amanda Byrne and her fellow East Lake defenders.

Her winning shot was only her second all night.

From her spot on the ground, Turner looked up just in time to see the ball sail through the air.

"It was beautiful," she said.

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