SEMINOLE — The first goal did not come until the fifth minute. Then they came in bunches.
Seminole, a team with state title aspirations, was smooth and inventive throughout its Class 5A region quarterfinal as its players repeatedly cut through Northeast's defense in a 9-0 win Thursday that was so lopsided the game was called after one half because of the mercy rule.
"Northeast was in its first regional playoff game," Warhawks coach Steve Klupicki said. "They played hard. We just had a lot of things working for us."
From the opening kickoff, Seminole (17-2-2) controlled the pace and flow of the game. The Warhawks' passes, both short and long, were sharp and deliberate as they turned the game into a soccer clinic.
The only thing missing, at least early in the half, was the scoring after a few shots either sailed wide or were saved. It didn't take long for everything to come together.
Sierra Lelii scored Seminole's first goal, then added another a few minutes later. After that, the rout was on.
"Once we started scoring, it got everyone pumped up," Lelii said.
Megan Lawrence got in on the scoring and spent the rest of the night trading goals with Lelii. The two accounted for the first seven goals with Lelii scoring a team-high four.
"I think we're on the right track with the way we played," Lawrence said. "We just have to keep it going."
Alyssa McHenry and Elizabeth Bronk added goals in the final four minutes of the half to round out the scoring.