SEMINOLE — Seminole coach Steve Kuplicki believes the Warhawks' chances for advancing deep into the playoffs depend primarily on ball possession.
Thursday, after a sluggish start against Northeast in the Class 5A region quarterfinals, the Warhawks put on a clinic on how to possess the ball and convert opportunities in a 7-0 win that delighted the home crowd.
Senior defender Tara Belvin produced a hat trick and senior forward Gina Hayduke added a goal and two assists as Seminole scored three goals over the final 10 minutes of the first half to turn a scoreless tie into a runaway victory.
"Once we got things going then we were able to play the way we know how to," said Belvin, who had scored just one goal this season before Thursday's breakout game. "This is the first time I've ever (had a hat trick) in my soccer career. It's pretty satisfying for me personally and us as a team. It's a nice start for us in the playoffs."
The Warhawks (20-2-1) fell victim to Northeast's style of play for a majority of the first half, but then began dictating the tempo after the water break midway through the first half.
Belvin notched her first goal on a header off a perfectly placed corner kick from Dalia Glavinskas with a little less than 10 minutes before halftime.
A couple minutes later, Hayduke weaved through traffic and shot a dribbler toward goal that Northeast keeper Rachel Parker had difficulty handling for Hayduke's 33rd goal of the season. Hayduke then assisted on Seminole's third goal with a through pass to Jordyn Turner.
Hayduke assisted on Belvin's second goal in the first two minutes of the second half, and after Alicia Tyler scored on a corner kick, Belvin finished her night with another goal on a corner kick.