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6A-7 district soccer: PHU bows out, Countryside moves on

Palm Harbor University will not make a third straight trip to the state finals.

The Hurricanes, who were seeded third in the Class 6A, District 7 tournament, lost to No. 2 seed Sarasota 1-0 in double overtime Thursday in the semifinals.

The winning goal came with about three minutes left in the second overtime.

The Sailors will host No. 1 seed Countryside in tonight's final at 7. The Cougars advanced by beating St. Petersburg 1-0 on penalty kicks.

PHU (16-4-3) outshot Sarasota 8-2 and appeared to have scored the winning goal in the 77th minute of regulation. But the officials called off Robert Sennebaum's shot, ruling the goalkeeper had possession of the ball before it went in.

"I told the guys to leave everything they had on the field," PHU coach Alex Delgado said. "We created a lot of scoring opportunities. We just weren't able to win. That's the game of soccer."

The other semifinal was a rematch of last week's Pinellas County Athletic Conference championship, which the Cougars won 3-0. This time, scoring was difficult as both teams were errant on shots in regulation and in two overtimes.

6A-7 district soccer: PHU bows out, Countryside moves on 01/28/11 [Last modified: Friday, January 28, 2011 12:07am]
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