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6A-8 girls soccer: Panthers wait, then blank Ravens to reach final vs. Bloomingdale

VALRICO — It took longer than expected, but Plant exacted a little revenge Wednesday.

The match was delayed an hour and a half due to Alonso's team bus being late, but the Panthers shook off the delay and cruised into the 6A-8 final with a 4-0 win against the Ravens, the only team Plant (19-1-1) drew with all season. The Panthers will face Bloomingdale, a 6-0 winner in the other semifinal, for the district title at 7 p.m. Friday.

"We had a come-to-Jesus meeting after that one," Plant coach Steve McGill said, referring to the midseason draw.

The top-seeded Panthers dispatched Alonso 7-0 later in the regular season and had little trouble Wednesday. Plant started strong and controlled the run of play.

"I really liked the way we came out in the first 15-20 minutes," McGill said.

Ellen Moore's free kick from about 25 yards out in the 10th minute sailed into the goalmouth, and Amy Werdine headed it in for the only strike Plant would need. Conner Zwetsch, Caroline Bado and Olivia Muratides also scored.

In the late match, No. 2 Bloomingdale's Kara Buono notched a pair of goals as the Bulls defeated Wharton for the third time this season. Jordan Johnson, Elyse Fontecchio, Rebecca Oser and Jaclyn Mack also scored for the Bulls.

Plant and Bloomingdale earn automatic berths into the postseason and will play Friday for the district championship. The Panthers defeated the Bulls 3-1 and 1-0 during the regular season.

6A-8 girls soccer: Panthers wait, then blank Ravens to reach final vs. Bloomingdale 01/20/10 [Last modified: Thursday, January 21, 2010 12:12am]
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