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6A boys soccer: Palm Harbor University headed back to state

ORLANDO — Sometimes it's not how many goals are scored but when they happen.

Olympia can testify to that after Palm Harbor University took just six shots to end the Titans' season with a 3-1 win in a Class 6A region final Saturday.

The Hurricanes scored 43 seconds into the game when P.J. McDonald scored off a pass from Robert Sennabaum.

"It's always difficult to go down 1-0 45 seconds into the game,'' Titans coach Chris Mills said. "In all honesty, I thought we were the better team."

Palm Harbor University (20-5-3) will play Miami Killian in a state semifinal Friday at the University of Tampa's Pepin Stadium.

Robbi Mattei scored PHU's third goal — with an assist from Ben Sweat — about one minute after Olympia (17-2-4) had mounted a momentum-grabbing comeback with a goal by Jon Risovas with eight minutes remaining. .

"The last goal was definitely timely," said Hurricanes coach Alex Delgado, whose team won the Class 5A state championship last season. "They took it to us in the second half."

PHU had increased its lead to 2-0 eight minutes into the second half when Sennabaum scored off a pass from Charles Hales. From there, Olympia began to force the pace, eventually leading to Risovas' goal.


State semifinals

All games at the University of Tampa's Pepin Stadium

6A: Palm Harbor U. vs. Miami Killian, Friday

5A: Seminole vs. Tallahassee Lincoln, Friday

6A boys soccer: Palm Harbor University headed back to state 02/13/10 [Last modified: Saturday, February 13, 2010 10:35pm]
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