Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

6A girls soccer: PHU takes control from start in shutout

PALM HARBOR — The message from Palm Harbor University coach John Planamenta to his players before the region semifinal against Plant was simple.

Don't let the Panthers become another Bloomingdale.

Five days earlier, the Hurricanes came out passively in their playoff opener and struggled to put away Bloomingdale until Catherine Brinkman's goal six minutes into overtime.

Tuesday versus Plant, the Hurricanes had no such problems.

PHU dominated from the outset, scoring in the 19th minute and again 10 minutes after halftime to defeat the Panthers 2-0 and set up a meeting Friday at Apopka with a trip to the state final four on the line.

"I think we all came in with the mind-set that we had to get after them from the beginning," PHU's Zoe Lombard said. "Everyone played phenomenal."

Most impressive was the performance of the Hurricanes' defense, which limited Plant (21-2-1) to only two shots — none before halftime — and continually cleared away any glimmer of an opening the Panthers might have found.

"It was a team effort defensively," said Planamenta, adding that it was the Hurricanes' finest defensive performance of the season.

After squandering two point-blank chances 11 minutes into the game, one on a phenomenal save by Plant goalkeeper Lauryn Bodden one-on-one against PHU's Kelly Phipps, the Hurricanes (20-0-1) grabbed their first goal when Phipps was pulled down in the box after a perfectly weighted through ball from Anja Decker.

Brinkman coolly knocked the penalty kick straight down the middle to put PHU ahead just before the first water break.

The Hurricanes continued applying pressure through the rest of the first half and into the second and were rewarded when Lombard's 40-yard free kick found Brinkman's head in the box for a 2-0 lead with 30 minutes remaining.

"Their second goal was gorgeous," Plant coach Steve McGill said. "It was a beautiful ball. No one's going to save that."

The Hurricanes' defense did the rest, keeping the Panthers off the scoreboard for their fourth shutout in four games since the start of the district tournament.

. Up next

Region finals

All games Friday at 7 p.m.

6A: Palm Harbor University at Apopka

5A: Seminole at Venice

Palm Harbor University2

6A girls soccer: PHU takes control from start in shutout 02/02/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 2, 2010 11:39pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays late-night bullpen shuffle: Alvarado, Pruitt down; Kolarek up


    The Rays shuffled their bullpen again after Tuesday's game, sending down struggling LHP Jose Alvarado along with RHP Austin Pruitt to Triple-A Durham, and turning next to LHP Adam Kolarek, who will make his major-league debut at age 28,

  2. Rays journal: Alex Cobb brilliant, Alex Colome worrying in 10-inning victory (w/video)

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — RHP Alex Cobb couldn't have been much better for the Rays on Tuesday, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning while working eight solid. And Alex Colome couldn't have been much worse, blowing a two-run ninth-inning lead.

    Rays starter Alex Cobb carries a no-hitter into the seventh and pitches eight shutout innings in his best outing of the season.
  3. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Pirates game

    The Heater

    RHP Alex Cobb continues to look better and better, which could make the decision whether to trade him tougher. Cobb had a no-hitter through six and threw his biggest pitch with a 1-0 lead in the seventh, getting Josh Bell to roll into a double play.

  4. For good of the Rays, Tim Beckham should embrace move to second

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — The acquisition of slick-fielding shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria said a lot of things, most notably that the Rays are serious about making in-season moves to bolster their chances to make the playoffs, with a reliever, or two, next on the shopping list.

    PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 27:  Tim Beckham #1 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates with teammates after scoring during the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 27, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) 700011399
  5. Rays at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, Pittsburgh

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Pirates

    7:05, PNC Park, Pittsburgh

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Blake Snell #4 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)