Make us your home page
Instagram

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

(View our Privacy Policy)

PCAC Championship: Seminole too hot to handle en route to second straight title

Seminole’s Alyssa McHenry, left, congratulates Casey Jones after her first-half goal, which gave the Warhawks a 4-0 lead heading into the break.

CHRIS ZUPPA | Times

Seminole’s Alyssa McHenry, left, congratulates Casey Jones after her first-half goal, which gave the Warhawks a 4-0 lead heading into the break.

ST. PETERSBURG — Even with midfield playmakers Adriana Rodrigues and Nastassja Saitta in the lineup, St. Petersburg would have struggled to slow a potent Seminole attack in Friday's PCAC championship game.

With the duo unavailable for the Green Devils, the task became downright impossible.

Seminole scored in the sixth minute and challenged St. Petersburg goalkeeper Allie Clay throughout in an 8-0 victory that lasted just 54 minutes because of the mercy rule.

The win gives the Warhawks their second PCAC title in a row and third in four years.

"(Winning PCAC) was our goal," Seminole coach Steve Kuplicki said. "Now we can focus on districts. We didn't get any injuries or cards tonight and came out playing strong."

Seminole (14-2-2) moved the ball at will against the shorthanded Green Devils (7-6-1). Sierra Lelii ran onto a long pass from Noel Forsman to score just after the opening whistle and set the tone.

Gina Hayduke notched two goals in the first half and Casey Jones found the open net right before halftime to give the Warhawks a 4-0 advantage at the break.

"We try to get up quick on teams so we can play possession ball," Hayduke said.

The second half took just 14 minutes as the Warhawks scored four times in rapid succession. Forsman opened the half with a goal five minutes in, Hayduke scored again to register a hat trick, Megan Lawrence recorded the Warhawks' seventh goal and Lelii grabbed her second goal to end the onslaught.

St. Petersburg, meanwhile, will attempt to regroup today without Rodrigues and Saitta as it hosts Sarasota in a 6A-7 district quarterfinal matchup. Rodrigues graduated early and is in Gainesville beginning her collegiate career at Florida. Saitta injured her knee before the winter break and hasn't played since.

"Center midfielders, crucial positions to be missing," St. Petersburg coach Rhegan Hyypio said. "But we have to work with what we have, and we have a lot of talent spread out."

Seminole8
St. Petersburg0

PCAC Championship: Seminole too hot to handle en route to second straight title 01/15/10 [Last modified: Friday, January 15, 2010 11:16pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Tampa lands Super Bowl in 2021

    Bucs

    Tampa's Super again. Or at least it will be soon.

    Mike Tomlin celebrates with LaMarr Woodley and Troy Polamalu after the Steelers beat the Cardinals in 


Super Bowl XLIII  on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. [Times files (2009)
  2. Why Ryan Fitzpatrick may solve the puzzle for Bucs at backup quarterback

    Blogs

    Ryan Fitzpatrick will have to leave One Buc Place following Thursday’s off-season workout and fly home to New Jersey in time to teach a class of 10 second and third grade students how to solve the Rubiks Cube.

    The Bucs are hoping Ryan Fitzpatrick can provide the solution to their puzzle at backup quarterback behind starter Jameis Winston.
  3. For starters: Rays vs. Angels, with Cobb leading the way

    Blogs

    UPDATE, 5:32: 2B Brad Miller (abdominal strain) is not doing much in the way of baseball activity yet so that means he won't be ready when eligible to come off the DL on Friday. ... SS Matt Duffy (left heel) said he is still slowed by the big left toe he bruised taking BP on Saturday and does not have a date to …

    Alex Cobb will start tonight when the Rays play the Angels.
  4. Family a driving force for University of Tampa pitcher David Lebron

    College

    TAMPA — For University of Tampa junior pitcher David Lebron, baseball reminds him of family. He uses it to help honor the memory of his father, who taught him the game. One day, he hopes his career can help support his mother and allow her to rest.

    University of Tampa junior pitcher David Lebron (Courtesy of University of Tampa)
  5. L.A. delay could re-open Super Bowl chance for Tampa in 2021

    Blogs

    Construction delays on the NFL's new stadium in Los Angeles mean the Rams and Chargers won't be playing there until 2020, a year later than expected, and the ripple effect could give Tampa another …

    Tampa and Raymond James Stadium last hosted a Super Bowl in 2009, when the Pittsburgh Steelers edged the Arizona Cardinals.