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Region boys soccer: Seminole 3, Hillsborough 2, OT

Liam Murphy, left, and Garrett Connell celebrate Murphy’s overtime goal that gives Seminole a 3-2 win over Hillsborough.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times

Liam Murphy, left, and Garrett Connell celebrate Murphy’s overtime goal that gives Seminole a 3-2 win over Hillsborough.

TAMPA — Liam Murphy scored three minutes into overtime as Semi­nole — after blowing a late lead — beat Hillsborough 3-2 in a Class 4A region quarterfinal Thursday.

Shane Butler played a ball in from the left corner. Murphy cut through the box and volleyed in the winner before being mobbed by his teammates in front of the Terriers goal.

"We knew we could beat this team," Murphy said. "We just had to keep our heads in the game."

After the Warhawks failed to score on numerous chances, a corner from Butler in the 56th minute found Tanner Vaughn, who made it 1-0. Murphy was taken down in the box seven minutes later and converted the penalty kick to make it 2-0.

"We thought we were fine at 2-0," Murphy said.

But Hillsborough (10-7-3), which had few serious chances through the first 70 minutes, rallied. In the 72nd, a long throw-in from Matias Marchi bounced in the box, skimmed off a defender's head and into the goal.

Then in extra time, Marchi placed a corner on the head of Alejandro Tovar to tie it.

"If we could have finished our chances in the first half, it wouldn't have been close," Seminole coach Rick Masi said. "We had the run of play and the possession; just couldn't find the back of the net."

Seminole (15-8-1), which scored three goals in the final 12 minutes to beat Northeast in the district semifinals, regrouped in overtime.

"This team hasn't quit all year," Terriers coach Steven Colborne said. "But I think (Seminole) deserved the win."

Class 5A

Steinbrenner 4, St. Petersburg 3 OT: The host Warriors rallied from a two-goal deficit in the final nine minutes then won it on Blake Wilson's goal seven minutes into overtime.

The winner for Steinbrenner (17-1-1 and ranked No. 4 in the state by MaxPreps) came after Oswald Francis sent a 30-yard blast off the crossbar in the first minute of overtime for St. Petersburg (11-5).

"It should have been over then," St. Petersburg coach Rui Farias said. "This is going to sound trite, but the better team lost. We completely outplayed (Steinbrenner)."

Ebright didn't disagree: "St. Pete controlled play. When it got up 3-1, we made some moves to go a little more offensive."

Blake Bryant had two goals and Martin Gaganelov one for the Green Devils. Noah Keene scored twice for Steinbrenner, including tying it at 3 on a header in the 78th minute.

On the winner, Mike Connell sent the ball to Tony Scaglione, who passed it to Wilson. His 15-yard shot from the right side went under the arms of diving keeper Jack McCoy.

East Lake 3, Sarasota Riverview 1: Bruno Scafidi scored twice Josh Page once for the visiting Eagles. The win sets up the season's third game against Steinbrenner. The Eagles (15-2) lost the first two.

"Riverview was actually quite a very good team,'' East Lake coach Alex Stenson said. "They controlled the middle well. But I think we were a bit stronger overall. They did get a goal on a PK, but overall, I think we played fairly well.''

Stenson said injuries are starting to take a toll. He expects five to six regulars to be unavailable against Steinbrenner.

Times staff writer Rodney Page and correspondent Don Jensen contributed to this report.

Region semifinals

7 p.m. Tuesday

5A: East Lake at Steinbrenner

4A: Seminole at Palmetto

3A: Tarpon Springs at Jesuit

2A: Clearwater Central Catholic at Berkeley Prep

A: Shorecrest at Carrollwood Day

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