SEMINOLE — Seminole senior Tess Hipp admitted to being "really nervous" as she lined up the Warhawks' final penalty kick try against Palm Harbor University.
The Warhawks and Hurricanes played to a scoreless draw through 80 minutes of regulation Friday, forcing a penalty shootout to determine the PCAC Championship.
Seminole led 3-2 through four penalty rounds, but after PHU's Ellycia Colon blasted her try past Seminole goalkeeper Casey Merson to start round 5, the weight of the Warhawks' PCAC title hopes fell on the shoulders of Hipp.
Hipp lined up her shot, gave a slight fake to the left to freeze PHU goalkeeper Christina Brewer and drilled a right-footed shot inside the right post to give Seminole a victory after winning 4-3 on penalty kicks.
"I felt like it was all up to me," Hipp said. "I always go right, but I thought I'd fake her out like I was going left."
The PCAC title is the second in three seasons for Seminole (12-1-1) and avenges a loss to PHU in last year's championship game.
PHU (15-2) had numerous opportunities in the first half but couldn't maneuver around Merson (13 saves). PHU outshot Seminole 12-2 in the first half, controlled the midfield and kept the ball primarily in Seminole's defensive half of the field.
After halftime, though, Seminole possessed the ball for longer stretches. Both teams found opportunities to score limited following the break.
"It just seemed like they came out stronger than us," Seminole coach Steve Kuplicki said. "Our touches were off and we were getting beat to the ball quite a bit. At halftime, we talked about coming out a little more aggressive. That was real important."