SEMINOLE — An unrelenting, gusty wind created havoc Thursday for Shorecrest and St. Petersburg Catholic at the second annual Seminole Soccer Classic.
Playing with the breeze at its back, Shorecrest outshot the Barons 12-3 in the first half, scoring twice to lead 2-0 at halftime.
In the second half the teams reversed fields, as well as fortunes. SPC took nine shots to Shorecrest's two. The Barons possessed the ball in the Chargers' defensive half of the field for much of the second half, and their pressure paid off with two goals to salvage a 2-2 tie.
"The wind was kind of extreme; it definitely impacted the game," SPC coach Will Summer said. "But both teams played with the conditions. So we've got to figure out how to play against them, not against the wind."
The Barons finally showed signs of life when Adam Skonicki slid a right-footed shot by goalkeeper Chris Partenheimer (seven saves) on a breakaway with 19 minutes remaining.
Soon after, the Barons were awarded a penalty kick after getting fouled in the box, but Skonicki's shot directly at Partenheimer was saved as was the rebound.
Down to the final 10 minutes, SPC scored the equalizer when Skonicki took the ball down the left wing to the goal line, drawing Partenheimer out. Skonicki centered a pass to Austin Reed, who buried the wide-open shot.
"I knew the guys were going to come back," Summer said. "We had some guys learning some new positions, and it was just a matter of time for them to start getting it."
Shorecrest dominated the first half. Immediately after subbing into the game, the Chargers Jeong Kim sent a rebound shot past SPC goalie Patrick McEntegart (seven saves). The Chargers made the score 2-0 when Jimmy Tyrell found Stephen Spanos alone in front of goal, and Spanos easily converted the opportunity.
Shorecrest, which tied CCC 2-2 a day earlier, has two points in the tournament. SPC was playing its first tournament match and has one point.
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The Warhawks opened play in its own tournament on a positive note.
Jacob King, Christian McHale, Shane Wixted, Darcy Finnegan and JoJo O'Donnell scored for Seminole (three points).
Wixted's goal came after the junior was fouled in the box a minute into the second half. He took the kick and beat goalie Kollin Woodbury (seven saves) on a low shot in the right corner. Later in the half, Seminole was awarded another penalty kick when a shot on goal was handled by a Golden Eagles defender. Finnegan took the penalty, had his initial shot saved by Woodbury but followed the rebound to score.
Seminole led 2-0 at halftime.
"What was good about tonight was we got the whole team in," Seminole coach Rick Masi said. "Everybody got some good playing time and some of the guys should be well-rested for (tonight against Jesuit)."
IRC didn't record a shot until the second half but its first resulted in a goal. Eighth-grader Cody Sitton scored with 27 minutes remaining in the half on a great individual effort inside the box to pull the Golden Eagles to within two goals.
The game was the first of the tournament for both teams.