Once more, the Seminole High girls soccer team will have to wait another year for its turn at the state soccer altar. The Warhawks, bridesmaids of last year's Class 4A tournament, got bumped into also-ran status again Friday as Altamonte Springs-Lake Brantley ended their season by a 1-0 score in a 4A state semifinal at Orlando-Bishop Moore.
Lake Brantley (26-1-2) plays Coconut Creek tonight at 7 p.m. for the state title. The Cougars (19-1-2) beat Miami Killian 3-1 in Friday's other 4A semifinal.
Seminole, which lost 1-0 to Lake Mary in last year's state title game, finishes 22-1-1.
With 13:44 left in the match, Lake Brantley forward Stephanie Sanders corraled a Seminole goal kick and dribbled to the center of the Seminole goal mouth. The freshman wrenched herself free of two Seminole defenders and slid the ball under Warhawks goalie Kathan Gilman for her 33rd score of the year.
"This was just one of those games where one goal was going to do it," Seminole head coach Steve Kuplicki said. "We'd get into the flow of our game, then they'd get into the flow of theirs. We had a lot of opportunities; we just couldn't finish it.' Both teams had their share of scoring chances, but neither could produce a formula that worked. For the entire first half, the teams took turns dominating the middle two-thirds of the field. Each regularly sustained drives between the penalty areas, but neither could manage a serious attack.
In Friday's 3A action, Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas and defending state champion Orlando-Bishop Moore won their semifinals.
They play today at 2 p.m. for the 3A crown. St. Thomas Aquinas beat Tallahassee Macclay 6-1, and Bishop Moore beat Boca Raton 3-0.