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Chamberlain, Leto reach 4A-6 final

The Leto boys soccer team avenged last week's loss to Gaither with a 2-1 victory over the Cowboys in the Class 4A, District 6 semifinal Wednesday night.

The No. 2-seeded Falcons (13-5-2) will play top-seeded Chamberlain (15-1-1) in the final Friday.

Chamberlain needed two goals from Juan Panesso to edge King 2-1 in the other semifinal.

Leto's Bill Warren scored the game-winner from 12 yards out 14 minutes into the second half. Ted Rose assisted on the goal after Anthony Fotopoulos' corner kick.

"We must have had a dozen corner kicks," said Leto coach Ray DiPompo. "Nothing seemed to be working. He (Gaither goalkeeper David Greco) took everything we had. So we talked at halftime about kicking the ball across the goal mouth, touching it and playing it back for a shot."

Leto had grabbed the lead on a goal by Fotopoulos midway through the first half, but Gaither senior Chris Zambito tied it less than two minutes later. The Falcons outshot the Cowboys 11-3, but Greco thwarted Leto several times, making eight saves.

In the other semifinal, King (10-8-1) gave Chamberlain, No. 8 in the Class 4A state poll, all it could handle before the Chiefs claimed their 12th consecutive win.

King junior C.B. Brown gave the Lions a 1-0 lead 2:40 into the match when he beat Chamberlain goalkeeper Dan Lancz from 12 yards out. But Panesso, the top scorer in Hillsborough County, scored his 30th goal of the season moments later to tie the game.

The game remained tied until Panesso blasted a high 25-yard shot past King goalkeeper Ryan McKenna with 23:56 remaining.

The Chiefs outshot King 17-4, but the outcome was in doubt until the final whistle.

Bloomingdale wins, reaches 4A-5 final

WINTER HAVEN _ The Bloomingdale boys soccer team converted four of five penalty kicks in the final 23 minutes to defeat Armwood 5-1 in the Class 4A, District 5 semifinal.

The Bulls will face Lakeland, a 7-0 winner over Lakeland Kathleen, in the final at 7 p.m. Friday.

Bloomingdale, 15-1 and ranked No. 4 in the Class 4A state poll, opened the scoring when Andy Laverghetta hit from close range in the game's third minute. The Bulls went ahead 2-0 when Oscar Barnes scored on a penalty kick with 22:44 left in the regulation.

But Armwood rallied five minutes later when Leroy Kelly headed a loose ball past Bloomingdale goalkeeper Heath Hardin, off the left goal post, and into the net.

"What all the penalty kicks are telling me is that we need to work on our finishing," Bloomingdale coach Dave Tennian said. "They should not have been able to track my guys down in the box like they did tonight. This may have been the best thing to happen to us. They came in here and scared us."

In the game's final seven minutes, Bloomingdale was given four penalty kicks (three on fouls inside the box and one on a hand ball), three of which scored. Tim Corbin, Steve Freeman and Hardin all converted penalty kicks for the Bulls.

"I don't think there's any question that Bloomingdale is a better team than us right now, but I've never seen anything like that (the penalty kicks) before in my life," Armwood coach Don Meixner said. "It's unheard of."

No. 4 Jesuit wins 3-0, reaches 3A-10 final

TARPON SPRINGS _ Jesuit senior Chris Cole scored two goals to lead the Tigers to a 3-0 win over Plant in the Class 3A, District 10 tournament.

Jesuit (14-5-4) will play at Tarpon Springs (6-7-3) in the district final at 7:30 Friday night.

Plant (5-9-1) opened the first half with good defense, preventing Jesuit, ranked fourth in the Class 3A poll, from scoring.

Jesuit's Henry Garcia opened the scoring 16 minutes into the second half with a shot past Plant goalkeeper David Bell.

Cole scored his first goal with 13:05 left in the half. On an easy save, Bell misjudged Cole's shot, with the ball taking a bounce over his head and into the goal. One minute later, Cole put the game away with his second goal.

In the other semifinal, Bryan Wolff scored twice in the second overtime, as Tarpon Springs upset East Lake 4-2.

_ Correspondents David Brackman, Dan Klepal and Julie Goodrich contributed to this report.

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