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Osceola wins 4-3, reaches 3A-11 final

Osceola midfielder Steve Collard scored a late goal to help the Warriors rally for a 4-3 win over Lakewood in the Class 3A, District 11 semifinal Wednesday night.

Osceola will play Port Charlotte in the district final at Bradenton Southeast at 7 p.m. Friday night.

"This is my best night in Florida," said Collard, an exchange student from Belgium.

Lakewood held a 3-1 lead with 19 minutes remaining in the game before Scott Coram and Scott Davis scored for Osceola to tie the game.

Midfielder Richard Janz knocked in two goals for Lakewood.

Falcons, Cougars win, advance to 4A-7 final

SEMINOLE _ Countryside and Dunedin battled fog and upstart opponents to reach the Class 4A, District 7 boys soccer final.

The Cougars, defending state champs and No. 1-ranked team in the 4A state poll, committed 21 fouls and took fewer shots than Largo, but still came away with a 2-1 win. Largo outshot Countryside (19-0-1) 12-10 in the match, but couldn't tie the game despite many chances late in the second half.

Countryside pressured Largo from the start, Mike Freno blasted in a shot from 35 yards out 10 minutes into the game. Fifteen minutes later, Hugh Richeson gave the Cougars a 2-0 lead as he lobbed a cross from Tondrid Campbell over Largo goalkeeper Kevin Minnerly.

The field was barely visiblie in the second half as a heavy fog settled in. But Largo saw a way to narrow the margin, as Ryan Allen pushed in a header from Dorian Shockley.

"We were pretty much in control until that goal," said Countryside coach Ron Marn.

In the other semifinal game, Dunedin (17-2-1) pulled away from a 1-1 tie late in its semifinal for a 3-1 win over Clearwater.The Falcons were led by brothers Brian and Kevin Lavero, who each had a goal.

Tarpon Springs wins in 2OT, reaches 3A-10 final

TARPON SPRINGS _ Tarpon Springs' Bryan Wolff scored two goals in the second overtime to lead the Spongers to a 4-2 upset over the East Lake in the Class 3A, District 10 tournament.

Tarpon Springs (6-7-3) will play Tampa Jesuit (14-5-4) Friday at 7 p.m. in the final.

Tarpon Springs had the only first half goal when Cletis Koukoulakis headed a shot past Eagles goalkeeper Tim Phebus with 18:46 left.

East Lake midfielder Jeff Ziecheck scored early in the second half to tie the game. The Spongers' Brent Miller and East Lake's Dave Hilderbrandt traded goals in regulation.

Wolff headed the winner home, two minutes into the second overtime on an assist from Miller.

"We were a little worried about playing East Lake, even though we beat them twice in the regular season," said Tarpon Springs coach Tony Frankovich. "But Wolff had a very good game, especially since he was playing out of position."

Chris Cole scored twice in Jesuit's 3-0 win over Plant.

Marauders, Barons reach 2A-10 final

CLEARWATER _ Clearwater Central Catholic's quest for a seventh state title in boys soccer began with an easy 5-0 win against Shorecrest in the Class 2A, District 10 tournament.

The Marauders, riding an eight-game winning streak and ranked No. 1 in the Class 2A state poll, host St. Petersburg Catholic for the district title at 7 p.m. Friday night.

CCC (13-5-3) scored two goals in the first six minutes against the Chargers (10-8). Justin Riess bounced a pass to Josh Davis, who knocked in the first score just 4:10 into the game.

One minute later, Jeff Pollick scored to give the Marauders a 2-0 lead. CCC added two more goals in the first half as Neal Wolfrath scored off an assist from Tony Russo and Riess assisted on Earl Henry's goal.

Brian Brazzell scored three goals, including two in overtime, as St. Petersburg Catholic rallied from a 3-1 first-half deficit to defeat Admiral Farragut 5-3.

_ Correspondents Jeremy Rasmussen, Julie Goodrich and Wayne McKnight contributed to this report.

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