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Terror rallies past Kixx

Tampa Bay had a playoff berth secured and a winning streak established entering Saturday night's game against the Philadelphia Kixx at the Bayfront Center.

But if you thought the Terror was content to just play out the final three regular-season games before competing in the post-season for the first time, think again.

Tampa Bay still had something to play for, namely a higher seed in the playoffs.

After earning the sixth and final spot in the National Professional Soccer League's American Conference, the Terror had a chance to take over the fifth spot. It needed to win its three remaining games and have Philadelphia lose twice.

With a strong second-half performance, Tampa Bay moved one step closer to its goal, beating the Kixx 25-16. The Terror has won seven of its past nine games, including five in a row at home.

But to keep its streak alive, Tampa Bay had to rally.

A pair of goals by Tony Bono and Paul Kitson helped Philadelphia take a 7-2 lead at halftime.

In the third, though, Tampa Bay scored three straight goals to go ahead 9-7.

The Kixx' Scott Lawler, a former King High standout, scored a two-pointer to tie the score, and Kitson added another two-point goal to give Philadelphia an 11-9 lead.

That's when Tampa Bay took over, scoring six straight goals to put the game away.

The Terror ends the regular season with a home/away series against Buffalo. The last home game is at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Bayfront Center.