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Lancers eliminated in soccer playoffs

Seminole Presbyterian's first trip to the fall soccer state playoffs ended abruptly with a 5-2 loss to Orangewood Christian in the North I Region semifinals late Tuesday.

Seminole Presbyterian (20-6-1) had a 2-1 lead late in the first half, but surrendered three goals in five minutes to lose momentum. Orangewood (19-4-2) faces Tallahassee Maclay in Friday's North I Region final.

"We didn't bring our "A' game," said Seminole Presbyterian coach Kevin Hickinbotham, whose team finished second in District 4 to Lakeland Christian. "Maybe it was a case of us not being there before. It was nice to reach this point. We just wish we could have continued."

Seminole Presbyterian scored on goals by Donnie Kmiotek and Tim Taylor. Justin Trent and Brian Samilian had the assists.

Hickinbotham said he's optimistic about next season, even with the loss of six seniors, including forward Trent, who had a school-record 51 goals.

"Hopefully, we can get back to the playoffs and go even further," Hickinbotham said.

_ JOEY JOHNSTON

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