Zephyrhills and Springstead, the two dominant forces in Class 2A, District 6 girls soccer this season, advanced with ease Wednesday to meet in Friday's final.
Top-seeded Zephyrhills (13-6-2) routed No. 5 Hudson 10-0, and No. 2 Springstead (15-2-3) romped past No. 6 Central 8-1.
One of the district's dominant players, however, may not be there, at least not at full strength.
Zephyrhills senior forward DeeDee Castro, a 25-goal scorer who signed a national letter of intent Wednesday to play at Florida Atlantic, injured her right ankle with less than a minute left. Castro, who scored three goals in the game, was felled by a tackle at midfield and was unable to put weight on the ankle.
Zephyrhills coach Janet Heymen said her leading scorer was in the game because she wanted to end the contest with her starters on the field.
"She also doesn't like to come out," Heymen added.
Heymen said Castro has been bothered by the injury at various times this season and usually needs "a couple of days" to recover.
Zephyrhills, which defeated and tied Springstead this season, showed Wednesday it has plenty of other offensive options, getting four goals from Joslynn Willis, two from Renee Yonkof and one from Ashley McGavern.
Springstead's Angie DeAngelis scored four times and passed up five close-in chances once the Eagles opened a big lead. Springstead led just 2-1 at halftime but scored three goals in the first six minutes of the second half.
2A-5: Lecanto, Citrus win semifinals
INVERNESS _ Kevin Towne's birthday is today, but the Lecanto girls soccer coach received his gift Wednesday night.
Playing on the home field of its archrival, Citrus _ while being cheered by the Citrus fans _ Lecanto put together one of its best games of the season to upset 10th-ranked and No. 2 seed Leesburg 2-1 in the semifinals.
"Our goal all year was to get back to the state tournament, but then all the injuries started and things didn't go well sometimes," Towne said.
"I told the girls after the game that they were faster and better skilled, but we had bigger heart. Sometimes, the team with the bigger heart wins."
Lecanto will play Citrus at 7 p.m. Friday at Citrus for the title. Citrus defeated North Marion 10-0 in the second semifinal game.
Lecanto (13-6-2) took a 1-0 lead five minutes into the game off Meghan Vantine's 18-footer.
The Yellow Jackets responded 3 minutes, 20 seconds later when Monique Reiner deflected a corner kick into the net from a few yards.
Lecanto's Nicole Robinson scored the winning goal with 18 minutes left in the first half.
The second half was a stellar defensive effort for the Panthers, who had numerous big-time saves. Keeper Trisha Chenaweth made 24 saves.
"Trisha did an outstanding job in goal," Towne said. "And you could hear Meghan controlling the defense all night. This was just a great win."
In the second game, Citrus scored three goals in four minutes and led 6-0 at the end of the first half. The game was called with nearly three minutes remaining when Judy Tejada scored Citrus' 10th goal.
Forward Amy Bowen scored three goals, including the first two. Sonya Segars, Amber Presnick, Sally Lanigan, Amanda Yoder, Danialle Coates and Molly Keating also scored.
_ ANTONYA ENGLISH