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Largo ousts Seminole

Katee McKenna had little time to think about her shot, but it only took a few seconds to realize what was at stake. If she made her penalty kick, Largo would upset Seminole and advance to the Class 3A, District 11 final. If she missed the shootout would continue.

After a 1-1 regulation tie, McKenna stepped up as Largo's fifth kicker and buried the shot, which gave the Packers a 5-3 penalty kick advantage. Largo plays Countryside, a 5-1 winner over St. Petersburg in the other semifinal, Friday night at 7 at Countryside.

"I was thinking about this being my senior season and about how much we worked to get here," McKenna said. "I didn't want the season to end. Once it went in it was the greatest feeling."

Both teams played a physical, defensive game. Largo started the scoring in the 32nd minute when Nicole Matchette launched a 25-yard shot that caught the upper right half of the goal.

The Packers (12-6-1) played defensively in the second half, but Seminole (22-4) still found the net with 7:23 left when Kelly Gavagan put back a ball that was taken off the line by Largo's Heather Moran.

Seminole had three chances in overtime, one a Brandi Herrmann shot that hit the far post, but neither team could score. Both teams made their first three penalty kicks and Largo's Erin Mitchell made it 4-3 with her goal. But Gavagan hit the left post on her penalty shot, which set up McKenna's heroics.

"We hardly even practice PKs," Largo coach Ray Mortham said. "But it shouldn't have gotten to that point anyway. We shouldn't have allowed their goal."

In the earlier game, Stephanie Freeman scored twice and Amanda Dick, Danielle Shaw and Keeley Lapham each added a goal as Countryside scored five straight times to advance.

St. Petersburg (16-7) scored first in the 24th minute on a Casey Sturm goal, but Countryside took off from there. It scored twice to end the first half and added three more in the second half to cruise to the win.

4A-7: East Lake trounced

TAMPA _ Bloomingdale (21-0-2, ranked No. 4 in Class 4A) remained undefeated with a 5-0 win over East Lake in the semifinals.

The Bulls got two close chances by Ashley Quaid and Kim Martins in the first 10 minutes before Quaid put it in on the near post for a 1-0 lead.

East Lake (7-11-1) did well to pressure the ball in the midfield, but Bloomingdale's speed was the killer. The Bulls converted four times on breakaways, beating the Eagles' offsides trap.

"We knew what we were facing, and the girls did everything I asked," Eagles coach John Planmenta said. "We played our hearts out and put the pressure on them. Bloomingdale's just a strong team."

In Friday's final, Bloomingdale faces Durant, a 2-1 shootout winner over Gaither. _ JEREMY RASMUSSEN

2A-10: Warriors beat Spongers

SEMINOLE _ Osceola's Michelle Mione's 100th career goal will have to wait until another day.

Don't expect the county's leading scorer to become impatient about being stuck on 97, though. After Wednesday night's wake-up call, Mione is just glad she'll get another chance.

After allowing Tarpon Springs to erase the Warriors' 2-0 lead, Mione and teammate Erin Neikirk sparked an Osceola awakening. The Warriors kicked into gear to win 4-2.

Jenny Ruetschi and Neikirk scored for the Warriors while the Spongers took only one shot.

But with 7:30 remaining in the first half, the Spongers got goals from Jessica Moore and Lisa Johnson to tie it at 2.

"The worst lead you can have is a 2-0 lead," Osceola coach Ernie Whalen said. "That false cushion caught us late in the half. Fortunately, our defense came out stronger in the second."

Lakewood breezed past Dunedin 3-0. It meets Osceola on Friday.

Shannon Dinoble and Lquri Tondreault gave the Spartans a 2-0 halftime lead.

Renee Bridges capped the scoring with a goal from 30 yards.


A-9: CCC, St. Stephens win

CLEARWATER _ Bradenton St. Stephens Episcopal and Clearwater Central Catholic advanced to the final.

St. Stephens edged Shorecrest 2-1 in a shootout while CCC routed St. Petersburg Catholic 5-0.

St. Stephens' Asia Simmons scored to tie the game with 45 seconds remaining in regulation. The game advanced to penalty kicks after four scoreless overtime periods. The Falcons connected on all five shots to win 5-3.

CCC soared to a 3-0 halftime and didn't look back against St. Petersburg Catholic. CCC's Katie Calvin showed why she will be playing for LSU next season with three assists and one goal.

"It was really coming together at the end," Calvin said. "We play for each other out there,"

The Marauders host the final at 7 p.m Friday. _ KURT KRAUS