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PHU crushes Ridgewood

Gabby Farkasfalvy records a hat trick to lead the Hurricanes to a 6-0 win.

With only the fourth and fifth seeds standing in the way, defending state champion Palm Harbor University came in as a virtual lock to grab one of playoff spots in the Class 3A, District 9 tournament.

Despite playing the entire second half two players down _ with one Ridgewood player also red-carded _ PHU cruised to a 6-0 win in Thursday's semifinal.

Land O'Lakes defeated River Ridge 3-1 in the other semifinal, leaving the Hurricanes to take on a team it has beaten 4-0 and 7-0 in tonight's 3A-9 final at 8.

The fifth-seeded Rams (8-10-1) were not much of a match for the Hurricanes (20-1-0), who scored four goals at even strength and two while playing short-handed.

Gabby Farkasfalvy had a hat trick to increase her goal total to 22, and Devon Sibole scored her 20th of the season. Jessica Breto and Lauren Murphy added goals for PHU.

Amanda Salvarezza, who scored four goals in Tuesday's 6-3 win over Gulf, was held in check by the Hurricane defense.

PHU's Pam Szott and Ridgewood's Melissa Adair were issued red cards when they collided and wrestled on the ground late in the first half. Moments later, Jackie Kenig was red-carded for foul language.

"It's our chance," Land O'Lakes coach Vicky King said of PHU losing two players for tonight's district championship game.