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Seminole takes title over PHU

Rich Legg could barely even take credit for his winning goal, in Seminole's 1-0 win over host Palm Harbor University (in Friday's Hurricane Watch tournament final.

"(Kyle) Urquhart told me where to put it, he's the captain," Legg said. "And he told me to just shoot it."

Eight minutes into the second half, Legg struck a free kick from the top of the box just past diving PHU goalkeeper Brent Hileman. The goal gave Seminole their second win in as many tries against PHU this season.

"It's always going to be a good game against Seminole, and of course we'd have liked to win our own tournament," PHU coach Juan Pablo Pinzon said. "The ball bounced their way and they took advantage of it. The difference was a set-piece shot."

The Hurricanes won their tournament the previous three years.

Physical midfield play that resulted in four yellow cards (two a side) and the absence of PHU striker Steven Whiteside produced a scoreless first half. Whiteside entered with 12 minutes left in the half, but Seminole was on notice.

"We had a lineup ready for him," Seminole coach Rick Masi said. "We didn't see him out there, but were able to make the adjustments. The game could have gone either way."

The Hurricanes' only open look was a Brandon Whitsett shot that sailed over the crossbar. Seminole's defense, led by Morgan Riley, held constant pressure on PHU, holding them to four shots on goal, eight overall. Warhawk keeper Matt Celmer had four saves.