Berkeley Prep beat Northside Christian by three last month, and with two goals each from Chelsea Hatcher and Christina Lippleman it picked up right where it left off in a 5-0 thrashing of the Mustangs in the semifinal round.
The strong win by top-seeded Berkeley Prep (11-10-1) sends it to Friday's championship against Shorecrest Prep, the tournament's No. 2 seed. Shorecrest advanced with a 2-1 win over Cambridge.
While Shorecrest (11-4-1) got first-half scores from Taylor Tremaine and Tayllor Sembler and hung on for the win, Berkeley Prep was never threatened. The Bucs scored on three of their first five shots to take control.
Nikki Lanza opened scoring 12 minutes into the match, blooping a shot from 15 yards over goalkeeper Jessica Marzi. Two minutes later Hatcher scored the first of her two goals, ripping a shot from 20 yards that bounced off the crossbar into the net. By the time Lippleman scored her first goal on a header of a corner kick moments later, Berkeley Prep was on its way.
The Bucs outshot the Mustangs 20-6, and Bucs goalkeeper Callie Raymond made six saves.
PCAC final determined
After days of crunching numbers, the matchup of the boys Pinellas County Athletic Association championship is set. Seminole and St. Petersburg play for the PCAC title at Seminole at 7 p.m. Friday.
Though St. Petersburg and Osceola have identical records, 8-2-3 (not including tournament games), a tie last week against Dixie Hollins took Osceola out of contention. County athletic director Walter Weller broke the tie using results from head-to-head competition. Osceola and St. Petersburg tied in their only meeting. The teams' other common opponents were Pinellas Park, Lakewood and Dixie. Both teams beat Pinellas Park and Lakewood, but St. Petersburg beat Dixie, giving the Green Devils the edge.
Friday's championship will be a matchup of top seeds in Class 5A, District 10. Seminole won its only game with the Green Devils 3-1.
_ LAURA LEE