St. Petersburg notches another soccer shutout

The Green Devil girls top Seminole 1-0 for the district crown.
Published February 1

SEMINOLE — Alexa Goldberg isn't usually a goal scorer for St. Petersburg. But her goal in the 12th minute of Friday night's Class 4A, District 10 final against Seminole proved to be the winner.

Goldberg took a perfectly-placed pass from Caroline Dewitt in the right corner and launched a shot that just made it inside the right post. For the next 68 minutes the Green Devils played tight defense, missed a few scoring chances and survived a last minute Warhawks' surge to seal the win.

St. Petersburg (13-3-1) will host King in Tuesday night's region quarterfinal. Seminole (10-4-1) will travel to Bloomingdale.

"It was a great ball by Caroline right over their outside back," Goldberg said. "It was easy for me to run onto it and take a touch. I saw the keeper leaning right so I knew I could slip it into the near post."

The win was the Green Devils' third straight shutout of the district tournament. They had an impressive 3-0 win over Countryside on Wednesday. It also avenges a 3-0 loss to Seminole in the regular season.

"We've shut out two really good teams in the tournament," St. Petersburg coach Rui Farias said. "Our defense has really carried us."

Seminole was held to very few chances in the first half. St. Petersburg just missed a goal midway through the half during a scrum in front of the net. And in the 38th minute a cross clanked off the post.

The Warhawks stepped it up in the second half. In the 48th minute a free kick from 25 yards out went wide left. In the 58th minute, Green Devils keeper Angeline Friel was caught outside the box but managed to scramble back and make a save. And in extra time, Friel had a diving save on a cross.

The Green Devils' best chance to extend the lead came in the 67th minute when a Maggie Thompson left-footer hit off the upper post.

St. Petersburg has won three straight since a 2-1 overtime loss to Palm Harbor University in the Pinellas County Athletic Conference championship game.

"I think it was after that game that the girls realized they could play with anyone," Farias said. "The confidence is really high right now."