© St. Petersburg Times, published February 7, 2003
CLEARWATER -- With the defending state champion out of the way the road to the district title figured to be an easy one.
Berkeley Prep eliminated last season's champion, Clearwater Central Catholic, Tuesday. But Thursday night against Tampa Prep, a team in its first season of winter soccer, the Bucs had to work hard for a 1-0 win and the title.
Tampa Prep, which forced the ball deep into Berkeley's end of the field for much of the first half, missed its chance to take the lead when a shot from inside the box sailed high with 12 minutes, 32 seconds left in the half.
The Buccaneers didn't miss their chance.
From about 15 yards, sophomore midfielder Scott Strickland maintained his dribble in traffic and ripped a shot past Terps keeper Kevin Karpay.
Both teams remained aggressive in the second half, and although the Bucs had more chances, the Terrapins almost scored the equalizer -- twice.
With 29:49 left in the game, an Alexei Novitzky header went wide right, and with 2:30 left, a long throw-in near the corner sailed high into a crowd where Berkeley keeper Andrew McAdams came down with the ball.