LARGO - A late goal allowed Tampa Baptist to slip past Pinellas Christian Home School 2-1 in Tuesday's fall region quarterfinals.
Early in the game, Christopher Bauer passed the ball to Michael Bauer as they ran past Tampa Baptist defenders. Michael Bauer put the ball past Tampa Baptist goalkeeper Michael Brandes, but the goal was negated when Bauer was called offsides.
Bauer put the ball in the net again in the first half, but it also came with an offsides call.
With about two minutes left in the first half, Christopher Bauer scored on a pass from Bobby Lancaster, putting the Patriots (10-8-3) up 1-0.
Tampa Baptist (9-8) tied it when George Arroyo scored on PCHS goalkeeper Seth Holman midway through the second half.
With three minutes left, the ball rolled behind the Patriots' Roland Lindquist after he missed a kick. Tampa Baptist's Vinjay Chandra recovered and scored, sending the team to the region semifinals for the second straight year.
"We didn't expect to be here," PCHS coach Charles Bauer said. "We have a hodgepodge team. For the seniors, it would have meant a lot. They played their hearts out. Winning districts was great. Losing 2-1 isn't anything to be ashamed of."
- CHARLES CARDWELLCanterbury eliminated
Canterbury wasn't optimistic about its region quarterfinal against defending state champion Lakeland Christian, and with good reason. Lakeland Christian won 8-0.
Coach Andy Smith said the team exceeded his expectations. The Crusaders held Lakeland Christian scoreless for 20 minutes. Goalie T.J. Carlson, Canterbury's only senior, had 25 saves in the first half. Carlson had to leave the game at halftime with a dislocated finger.
"After the game was over I was proud," Smith said. "I was pretty happy with the performance. I thought everybody improved a great deal."
Although the game ended before regulation - 15 minutes into the second half - because of the mercy rule, it was an improvement from last year's region quarterfinal, which was over before the first half. Canterbury ended the season 7-10-2.
- LAURA LEE