Seminole nabs PCAC title

Goalie thwarts East Lake in penalty kicks as Warhawks win first conference title in a decade.

Published January 13, 2007

SEMINOLE - Seminole goalkeeper Amanda Tucker wasn't too thrilled that her penalty kick attempt in overtime of the Pinellas County Athletic Conference Championship was stopped by East Lake's Ali Burnham. But she wasn't about to let it get to her.

"That wasn't the prettiest of shots, but I couldn't dwell on it," said the UNC-bound senior. "I kind of had a job to do."

And that's just what she did.

After a 1-1 regulation tie, Tucker made two critical saves in the penalty kick session as Megan Fisher and Aileen Ulm converted two chances to give Seminole a 2-1 win and its first PCAC title in a decade.

"This is a type of win that can give us momentum for the playoffs," said Tucker, who made five saves during regulation.

East Lake went up 1-0 early in the second half when senior caption Brittany Nalley crossed the ball from the right sideline to Tara Petzoldt, who gathered the ball just inside the penalty box. The sophomore striker dribbled around a couple of Seminole defenders and drilled the ball past a diving Tucker.

East Lake (15-5) almost went up two goals seconds later when Alicia Nalley fired a shot from just outside the box that richocheted off two Seminole fullbacks before going out of bounds.

Ten minutes later, Seminole (10-5-5) evened the score when Fisher lofted a pass from the left side of midfield. The ball hung in the air while Megan Lawrence positioned herself in between two East Lake players in the middle of the box. After a high bounce, Lawrence turned and toed it past a stunned Burnham.

"It was all reaction," said Lawrence, who has scored three goals in her last two games. "I was pretty happy, though. It was the most important goal of my life."

Both teams went back and forth in the first half, East Lake taking five shots on goal and Seminole six.