Boys soccer: Hurricanes KO'd on PKs

Seminole is perfect on penalty kicks, handing Palm Harbor U. its first loss of the season.

Published January 19, 2008

SEMINOLE - Palm Harbor University lost its first game of the season Friday night and it was a costly one; the Hurricanes also lost the Pinellas County Athletic Conference championship.

After a 1-all tie in regulation, Seminole (13-7-2) went 5-for-5 on penalty kicks and knocked off PHU, which made its first four penalty shots, but saw the fifth sail over the net.

Jacob Settle was the fifth shooter of the night for the Warhawks and sent his teammates into a frenzy when he found the net.

"That's the most pressure I've ever had on a penalty kick," said Settle, who has one goal all season. "I just tried not to think about it. I was hoping it wouldn't get (to me), but the pressure kept building and when that last (PHU) kid missed it, I was freaking out."

Less than two minutes into the game, PHU's Zac Daulton made a header pass to Matthew Tobin, who put his own header into the net for his ninth goal of the season. Less than 17 minutes later, however, Seminole's Michael Pollard hit Sebastian Thuriere with a clean pass, then Thuriere used a header pass to set up Sean Rafferty at the side of the net. Rafferty's eighth goal of the season tied it.

Andrew Smith, Ben Sweat, Tobin and Michael Addonisio each knocked in penalty kicks for PHU (17-1-2), but Michael Jauch's attempt went high untouched.

Josh Howard, Roger Seltzer, Thuriere, Rafferty and Settle scored on Seminole's PKs.

"Incredible," said Seminole goalie Andrew Goffe, who pointed out the early PHU goal may have helped the Warhawks. "At first it was like 'Oh, man, I can't believe I let one in that early,' but it got me up the rest of the game. I think it helped us that we went down so early."