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Girls soccer: 2A-9 final

By KEITH NIEBUHR
Published January 19, 2008


TAMPA - Counting Friday's match, Cambridge has played Tampa Prep three times. With the hopes of slowing the high-scoring Terrapins, Lancers coach John Mendoza used a different system each meeting.

And ...

"Each time," Mendoza said, "it didn't work."

After beating Cambridge 5-0 and 6-0 during the regular season, Tampa Prep put the finishing touches on a district title Friday at home with a 7-1 victory. With it, the Terrapins improved to 21-1-1 and enter the playoffs with a ton of confidence.

"I'm very happy," Tampa Prep coach Pam Smith said.

Tampa Prep wasted little time getting on the board as striker Chelsea Klotz scored in the third minute. Four minutes later, the Terrapins struck again, this time with a goal from the foot of Jackie Rosenthal.

"We wanted to let (Cambridge) know we weren't fooling around," Smith said.

Klotz scored again with three minutes left in the half, then added her 52nd goal of the season in the 62nd minute to give Tampa Prep a 6-0 lead. Carrie Field, Paige Goodwin and Megan Wall also scored for the Terps.

"We knew they were going to come out hard," Klotz said. "They had nothing to lose. We had to get down to business."

Cambridge (15-7-1) scored in the 66th minute when Lara Theodore sprinted by a defender then found the net. But Tampa Prep already had total control.

"They're a phenomenal team," Mendoza said.