MANATEE -- Tournament play has always had a simple concept: win and move on to the next game. Doing just that Friday was the Bayshore High girls soccer team.
Doing all its scoring in the second half, host Bayshore posted a hard-fought 2-0 Class 3A-District 9 semifinal victory over the Southeast Seminoles.
"It's a great win, a great feeling," Bayshore coach Amanda English said. "Southeast (7-10) has always given us a run for our money. They're a good program, and it's a good crosstown rivalry. It wasn't easy for us, and we knew it wasn't going to be."
English didn't get any argument from Seminoles coach Shane Cline.
"It was a great battle," he said. "I know the score is 2-0, but we had our opportunities at the end. They played their hearts out and have a good squad. They executed when we couldn't finish."
With the win, the Bruins (6-6-1) advanced to Saturday's final at 10 a.m. Saturday at top-seeded Tampa Robinson. Robinson defeated Tampa Middleton 8-0.
"We put in a tough week of practice and worked toward playing (today)," English said. "The group of girls we have this year is a special group. I told them that at the beginning of the season."
After a scoreless first half, English had a pretty simple goal for the Bruins in the second 40 minutes.
"The key in the second half was just playing our game," she said. "We had to make sure we weren't making adjustments to them, but force them to make adjustments to us. We played the game we wanted to play."
That simple plan led to both Bruin goals.
First, Tiffany Manansala took a cross and put a shot past Southeast freshman keeper Tira Perkins for a 1-0 Bayshore advantage at the 30:52 mark. Not quite three minutes later, Reesie Karkoff gave Bayshore an insurance goal.
"In practice and every game, we time our runs," Manansala said of being in position for the cross. "It took time and effort to time that run, and I'm surprised I was able to get that goal.
"They're a good team, and I expected it to be a hard game. We worked for this game, and I think each player put in all they had, which caused a 2-0 game."
Doing their best to alter the final margin, the Seminoles had two good scoring chances late in the second half.
With 17:11 left, a direct kick from Emma Bartges was just wide of the goal. Then in the final seconds, Bayshore keeper Anna Becker stopped a penalty kick by Melissa Pineda to preserve the shutout.
"I know it's 2-0, but I still had to be on it. I want to keep that zero behind me," Becker said. "It's difficult to stay focused when they're running down alone and the defense is behind them, like the last minute and you get a penalty kick."
"I thought we really had it tonight," Cline said. "The effort from our girls was fantastic; you can't expect more than that."