High School Sports

Prep soccer | Falcons fly past Panthers

St. Stephen's was just too much for a young and inexperienced Bradenton Christian squad Wednesday night.

The No. 1 seeded Falcons knocked off the No.4 Panthers 10-0 to advance to the 1-A District 7 championship match at 7 p.m. Friday.

"We played well, every guy got a chance to get in the game, and that will help with our depth moving forward," Falcons head coach Marc Jones said.

St. Stephen's had 28 shots on goal, sharing the ball and keeping the game out of reach all night.

Bradenton Christian (3-12) didn't get the win, but used the loss as a stepping stone.

"My guys are young, we have no seniors, one junior, a few freshmen and eighth graders playing at varsity level," head coach Cody Podor said.

Freshmen Henry Howell and junior Antonio Colacci each finished with three goals for the Falcons.

Garett Barnes wasn't challenged at all by the Panthers, who couldn't muster a single shot on goal.

St. Stephen's will play Sarasota Christian for the district title. The Falcons tied the Blazers 3-3 in their first matchup, and squeezed out a 3-1 win at home later in the season.

"They are big and physical so we will have to play quick Friday night, it will be a tough game but we will be ready," Jones said.

Howell tallied three assists, Jonathan Boyd two assists while freshmen Ben Whorf added two goals for St. Stephen's.

The Eagles have won an impressive 13 district championships under Jones, looking to win their fifth straight.