CLEARWATER - For most of the first half, Clearwater Central Catholic had so many chances to score a goal, had the host Marauders done so, the Class 3A-Region 3 semifinal would have been a blowout.
But Berkeley Prep hung with CCC, pushed the Marauders and nearly won the game late in the second half before sending the game into overtime. But CCC's Kelly Campbell raced in on a breakaway at the 7:48 mark of overtime to vault the Marauders into the region final Tuesday night with a 1-0 win.
CCC hosts Melbourne West Shore on Friday. West Shore defeated Boca Raton St. Andrew's 3-2 in overtime Tuesday. The winner of Friday's match will play in the Class 3A state semifinals Feb. 6.
The way CCC played in the first half, it looked as if was just a matter of time before it would score. The Marauders had chances almost too numerous to count that could have been goals with a little accurate kicks.
"It was insane," said CCC's Jolie Anniclianco, whose pass set up the game-winner.
After the Marauders came up empty time and again, CCC coach Tom Typrowicz became less and less optimistic.
"I said we were going to have to have lady luck," Typrowicz said. "We had five or six good chances and that left the door open for Berkeley Prep and then they had three or four good chances near the end. And they were building confidence.
"If we would have dropped those four or five chances we had, it would have been game over."
But it wasn't, but it nearly was for CCC late in the game.
Berkeley Prep had its chance to put the game away with 5:18 left in regulation.
Buccaneers forward Brooke Banning shot the ball from the right side which actually got through the legs of CCC keeper Mackenzie Kenner. But Kenner got just enough of a piece of the ball to slow it down. Slow enough that Kenner quickly turned around and was able to kick the ball well to the right, clearing the ball out of bounds.
"I thought we had one there," Berkeley Prep coach Ken Roberts said.