Six-time state champion Jesuit High earned a measure of revenge against upstart Steinbrenner on Friday when it knocked off the Warriors 3-0 to capture the Class 4A-District 9 title match at Strawberry Crest.
In Thursday's region quarterfinals, Jesuit (17-4-3) will host the loser of the Lakewood Ranch-Palmetto final in District 10, while Steinbrenner (11-3-2) travels to face the winner of that match.
The Tigers, who have captured 22 district crowns under Coach Bob Bauman, suffered a 2-1 upset to first-year school Steinbrenner in January. Bauman chalked that loss up to a lack of focus, but Friday there was no such letdown from his players for the entire 80 minutes.
"(The first match) we scored early and quit playing," Bauman said of the earlier loss to Steinbrenner. "Tonight, we came out with the intensity we needed to have. In the playoffs, you've got to take your game to the next level, and that's what we did."
The Tigers got on the board in the 14th minute when sweeper J.T. Mahoney sent a free kick into the 6-yard box, where midfielder Tyler Hartlage sprinted in to head the ball into the goal. In the 26th minute, sophomore Brett Durrance made it 2-0 on a perfectly-placed free kick from outside the 18-yard box that found the upper 90. It was his 16th goal of the season
Less than eight minutes into the second half, Jesuit extended its lead to 3-0 with a goal from sophomore Christopher Conlon.