Junior Colby Maffei acknowledged Tampa Prep isn't used to having three notches in the loss column at this point of the season. She also acknowledged the team has heard plenty of talk that the Terrapins may be off the pace set by the teams of the last four seasons. However, neither of these things seemed to bother Maffei Monday night as she scored twice in Tampa Prep's 4-2 win against rival Berkeley Prep.
Maffei said early season losses to two defending state champions may be worth more than any early season wins against lesser opponents.
"Last year we went through the majority of the season playing teams we'd beat 8-0," Maffei said. "We've seen how great high school teams can play and if we get back to the final four those are the type of teams we want to have seen."
Junior Alyssa Bryant's second effort at a cross from Alexandra Daley in the first half resulted in the Terrapins getting the early advantage and Tampa Prep (7-3) fended off a late Berkeley Prep (4-2) run.
Colby Maffei scored twice in the second half. The two goals gave Maffei the team lead with 15 goals on the season.
Things finally started to work for the Buccaneers late as Taylor Richardson scored in the 74th minute followed up a minute later as she found MacKenzie Dagastino for a goal.
The Terrapins salted away the win with Daley's first goal of the season.