On the strength of a thrilling 2-1 victory on the road at local rival and top-seeded Bradenton Christian, the Falcons (11-4-1) captured the Class 2A-District 10 tournament championship on Thursday evening (Feb. 11). It was the 21st boys soccer district title in school history and Saint Stephen’s tenth trophy in the past 11 seasons. The victory against BCS (11-4) gave Head Coach Blake Hoonhout a championship in his first season in charge of the Falcons. After a first-round bye, the second-seeded Falcons advanced to the title match by defeating St. Petersburg Catholic in overtime (3-2) on Feb. 9. Regional playoffs begin at home on Wednesday night, Feb. 17, against St. Petersburg Keswick Christian (8-10-1) The Crusaders were runners-up to Shorecrest Prep in the 2A-District 9 tournament, losing 4-2 in a shootout after a 2-2 tie in regulation. Saint Stephen’s will enter on a four-game winning streak.
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