PENSACOLA — Bay had a stronger second half, but the Tornadoes were unable to complete a comeback in a 4-2 loss to Pensacola Catholic in the Region 1-2A prep boys soccer semifinal on Saturday.
The Crusaders went ahead 3-0 in the first half, which prompted a spirited halftime speech from Bay coach Ron Houpt, who said the Tornadoes appeared ready to play but didn’t show it in the first 40 minutes.
“We didn’t come out with the intensity we needed to then we came back after a little rousing at halftime,” Houpt said. “It was still 3-0 for a while and I was thinking if we could get a goal before the water break (the 60th minute) we’d be in good shape.”
Bay scored both of its goals before the break, the first by Corey Joseph and second from Jacob Morrow. Zach Smith and Michael Layfield had assists for Bay, which put on the pressure late, but couldn’t tie the match. Pensacola Catholic capped the scoring with nine minutes left to play.
Goalkeeper Zach Watson made 10 saves for Bay, which finished the season 11-13-1.