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Boys Soccer Regional Semifinals Preview

Class 5A-2

Newsome (16-5-1) at Orlando Freedom (17-1-1)

NEED TO KNOW: The Wolves have been on a scoring tear since the return of junior midfielder Jake Van Der Luit from an ankle injury which held him out for two months. Van Der Luit has notched seven goals in the three matches since his return, including a pair of goals in the Newsome’s 4-0 win against Orlando Timber Creek in the region quarterfinals. Junior Matt Urdaneta scored the decider in Freedom’s 3-0 win against Durant in last week’s region quarterfinal. The Patriots, ranked No. 14 in the nation by MaxPreps.com, have been led this season by sophomore Mario Bueso (22 goals) and senior Andres Rodriguez (14 goals), while the defense has allowed just 11 goals through 19 matches.

East Lake (19-3-1) at Steinbrenner (17-1-1)

NEED TO KNOW: Warriors senior Blake Wilson, a Georgia Southern commit has come up big all season, but no more so in the last two matches as the midfielder has won each game with a golden-goal, overtime strike. Wilson leads the team with 19 goals on the season, including a pair in the Warriors’ quarterfinal 4-3, win over St. Petersburg joining defender Noah Keene, who also scored two goals. This match means another run against East Lake, which Steinbrenner beat in overtime for a district title. The Warriors account for two of East Lake’s losses this season as Steinbrenner also won the regular season meeting, 3-1. The Eagles topped Sarasota Riverview, 3-1, in the quarterfinal behind a pair of goals from Bruno Scafidi.

Class 4A-2

Mitchell (21-3-1) at Wiregrass Ranch (21-1-2)

NEED TO KNOW: Here’s the rematch and third meeting both teams wanted after the Mustangs won the first 3-1 in December and the Bulls took the 4A-8 district final 2-1. Mitchell is led by Mico Petrovich (31 goals) and Wiregrass Ranch is led by Bryce Wilson’s 28 goals. Goalies Alex Cypriano (Wiregrass Ranch) and Mitch Szydlowdski (Mitchell) have combined for just 35 goals allowed and 21 shutouts. Keep an eye on Mitchell’s Brady Friedman (16 goals) and Wiregrass’ Chris Faddoul (eight goals).

Class 3A-2

Sunlake (27-1-1) at Inverness Citrus (18-3-1)

NEED TO KNOW: The Seahawks hit the road to face the Hurricanes, which defeated Land O’ Lakes 4-3 in the region first round. Sunlake is led by Remi Pimm, who has 59 goals, one shy of tying the county record for boys soccer set last season by former Seahawk Connor Gilboy. Connor Spencer and Cobi Shirmo have added 25 and 22 goals, respectively, while Spencer has a team high 37 assists. Keeper Danny Hrenko has 20 shutouts and the Seahawks are ranked 13th in the state. Citrus is led by Josh Marsden and his team-high 31 goals, including the game winner vs. Land O’ Lakes.

Class 3A-3

Tarpon Springs (6-9-2) at Jesuit (14-4-3)

NEED TO KNOW: Jesuit got a standout performance from senior Peter Johnson (one goal and two assists) and junior Daryian Flores (three goals) as the Tigers cruised to an 8-0 win against Dunedin. Standout senior Jacob Vila scored the winning goal in the first minute and leads the Tigers with 15 this season. However, the Tigers scoring is a team effort as 20 different players have recorded a goal for Jesuit this year. Tarpon Springs rallied from a two-goal deficit to top Bradenton Southeast 4-3 in the region quarterfinal. The Spongers had a rocky early season, not earning a win until the team’s eighth match, however have come together at the right time first taking a district title over Dunedin and then earning a region win.

Class 2A-3

Clearwater Central Catholic (9-8-4) at Berkeley Prep (8-10-5)

NEED TO KNOW: The Buccaneers got started quickly as Liam Ryan scored a goal in the first minute of Berkeley Prep’s 4-1 region quarterfinal win against Lake Placid. The Bucs also got goals from Kyle Dagostino, Quinton Kauchik and Andrew Kenny. Kauchik scored a goal to lead Berkeley Prep to a district title in January against CCC, and the Buccaneers are riding a four-game winning streak. Clearwater Central Catholic advanced defeating Mulberry in penalty kicks, behind a pair of saves from keeper Dominic Grchan.

Class 1A-2

Shorecrest Prep (21-2-1) at Carrollwood Day (17-4-1), 3:30 p.m.

NEED TO KNOW: Carrollwood Day lost twice to Shorecrest this season. The Patriots got a John Frost goal in overtime to top Indian Rocks Christian, 3-2, in the quarterfinals. CDS also got a goal in the win against IRC from sophomore Miguel Ridruejo, who now has 30 goals on the year. Shorecrest won its district title, 3-1, from Indian Rocks before soundly beating Bishop McLaughlin 8-0 in the quarterfinal with goals from seven different players. The Chargers have three players in double-digit scoring this season led by sophomore Kalju Nekvasil (14 goals, 11 assists) and senior Robert Zolper (13 goals). In the two previous meetings, Shorecrest Prep has defeated CDS by one goal.

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