5A-6 at Newsome
Today: Riverview (5) vs. Durant (4), 1 p.m.; Bloomingdale (6) vs. Wharton (3), 3 p.m.; Strawberry Crest (7) vs. Lakeland Jenkins (2), 5 p.m. Tuesday: Durant-Riverview winner vs. Newsome (1), 3 p.m.; Wharton-Bloomingdale winner vs. Lakeland Jenkins-Strawberry Crest winner, 5 p.m. Friday: Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.
OUTLOOK: Newsome (16-0) wrapped up its second undefeated regular season Thursday and have a first-round bye. The Wolves are young this season, but have a lot of confidence moving forward. Lakeland Jenkins fared well against Hillsborough opponents this season, but did lose to Newsome, 2-1. However, the Eagles were tested in one-goal wins by Durant, Strawberry Crest and Bloomingdale. Durant played some solid soccer this season, including trading momentum with Newsome before losing a tough 2-1 match on a stoppage-time goal. Wharton has a lot of skill and could be a surprise team in the tournament.
5A-7 at Palm Harbor
Today: Countryside (5) vs. Plant (4), 1 p.m.; Alonso (6) vs. Palm Harbor (3), 3:30 p.m. Thursday: Plant-Countryside winner vs. Steinbrenner (1), 5 p.m.; Palm Harbor-Alonso winner vs. East Lake (2), 7:30 p.m. Friday: Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.
OUTLOOK: Steinbrenner went 4-1 in district play this season with a 1-0 loss to Palm Harbor, while the Hurricanes had three district ties, bumping them below East Lake, which lost to PHU and Steinbrenner in the regular season, but went 4-2. The potential semifinals could break down to county vs. county with Steinbrenner and Plant facing off, while East Lake and Palm Harbor squaring off in the other bracket. Palm Harbor ended Plant’s season last year in the region quarterfinals and East Lake (a state semifinalist in 2013) stopped the Hurricanes the next round. Steinbrenner moved up from Class 4A this season and is three seasons removed from a state title.
4A-8 at Mitchell
Tuesday: Wiregrass Ranch (5) vs. Gaither (4), 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Chamberlain (6) vs. Sickles (3), 6 p.m.; Leto (7) vs. Freedom (2), 8 p.m. Thursday: Sickles-Chamberlain winner vs. Freedom-Leto winner, 6 p.m.; Gaither-Wiregrass Ranch winner vs. Mitchell (1), 8 p.m. Friday: Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.
OUTLOOK: Mitchell allowed five goals this season as the Mustangs wrapped up the regular season 20-0 and ranked 19th in the nation, according to MaxPreps.com. Wiregrass Ranch gave Mitchell its hardest test of the district schedule with a 2-1 match, while the Mustangs defeated the rest of the field by at least three goals in each match. Freedom had some quality wins this season and played Wiregrass to a draw, earning the Patriots the second seed, while Gaither got three district wins on the year.
4A-9 at East Bay
Today: Tampa Bay Tech (6) vs. East Bay (3), 9 a.m.; Hillsborough (7) vs. Armwood (2), 11 a.m.; Blake (8) vs. Plant City (1), 1 p.m.; Lennard (5) vs. King (4), 3 p.m. Monday: King-Lennard winner vs. Blake-Plant City winner, 4 p.m.
Tuesday: East Bay-TBT winner vs. Armwood-Hillsborough winner, 3 p.m. Friday: Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.
OUTLOOK: Plant City set a school record for wins this season and the Raiders have a very experienced team, many of the players being teammates at the club level since they were 8 years old. Now seniors, the Raiders’ core is looking to get to the state final four after coming up one game short last season. Plant City outscored the rest of the field in this tournament 64-1 in matches this season.
Higher seed is home team
Today: Bradenton Bayshore (5) at Middleton (4), 10 a.m.; Spoto (6) at Jefferson (3), 10 a.m. Friday: Jefferson-Spoto winner at Bradenton Southeast (2), 7 p.m.; Middleton-Bayshore winner at Robinson, 8 p.m. Saturday: Semifinal winners, 10 a.m.
OUTLOOK: After a tough run at the beginning of the season, where Robinson lost three out of its first four matches, the Knights lost only one more game and cruised through district play without allowing a goal to any other team in the field. The Knights are a physical, fast team and although young (only three seniors), will be tough to get by for the rest of the teams, especially with home field throughout.
2A-9 at Academy of the Holy Names SCHEDULE
Monday: Berkeley Prep (5) vs. St. Pete Catholic (4), 5 p.m.; Tampa Catholic (6) vs. Clearwater Central Catholic (3), 7 p.m. Wednesday: Tampa Catholic-Clearwater Central Catholic winner vs. Tampa Prep (2), 5 p.m.; St. Pete Catholic-Berkeley Prep winner vs. Holy Names (1), 7 p.m. Friday: Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.
OUTLOOK: Holy Names topped Tampa Prep early in the season, the Terrapins topped St. Petersburg Catholic, which topped AHN, and Clearwater Central Catholic went 2-7-4, but topped SPC. Confused? Well, in short, this tournament could belong to any team. Tampa Prep has history on its side, winning the last eight district titles. AHN went 13-1 this season and, with a young scoring attack, will try to end the Terrapins’ run.
1A-5 at Carrollwood Day
Tuesday: Seffner Christian (3) vs. Cambridge Christian (2), 1:30 p.m.; Bishop McLaughlin (4) vs. Carrollwood Day (1), 3:30 p.m.
Friday: Semifinal winners, 3:30 p.m.
OUTLOOK: CDS and Cambridge played to a scoreless draw in November and the Patriots topped the Lancers 1-0 in December, so a January meeting could prove very exciting if these two were to win semifinal matches. But Seffner Christian and Bishop McLaughlin aren’t going to lay down. Seffner played Cambridge to a pair of draws on the year, while Bishop had a tough go the first time it faced CDS, losing 6-1, but pushed the Patriots in their second meeting falling 1-0.