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Girls Soccer: Region Quarterfinals

5A-Region 2

WHO: Orlando Boone (16-7-3) at Newsome (18-0)

OUTLOOK: Newsome controlled play in its district final match against Lakeland Jenkins, but it took a little time for the Wolves to get the lead and hold on for a 2-1 win. The Wolves look to stay undefeated behind a physical midfield led by Karli Gutsche, a sound defense and speedy offense, including Lindsey Eaton and Peyton Smith — the goal scorers in the district final. Boone fell 2-0 to Winter Park in its district final, but held a five-game winning streak entering the match.

WHO: Plant (13-4-2) at Manatee (11-5-2)

OUTLOOK: Plant topped Countryside and Steinbrenner in the district tournament, only to fall 5-0 to Palm Harbor in the final — the team’s first loss since before Thanksgiving. The Panthers have seniors Nastasia Asgedom and Abby Sanchez leading their attack. Manatee topped St. Petersburg 5-0 in the district final to win its first title in 15 years, getting two goals each from Michaella Krebser and Sarah Wasser.

4A-Region 2

WHO: Sickles (10-5-1) at Winter Haven (17-2-2)

OUTLOOK: Sickles fell to undefeated Mitchell, 5-0, in the district final. The Gryphons are led by senior Stetson commitment Brianna Hamson, who scored twice in the win against Freedom in the district semifinals. Winter Haven went 12-0 in district play in the regular season, and the Blue Devils’ defense posted 14 shutouts this year, including its 2-0 district final win against Lakeland.

4A-Region 3

WHO: Seminole (20-3-1) at Plant City (18-2)

OUTLOOK: This is a rematch of last season’s region semifinal, where the Raiders topped Seminole 1-0 on a late goal. Senior Ericka Lott has 25 goals, including one in Plant City’s 2-1 district final win against East Bay. Stephanie Galloway added Plant City’s other goal in the final and has 13 goals and 17 assists. Seminole fell 1-0 to Osceola in the district final.

WHO: East Bay (8-6-2) at Seminole Osceola (13-2-2)

OUTLOOK: The Indians pushed Plant City in the district final before falling by one goal. East Bay has a quick attack led by senior captain Michelle Rodriguez and juniors Astrid Caal and Ashley Privette. East Bay played a tough schedule, with four of its losses coming to teams in region matches tonight. Osceola defeated Seminole by a lone Danielle Putnam goal, her third of the season. But the Warriors have a number of scoring threats, including junior Cassidy Reich (17 goals, 11 assists), senior Samantha Pifer (12 goals, nine assists) and freshman Leah Pecora (10 goals).

3A-Region 3

WHO: Tarpon Springs (6-8-1) at Robinson (13-5)

OUTLOOK: Robinson won the district crown for the third straight season, topping Bradenton Southeast 6-0, behind a deciding goal from senior Claire Rothschild and two more from senior Caroline King. The talented Robinson attack has also had big seasons from juniors Hayden Jennewein (14 goals) and Sam Ishee (12 goals, 16 assists). Tarpon Springs lost to Largo 1-0 in the district final.

2A-Region 3

WHO: Lakeland McKeel Academy (16-7-1) at Tampa Prep (10-8-1)

OUTLOOK: After falling to Holy Names in the regular season, Tampa Prep topped AHN 2-0 in winning the school’s ninth straight district title. Co-captain Abby Bravo scored the decider in the district final and helped lead a defense that held the Jaguars to six shots. Junior Darla Harrison leads the team in scoring this season with 10 goals. McKeel tied Lake Placid in the regular season, but lost a tough district final, 6-4.

WHO: Holy Names (15-2) at Lake Placid (13-4-3)

OUTLOOK: Holy Names had a breakout season, remaining undefeated through the first 11 matches. The Jaguars have a talented young team, highlighted by sophomore Julia Lester (15 goals), freshman Hannah Menendez (14 goals) and sophomore Gabrielle Tremonti (seven goals, 10 assists) and standout play from freshman goalkeeper Kendall Catone. Lake Placid defeated McKeel Academy in the district final as six different players scored goals. The Dragons are led by sophomore Mary Grace Bates (17 goals) and senior Stephanie Bennett (19 assists).

1A-Region 2

WHO: Calvary Christian (12-5) at Carrollwood Day (11-3-1), 3:30 p.m.

OUTLOOK: CDS won the first district title in school history, topping Cambridge Christian 2-0 in the district final. Senior Alex Schweitzer, the Patriots’ leading scorer, scored the deciding goal in the 57th minute on a free kick. The Patriots’ three losses this year were to teams in the region playoffs. Calvary Christian fell 4-0 to Shorecrest Prep in the district final, but the Warriors have two talented sophomores leading the attack in Libby Wissman (24 goals, 10 assists) and Hannah Brookover (18 goals, 12 assists).

WHO: Cambridge Christian (10-3-3) at Shorecrest Prep (13-4)

OUTLOOK: The Lancers fell to CDS in the district final, but they have gotten a tremendous year from senior University of Tampa signee Madison Cox, who has 23 goals. The Lancers face a big test in Shorecrest, which topped Cambridge 3-0 earlier this month. Shorecrest’s only losses this season were to Holy Names and Tampa Prep.

Jarrett Guthrie

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