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Girls Soccer Region Semifinals Preview

Games tonight, 7 p.m.

Class 5A-Region 2

WHO: Lakeland Jenkins (10-5-4) at Newsome (19-0)

OUTLOOK: The Wolves cruised to a 7-0 quarterfinal win against Orlando Boone behind a hat trick from junior Karli Gutsche, while Jenkins topped Winter Park 1-0 with a penalty kick conversion from Lauren Greene in the final minutes. This will be a rematch of the district championship, where the Wolves scored a pair of goals in the second half to top the Eagles, 2-1. Newsome also won the regular-season meeting by a 2-1 margin. The Eagles have a speedy attack led by Lauren and Madison Greene, a strong midfield anchored by Camille Knudstrup and a solid keeper in sophomore Haleigh Mercer.

Class 4A-Region 2

WHO: Mitchell (23-0) at Winter Haven (17-2-2)

OUTLOOK: The Mustangs are such a dominant force, they have outscored opponents 130-5 behind 39 goals from freshman Sabrina Wagner. Nova-commit Balea Schumacher has become another threat for Mitchell, while keeper Erica Disbrow has 17 shutouts that are helped by a defense led by UConn-commit Danielle Gottwik and FAU-commit Gina Davis. The Blue Devils are led by freshman Mackenzie Byrd and senior Laura Borders.

Class 3A-Region 2

WHO: Land O’ Lakes (24-1) at Brooksville Nature Coast (20-2-2)

OUTLOOK: The Gators face the Sharks, who were a 3A region finalist last season before losing to Mitchell. Land O’ Lakes has been the second-most dominant team in the area, outscoring opponents 145-13 behind leading-scorers Tori Cannata (26 goals), Samantha Epifanio (21), Brooke Silvest (19). Keeper Lauren Arrabito has 14 shutouts. The Sharks have tied the Hernando County record for most wins in a season, including winning 12 straight, and are led by Hailey Lalande, who had a Hernando-high 28 goals, and freshman forward Jayna Tyler.

Class 3A-Region 3

WHO: Largo (14-6-5) at Robinson (14-5)

OUTLOOK: The Knights are hoping to reach the region final for the first time. Robinson easily handled Tarpon Springs in the quarterfinals, 7-0, while the Packers made short work of Bradenton Southeast, winning 8-0. The teams’ stats are fairly even as both have high-powered offenses and solid defenses. Largo has big weapons in juniors Kyla Kreemer (26 goals, 10 assists) and Kennedy Flynn (19 goals, 18 assists) as both had multiple goals in the region quarterfinals. Robinson got its decider early against Tarpon Springs when junior Sam Ishee scored the first of her two goals. The Knights have a young team, but with a lot of strong leadership in senior Caroline King and Claire Rothschild, along with juniors Ishes, Hayden Jennewein and Kari Trautvetter.

Class 2A-Region 3

WHO: Holy Names (16-2) at Tampa Prep (11-8-1)

OUTLOOK: It would be hard not to look at this as a rubber match as Holy Names took the regular-season meeting and Tampa Prep won the district final. The Jaguars posted a fantastic record this season and got good numbers from youngsters like sophomore Julia Lester (16 goals), freshman Hannah Mendez (15 goals) and sophomore Gabrielle Tremonti (eight goals and 10 assists) – all three of whom scored in Holy Names’ 6-0 region quarterfinal win against Lake Placid. The Terrapins got a lift from senior Abby Bravo’s two goals in the quarterfinals to top Lakeland McKeel, 2-1. The Terrapins have gotten nice seasons from senior Alexandra Daley (nine goals) and junior Darla Harrison (11 goals and seven assists).

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