Games Thursday, 7 p.m.
Lakeland (10-10-1) at Mitchell (22-0)
NEED TO KNOW: The Mustangs will look to continue their dominance, not only with their undefeated season that included 15 shutouts by goalkeeper Erica Disbrow, but also outscoring opponents 127-5. Mitchell is talented and deep, led by freshman striker Sabrina Wagner and her 38 goals, but also has a stout defense and midfield led by UConn commit Danielle Gottwik and FAU commit Gina Davis. Junior Amanda Hayes is also a force that has added 13 goals while controlling more of the midfield this season. The Dreadnaughts fell short in their district title game to Winter Haven 2-0 and one of their top forwards, Mackenzie Hatch, reaggravated a hip injury in the district tourney. Lakeland scored just 52 goals this season.
Hudson (21-5-1) at Land O’ Lakes (23-1)
NEED TO KNOW: The Gators are rolling. Not only have they outscored opponents 143-13, the Gators haven’t allowed a goal in their last eight games — including three shutouts in the district tournament — outscoring opponents 39-0. Land O’ Lakes has six players with double-digit goals, with Victoria Cannata and Samantha Epifanio leading the way with 25 and 20 goals, respectively. Hudson fell to Brooksville Nature Coast in penalty kicks, but took a bigger blow in the district final when leading scorer Domonique Cirnigliaro, who has a county-high 56 goals, suffered an arm injury that will make her playing a game-time decision. Freshmen Cassidy Rux (16 goals) and Brittany Cirnigliaro (12 goals) will have to step up the elder Cirnigliaro’s absence.
Sunlake (16-4-1) at Brooksville Nature Coast (18-3-1)
NEED TO KNOW: The Seahawks have lost too many players to injury or early graduation, but hung out to make their second straight region tournament thanks to finding a new goal scorer in Kim Devoe (15 goals). Sunlake seems to play better as the game goes on, but is a very young team including freshman keeper Landon Carter. The Sharks are led by senior Hailey Lalande, keeper Samantha Oliveira and freshman Jayna Tyler.