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Plant City tops King, continues impressive run

GIBSONTON — The Plant City High girls soccer team continued to roll in its Class 4A-District 9 semifinal match, topping King 4-0 on Monday behind a pair of Ericka Lott goals.

Lott, waiting in front of the keeper’s box, took a pass from Hannah Singletary and scored the only goal Plant City would need in the 14th minute.

The Raiders’ leading scorer added another goal — her 24th of the season — 10 minutes later, when she took a pass from Drew Knotts, dribbled through defenders and added to the lead.

The Raiders extended the lead before halftime on a King own-goal and got an Emma Mitchell goal in the second half.

Raiders coach Caleb Roberts said his team played well even with the early 4 p.m. start.

“It’s tough to get in a groove and up for a game this early after a school day,” Roberts said. “Four o’clock, they’ve just been out of school for like an hour, it’s tough to get mentally prepared for a game, but I thought we played well.”

Plant City (17-2) was dominant in the match, but the solid play of King sophomore keeper Clarise McCollough (15 saves) kept it close.

“Fifteen good saves,” Roberts said. “She was the best player on the field today. She saved almost everything we struck today, she was solid out there.”

The Raiders will face the winner of today’s East Bay-Hillsborough match in the district final.

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