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Boys Soccer Region Quarters

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All matches at 7 tonight

Class 5A-Region 2

WHO: Orlando Timber Creek (15-4-2) at Newsome (15-5-1)

OUTLOOK: Newsome was the top seed in its district tournament, but got stronger with the return of Jake Van Der Luit from an ankle injury. The junior scored five goals in two matches, helping the Wolves to the title. While Van Der Luit was out, Eric Lint and Austin Cobb set the pace, and now the three-way scoring attack is very formidable. Timber Creek fell to Orlando Freedom, 2-0, in its district final, but it was the team’s first loss in 10 matches.

WHO: Durant (7-5-2) at Orlando Freedom (16-1-1)

OUTLOOK: The Cougars surprised Riverview with a 3-1 district semifinal win and a region playoff berth. Javier Jimenez had a goal against Riverview and also had the Cougars’ lone goal in the 5-1 district final loss to Newsome. Freedom topped Timber Creek, 2-0, in the district final with a goal and an assist from sophomore midfielder Mario Bueso (21 goals).

Class 5A-Region 3

WHO: St. Petersburg (8-4) at Steinbrenner (16-1-1)

OUTLOOK: The Warriors played a man down for the final 10 minutes of regulation and in overtime, but won their district title when Brett Wilcosz found Blake Wilson on a pass and Wilson sent in the golden-goal decider. Steinbrenner, a Class 4A state runner-up last season, is ranked 15th in the nation by MaxPreps.com. St. Petersburg fell to Sarasota Riverview, 1-0, in its district final.

Class 4A-Region 3

WHO: Seminole (14-8-1) at Hillsborough (10-6-3)

OUTLOOK: The Terriers made it back-to-back district titles, topping King in the final behind two goals from sophomore Jake Kennard and three assists from junior Blake Rehl. Rehl leads Hillsborough scorers with 14 goals and seven assists. The Warhawks fell to Palmetto, 4-1, in the district final, but have a strong group of seniors, including Shane Butler (20 goals) and Liam Murphy (nine goals).

WHO: King (12-6-6) at Palmetto (20-2-1)

OUTLOOK: King struggled in its 4-1 district final loss to Hillsborough, but the Lions have a strong defense and a solid keeper in Noah Johnson. The Lions have 48 goals on the season, with senior Alan Hackney leading the way with 14. Palmetto is the 11th-ranked team in the state, according to MaxPreps.com, and the Tigers’ only losses this season came to Steinbrenner (No. 15 nationally) and Montverde Academy (national No. 1).

Class 3A-Region 3

WHO: Dunedin (4-10-2) at Jesuit (13-4-3)

OUTLOOK: Jesuit allowed only 17 goals this season and dominated play in its district. The Tigers topped Bradenton Southeast, 3-0, keyed by a Michael Conlon header. The Tigers were 7-1 at home this season behind strong play from seniors Conlon and Jacob Vila, along with junior Kurt Sierra and Jacob Starnes. Dunedin defeated Gibbs, 10-0, in the district semifinal before falling to Tarpon Springs, 4-1, in the final. The Falcons are led by senior Weston Wiggs with 13 goals.

Class 2A-Region 3

WHO: Lake Placid (15-2-2) at Berkeley Prep (7-10-5)

OUTLOOK: Berkeley Prep won its seventh straight district title by topping Clearwater Central Catholic, 1-0, on a Quinton Kauchick penalty kick in the first half. The Buccaneers’ regular season had rocky points, but Berkeley Prep carries a three-game win streak into today’s match. Lake Placid fell to Mulberry 5-3 in its district final — its second loss in three matches.

Class 1A-Region 2

WHO: Indian Rocks Christian (11-9-1) at Carrollwood Day (16-4-1)

OUTLOOK: CDS won its first boys soccer district title, defeating Bishop McLaughlin 4-0, and it allowed only 19 goals this season. Sophomore forward Miguel Ridruejo scored 29 goals to lead the Patriots, while Spencer Peek scored 10. Indian Rocks lost five of its final six matches and lost 3-1 to Shorecrest Prep in its district final. Riley Hammils led the Golden Eagles this season with 11 goals and nine assists.

Jarrett Guthrie

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