Lorena Gutierrez scored her first goal of the season with less than 15 minutes left Wednesday to lead the Plant City girls soccer team past Tarpon Springs 3-2 in the Class 4A-Region 3 quarterfinals.
Diana Corzine got around the Spongers defense and moved toward the goal when she sent a pass across the box to Gutierrez, who put it in the net for the winning score.
"I knew she would give us everything she had," Plant City coach Caleb Roberts said of Gutierrez. "It is nice to know that we're moving in the right direction. We have the same group of girls working together, and we are here for the second year in a row."
The Raiders (9-3-3) scored first when Kellee Brown knocked in a deflection 9 minutes into the game. Alyssa Young scored for Tarpon Springs to tie it at 1.
Christina Gutierrez gave Plant City a 2-1 lead on a shot from 35-yards out. Soleil Duplain evened the game 15 minutes later off a pass from Young.
4A-3: East Bay loses to Seminole 3-0
Seminole took little time to get the edge against East Bay in the Class 4A-Region 3 quarterfinals en route to a 3-0 victory. The Warhawks struck in the fourth minute and the Indians struggled to get through a tough defensive line.
"We played well, but it just didn't go our way," Indians coach Leroy Vohdin said. "We both had chances, and they just put theirs away."
The Indians were without leading scorer Kalynne Heyer, who tore her ACL and meniscus in the district final last week.
4A-2: Wiregrass rolls past Lakeland 4-0
It took Wiregrass Ranch a few minutes to know what to expect. After that, the Bulls knew they would dominate.
Wiregrass (20-2) easily handled Lakeland (16-5-2), beating the Dreadnaughts 4-0 in a Class 4A-Region 2 quarterfinal.
"We really didn't know much about Lakeland," first-year coach Eddy Costa said.
It was all Wiregrass from the start, with senior forward Berlin Waters scoring her first of two goals 2 minutes into the game.
Anne Marie Cypriano scored 3 minutes later on a 35-yard shot and Waters added her second goal — her team-leading 29th — at the start of the second half. A.J. Blount put away her 25th goal late in the game.
4A-2: Steinbrennerfalls to Jenkins
George Jenkins junior Lauren Greene helped finish off the Steinbrenner season, 5-2, with two goals and three assists in the Class 4A-Region 2 quarterfinals.
Greene and the Eagles started quickly, as she scored 1:13 into the game.
Steinbrenner answered quickly. On its first shot of the night, Jessica Taylor took a rebound and slipped it past goalie Hannah Hayes with 25:04 left in the first half.
Jenkins retook the lead after a throw-in by Greene found Jessie Scarpa in front of the net for a goal.
The Eagles extended that to 3-1 after Marissa Morgan hit Scarpa for a breakaway goal with 9:54 to play in the first.
Alexis Bredeau headed in a goal on a corner kick by Megan Haraschak to cut the deficit to 3-2 heading into the intermission.
Anna Chorinos made it 4-2 and put the game out of reach when she scored off a rebound.
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5A-2: Last-second goal helps stop Plant
Three more seconds.
That's all Plant needed to kill the clock and advance to the Class 5A-Region 2 semifinals. That was too much time, however, as Palm Harbor scored with time running out. The Hurricanes scored 5 minutes into the first overtime to defeat Plant 2-1.
"We had seven seniors, and maybe they were in a state of shock,'' Plant coach Pam Smith said. "Those last two minutes of regulation were the longest I've ever experienced. We held them, and then that goal at the last seconds, we thought we had them. We had a great season, but that was a tough way to end it.''
Palm Harbor coach John Planamenta said there was no rhyme or reason to the final seconds of regulation.
"We were down to the last seconds, and it was all about desperation,'' Planamenta said. "It was a free-for-all and we were throwing everything we had at them. It was crazy, but we never gave up.''
The Hurricanes (15-1) were stymied by Plant (14-2-1) goalkeeper Kara Looby until the last minute, when Alexis Mouton scored. Shelby Stacy scored on a rebound midway through overtime.
5A-2: East Lake blanks Newsome
Too much speed on the outside and a stingy Eagles defense proved to be too much for Newsome as East Lake shut out the Wolves 2-0 in a Class 5A-Region 2 quarterfinal.
East Lake midfielder Megan Kelly all but ended Newsome's season by herself with her first-half goal. Kristy Legoas saved a ball from going out of bounds and centered it to Kelly, who was alone at the top of the box.
Kelly rifled the ball into the goal for a 1-0 lead.
"Outside of Plant, we don't see a team like this," Newsome coach Kelly Townsend said. "My kids didn't stop fighting, right to the end. We could have done it, but we didn't."