LUTZ — Blake Wilson scored twice, including the winner seven minutes into overtime, to power the Steinbrenner High boys soccer team past St. Petersburg 4-3 in a Class 5A-Region 2 quarterfinal. The Warriors are in the region semifinals for the third time in four years.
The Warriors (17-1-1), who won the program’s first district title the week before, trailed 3-1 late in the second half, but goals from Noah Keene in the 71st and 78th minutes tied it to set the stage for Wilson.
“We’re not a team that gives up, and that’s what I really admire about this group of kids,” said Wilson, who leads the team with 19 goals. “I can’t stress enough that Noah Keene was our most valuable player.”
Keene said doubt never crept into their minds despite trailing by two goals.
“It’s been such a fun ride with all the seniors, and none of us wanted it to be over,” Keene said.
5A-2: Newsome rolls past Timber Creek
LITHIA — Newsome held a decisive advantage in shots on goal, and it showed on the scoreboard in a 4-0 victory against Orlando Timber Creek in a Class 5A-Region 2 quarterfinal.
Austin Cobb scored the first goal on a free kick that sailed over a line of defenders and beyond the outstretched glove of Timber Creek’s goalie at the 37-minute mark. That was all the Wolves needed, but they didn’t let up.
“I thought the kids came out ready to play tonight,” said Newsome coach Allen Ware. “They started clicking in district and are keeping it going.”
Early in the second half, Jacob Chadwell had a pass down the left side into the corner. Eric Lint took the pass, spun around, dribbled to the middle and scored to make it 2-0.
Jake VanDerLuit got into the act when Cobb went down the right side, turned left and kicked the ball high toward the net. As VanDerLuit saw the play setting up, he broke toward the net from the middle of the field, timed his jump perfectly, striking the ball with his head and redirecting the ball into the net for a 3-0 score seven minutes into the second half.
Nine minutes later, VanDerLuit took a corner pass from Lint and headed it into the net.
5A-2: Durant’s season ends in loss to Orlando Freedom
ORLANDO — Durant’s season came to an end with a 3-0 loss to Orlando Freedom in a Class 5A-Region 2 quarterfinal.
The Cougars finished the season 7-6-2, while Freedom improved to 17-1-1.
2A-3: Berkeley Prep advances with 4-1 victory
TAMPA — If there was a case for not taking a team’s record for granted, it was Thursday’s Class 2A-Region 3 boys soccer quarterfinal.
That’s where Lake Placid came in with a 15-2-2 record to play at Berkeley Prep, which owned a 7-10-5 mark.
By game’s end, it was Berkeley Prep that had sealed a 4-1 victory and a great deal of respect from Lake Placid.
“We knew that (Berkeley’s record) did not tell the true story,” Lake Placid coach James Ashley said. “They play an extremely tough schedule, and we knew they were tough.”
Berkeley proved it was for real within the first minute when Quinton Kauchick sent a corner kick into Liam Ryan, who rifled in the game’s first goal from close range.
“If that goal doesn’t happen, it might have been a totally different game,” Ashley said. “We played pretty good through the rest of the half, but we were trailing 1-0.”
When Berkeley’s Kyle Dagostino headed in a goal off a perfect cross in the 54th minute and Berkeley went up 2-0, the Bucs seemed to shift into another gear, peppering Lake Placid’s goal with shots the rest of the game.
“I think things are starting to click for us,” Berkeley coach Tim Cooper said. “That’s kind of the idea of playing that tough schedule (and possibly sacrificing victories). It gets you ready for this part of the season.”
1A-2: Carrollwood Day wins in overtime
TAMPA — As time ran out in regulation, Carrollwood Day captain John Frost was on the sideline getting treatment on his injured thigh.
Anything, he said, to get back into the game for overtime. It was worth the wait. Frost drilled a liner from 25 yards out to lead the Patriots past Indian Rocks Christian 3-2 in the Class 1A-Region 2 quarterfinals.
Frost’s goal provided the Patriots with their only lead of the cold, muddy afternoon.
“I saw it come open and went for it,’’ Frost said. “I knew if we could just take it to extra time I could get back in. It was a great play.’’
It was a historic win for the Patriots, who had never scored a goal in a region game. They started slow, trailing 1-0, and 2-1, before tying it late in regulation.
CDS coach Jim Harte said the Patriots have rarely had to come from behind all season.
“We aren’t used to it, but we hung tough,’’ Harte said. “This team decided at the start of the year that it could go all the way, and I know we can.’’
IRC pushed the pressure for most of the first half and the early part of the second, but CDS goaltender Corey Shamley was helped by the back line of Mike Morse, Mihir Prasad, Deniel Melingo, and Shilpen Patel to keep the game close.
IRC started with an early goal by Carlos Rodriguez, but CDS closed out the first half with a late score from Austin Ham.
After the break, IRC went ahead again with a score from Bailey Callahan, but with less than eight minutes remaining, the Patriots tied it on a score by Miguel Ridruejo to set the scene for Frost’s winner.
1A-2: Bishop McLaughlin blanked by Shorecrest
ST. PETERSBURG — With several players either playing in the Olympic Development program or being considered for it, Shorecrest entered the region playoffs with a realistic goal of winning the Class 1A state title.
The Chargers began that quest by routing Bishop McLaughlin 8-0 in a Class 1A-Region 2 quarterfinal.
“It’s all about taking one game at a time, but we believe we have the talent to win the state championship,” said Chris Lovesky, who scored the first two goals of the game.
Ranked No. 7 in Class 1A in the MaxPreps rankings, the Chargers (21-2-1) will take their 11-game winning streak on the road Tuesday to face Carrollwood Day, a team they beat by one goal twice this season.
Lovesky sapped all the drama out of Thursday’s match against the Hurricanes (15-3-2) when he put in a rebound two minutes into the game and then scored less than two minutes later. Robert Zolper scored off a corner kick moments later and Lovesky assisted on Luke Peterson’s goal just before the mid-way point of the first half.
Shorecrest coach Milen Gaganelov went to his bench during the second half, which ended early because of the mercy rule.