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Girls soccer: Lott, Plant City get past East Bay

LITHIA - Plant City High's Ericka Lott said that when this season started, the team was aware of the Raiders' struggles historically in girls soccer. All season, the freshman forward and her team have been trying to change the culture at the school. "I knew coming into Plant City we weren't always the best team," Lott said. "I knew we had to put in the effort to change things." In the 52nd minute of the Raiders' Class 5A-District 8 semifinal match, Lott did her part after a corner kick into the box was deflected her way. She sent a volley into the net for the eventual decider as Plant City defeated East Bay, 2-0. Lott and her team's goal to change things has led to only the second winning season in school history, and the semifinal win earns the Raiders its first trip to the region tournament.
"You have a few upperclassmen who have never reached this level and a lot of underclassmen who don't even know what this level is," Raiders coach Justin Throneburg said. Stephanie Galloway added to the Raiders' lead, scoring her 20th goal of the season in the 70th minute. Waiting for the Raiders in the district final Friday at 7 p.m. is undefeated and tournament host Newsome, which earned its 20th win of the season by defeating Riverview 8-0. The Wolves got two goals apiece from Karina Gutsche, Emily Jones and Taylor Decaire.
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