Thursday, September 20, 2018
Prep Sports Report

Girls soccer: region semifinal capsules

All games at 7 p.m. Friday

Class 5A

Newsome (20-0) at Lake Nona (16-3)

The buzz: The Wolves take to the road for the second round. Not sure it matters where they play this season. Newsome hasn't allowed a goal in 14 games. Junior forward Sophie Shrader has scored 48 goals as she continues to add to her school record. But the whole team has club-level players. One of Lake Nona's losses was to Timber Creek, which Newsome just beat 5-0 on Tuesday. If the Wolves win, they will host either Wharton or Palm Harbor University on Tuesday.

RELATED: Newsome easily advances to second round

Wharton (15-3-1) at Palm Harbor U. (18-1-2)

The buzz: This will be the third game between these teams this season. Wharton lost the first one 3-0 and the district final 2-1 after going up 1-0. Clearly, the Wildcats are getting closer. And as long as goalkeeper Caroline Delisle is in the net they have a chance. Wharton has four players who have scored double-digit goals, led by Alisha Deschenes' 16 goals. Alivia Gonzalez and Mary Raymond are players to watch for PHU.

RELATED: One goal's enough for PHU

Class 4A

Countryside (15-1-2) at Bloomingdale (10-5-1)

The buzz: The Bulls defeated Seminole handily in the region quarterfinal, which was an impressive win because the Warhawks were playing well entering the game. Annaleise Sip scored three times, so she is a player to watch. Countryside had no trouble in a 7-0 win over King to start the regional tournament. Chloey Conte had four goals and has been a scoring threat all season.

RELATED: Bloomingdale cruises after sluggish start

RELATED: Countryside finds scoring groove in second half

Mitchell (18-2) at Bartow (15-4-1)

The buzz: Bartow has played a tough schedule and is coming off a 2-0 region quarterfinal win over Sickles. But the Mustangs are certainly talented enough to go on the road and win. They had no trouble in a 4-0 win over Auburndale to start the regional tournament. Mitchell has scored 94 goals so far, led by 20 goals from sophomore Eva Pitkoff. Senior Delanie Guerra has 10 assists.

Class 3A

Osceola (18-4-1) at Largo (20-0-3)

The buzz: Here they go again. This will be the fourth meeting this season, and Largo has won all three. It may be difficult to beat a team four times in one season. It took overtime when the teams met in the district final. Largo did not get a challenge from Blake in the region quarterfinal, an 11-0 win. So the Packers should at least be rested. Osceola's Rachel Dirks, who signed with Barry University on Wednesday, has 37 goals and 15 assists. Largo certainly knows all about her.

RELATED: Staunch D remains Osceola's calling card

River Ridge (16-5-1) at Land O'Lakes (22-2)

The buzz: Another rematch between teams in the same district. The Gators have won the previous two games and did it handily. It will be a tough task for the Knights to knock off the talented Gators. Land O'Lakes senior Sydny Nasello has 44 goals and is an elite level player. River Ridge knows that, but stopping her is another thing. LOL senior Morghan Craven leads the team with 17 assists.

RELATED: Goalie play lifts River Ridge

RELATED: Land O'Lakes prevails in second half of quick strikes

Class 2A

Academy of the Holy Names (14-5) at Lakeland McKeel Academy (19-6-3)

The buzz: McKeel was a third seed in its district tournament, so they are playing well at the right time. Four players have 19 or more goals, led by Asha Zuniga with 22 goals. The Jaguars were a district runnerup to Berkeley Prep, which lost to McKeel on Tuesday. AHN doesn't score in droves, but it has done enough to win. Sophomore Caroline Lamoreux leads with 14 goals.

Class A

Indian Rocks Christian (7-10-2) at Shorecrest (7-10)

The buzz: Only one team in this district had a winning record, and that was Calvary Christian at 7-6-3. Indian Rocks upset Calvary in the district semifinal 1-0. It also survived a 2-1 double-overtime win over Carrollwood Day just to get to this round. Shorecrest has recorded three straight shutouts, including a 1-0 win over IRC in the district final. They have beaten the Eagles twice this season and haven't allowed a goal.