DOVER — Durant, a three seed coming in, qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2011, and top seed Newsome also won in Wednesday’s Class 5A, District 6 semifinals.
Durant defeated No. 2 Riverview 3-1, and Newsome cruised 7-1 over No. 5 seed and host Strawberry Crest.
Luis Bustamante put Durant (7-4-2) up 1-0 in the 37th minute, but Riverview (12-4-2) tied it a minute later on Reed Service’s goal. In the waning seconds of the half, Ivan Chavez scored on a 35-yard blast that went in off a Riverview defender.
In the second half, Durant goalkeeper Logan Whitney preserved the lead by getting his right hand on Marc Lozada’s rising shot from the top of the penalty box. Javier Jimenez finished the scoring by popping the ball over keeper Charlie Stephens as he broke in with Adrian Chavez.
“That last one was beautiful,” Durant coach Jorge Salmeron said. “No one expected Durant to do much this season, but we just kept playing. We were just playing the game.”
Newsome (14-5-1) wasted little time in determining the outcome of its game against Strawberry Crest (9-4-3). The Wolves built a 3-0 lead 10 minutes in on two goals by Jake Vander Luit and one by Eric Lint. Keeper Nick Kubecka saved a penalty kick by Vander Luit, who stuffed home the rebound. Lint and Vander Luit then scored on goals tucked inside the left post.
Lint scored again in the 22nd minute, then completed his hat trick with a penalty kick in the 45th minute. Austin Cobb added two goals for Newsome.
Strawberry Crest finally got on the board late in the second half when Jose Luna converted a corner kick from Collin Archer.