Girls region soccer quarterfinals
5A, East Lake 2, Newsome 1: Sophomore Indie St. George, suffering from migraines earlier in the day, nailed a left-footed shot from the left corner of the box to the opposite post in the 77th minute, lifting the Eagles (17-2-3). Megan Kelly had tied the score midway through the second half on a PK. Newsome took a lead five minutes in on Jackie Simpson’s header off a corner kick.
4A, Plant City 3, Tarpon Springs 0: Raiders team captain Ashley Copen’s hat trick propelled the Raiders (12-4-1) to the first playoff triumph in program history.
4A, Steinbrenner 8, Bartow 0: Seniors Cici Gonzalez and Taylor Valley scored four and two goals, respectively, and juniors Alexis Bredeau and Samantha Kay added one each in a rout stopped with two minutes remaining in the first half via the state’s mercy rule.
4A, Seminole 1, East Bay 0: The Warhawks won on Alexandra Glunt’s goal in the second half of a tight defensive struggle. In the first half, Seminole’s leading scorer, Gina Hayduke, went down with a knee injury. Her status for Friday’s region semifinal against Plant City is unknown.
4A, Lakeland George Jenkins 4, Freedom 0: After taking a 2-0 lead, George Jenkins was awarded its first of two penalty kicks in the closing minutes of the first half. The Eagles converted, taking a 3-0 lead at the break. “It’s hard to come back from 3-0, and PKs are mentally tough,” Freedom coach Jenna Ball said.
3A, Robinson 2, Palmetto 0: Knights siblings Charlotte and Clair Rothschild each scored first-half goals to give the Knights the first postseason triumph in program history. Charlotte opened scoring in the 31st minute when her free kick in the corner of the 18-yard box sailed inside the far post. Clair added a blast from 40 yards just before halftime.
3A, Osceola 8, King 0: The Warriors dominated District 9 runnerup King in a game that ended four minutes early due to the mercy rule. Osceola (16-4) outshot the Lions 38-0.
A, Tampa Prep 4, Shorecrest 1: Abby Bravo, Alexa Steele-Weintraub, Colby Maffei and Alyssa Bryant all scored for the Terrapins (17-1-4), who earned a region semifinals berth for the seventh consecutive season. Steele-Weintraub, Emmarose Glaser, Bishop Weaver and Evvie Walker provided the assists.
HomeTeam Hot Shots
Standout performances from Tuesday night
Tre Leonard, Robinson: The 6-foot-4 Knights captain collected 33 points and 21 rebounds — career highs in both — in a 77-59 victory at Alonso.
Ashley Copen, Plant City: The Raiders captain delivered a hat trick in 3-0 playoff win against Tarpon Springs
Justin Gray, Berkeley Prep: The 6-foot-4 sophomore scored 29 in a 70-59 district win at Sarasota Booker
Dan Harris, Sickles: The last two of the junior’s 19 points came off a jumper from just inside the left elbow with two seconds remaining, lifting the Gryphons (18-4) to a 54-53 victory against Chamberlain
Kieffer Jordan, Plant: The 6-10 senior had seven blocks in a 66-50 win against Riverview, giving him 103 for his career.
Bailey Hooker, Steinbrenner: The rangy junior scored 18 in a 59-36 win against Wharton’s girls
Jamal Evans, Riverview: The 6-7 senior scored 29 — including five 3-pointers — in a 66-50 loss at Plant
By the numbers
3 The Jenkins girls' national ranking in the latest ESPN Powerade Fab 50
4 Academy of the Holy Names girls who scored in double figures in a 56-46 win against Academy at the Lakes. Sarah Davis' 14 led the way
6 Goals in the last six matches for Robinson senior Charlotte Rothschild, who had a hat trick in the district semifinals
8 Consecutive wins for the Plant and Sickles boys basketball teams. Both streaks date to December
Did you know?
Robinson siblings Charlotte and Clair Rothschild, who each scored a goal in the Knights' 2-0 triumph Tuesday against Palmetto, are the daughters of New York Yankees pitching coach (and former Devil Rays manager) Larry Rothschild. Charlotte is a senior; Clair a sophomore
"We started the season off rocky, but we grew as a team, and even tonight we still played well. We got better and better as the year went on, and that's all I could ask." Freedom coach Jenna Ball, following her team's loss to Jenkins
"I told the girls in the locker room, we won the last 26 minutes, but, unfortunately, we have to keep that first six minutes in it." Plant coach Carrie Mahon on her team's 47-39 loss to Riverview. The Panthers did, in fact, outscore the Sharks 34-30 once they switched to a 2-3 zone defense
"Unfortunately, we weren't able to play everyone we wanted." Steinbrenner coach Robert Woodard on the only thing that didn't go the Warriors' way in their mercy rule-shortened match against Bartow
Compiled by staff writers Joey Knight, Laura Keeley, and Bob Putnam.
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