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Soccer: Land O'Lakes captain Frank Villar suffers torn ACL

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Thu. January 21, 2010 | Izzy Gould | Email

Land O'Lakes senior Frank Villar is out for the season after he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and partial meniscus tear, Gators coach Mark Pearson confirmed Thursday.

Villar, a starting midfielder and captain, suffered the injury during the Wharton Invitational in a 1-0 win against Plant. No statistics were available for Villar.

"His loss is significant as he is a starter," Pearson wrote in an e-mail. "...He has surgery next week, he is out for the rest of our season and then some."

Land O'Lakes claimed the No. 1 seed in Class 4A, District 8 and will face the winner of Zephyrhills-Lecanto on Tuesday at 8 p.m.

igould@tampabay.com

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