TRINITY — The brutal efficiency of Mitchell's attack might only be matched by the one team not on its schedule.
Thanks to a 5-1 win Thursday over Wiregrass Ranch in a Class 4A region semifinal, that team has been penciled in.
Land O'Lakes' 3-0 win against Wesley Chapel helped solidify the one match most North Suncoast soccer aficionados had hoped to see: Land O'Lakes at Mitchell, Tuesday at 7.
"Now I can say it, it's what we've expected from the beginning of the season," Mitchell coach Oscar Ubillus said. "It's the biggest game of the year by far …the unofficial Pasco County championship and the right to go to a regional final."
Mitchell (22-2-3) solidified its advancement with relentless offense highlighted by five consecutive goals to put away the Bulls (18-5-2). Alex Wegener had the winner in the 15th minute thanks to a smooth pass from Jason Leslie for a 1-0 lead. Mitchell then got goals from Robert Coleman, Leslie, David Vasquez and Sean Maser. Leslie also finished with two assists.
Wiregrass Ranch was overwhelmed for the second straight match, having lost 4-0 to Land O'Lakes in its district final. Bulls midfielder Joey Miller finally broke through for Wiregrass to make it 5-1 midway through the second half.
Bulls coach David Wilson said Land O'Lakes boasts speed while Mitchell will have the home field.
"I'm going to come to the game because it's going to be a hell of a game," Wilson said. "…I think it's a coin toss."
The matchup has significance to both teams, but this might be Mitchell's best shot at a region final for a few years. The Mustangs have 17 seniors — 10 who start. And those seniors have never beaten Land O'Lakes.
"This is our last chance," Mitchell defender Chris McVeigh said. "We've been talking, I know I want that state ring. …This is the only goal we have right now. …A shot at them, it's big."
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