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Boys soccer region preview

Durant’s Cecil Clarke, front, brings his 21 goals and 14 assists into tonight’s matchup with Mitchell.

JOSEPH GARNETT JR. | Times (2007)

Durant’s Cecil Clarke, front, brings his 21 goals and 14 assists into tonight’s matchup with Mitchell.

All games at 7 tonight

Class 6A

Mitchell (14-12-1) at Durant (24-2)

The Cougars haven't allowed a goal in the postseason, outscoring opponents a combined 8-0. But defense has been Durant's forte all season. The Cougars haven't allowed more than two goals. Goalkeeper Connor Bass has a 1.37 goals-against average and 10 shutouts. Combine that with a pair of 20-goal scorers — Billy Fanning (25 goals, eight assists) and Cecil Clarke (21 goals, 14 assists) — and Durant will be tough to beat. Mitchell is unbeaten in its past seven games.

Class 5A

Palm Harbor University (20-4-4) at Jesuit (24-1-1)

The Tigers survived their region quarterfinal by beating East Lake in sudden death penalty kicks in a rare first-round game between nationally ranked teams. Jesuit's toughest foe might be its health; no fewer than five players missed practice last week and four players needed IVs against East Lake. The young Tigers still squeezed one out, but this time they need midfielder Keith Sierra to push the ball ahead instead of getting stuck on the defensive end as he was against the Eagles.

Land O'Lakes (22-2-2) at Freedom (14-2-5)

The Patriots are unbeaten in their past nine contests, a 1-1 tie with East Bay their only non-win. Freedom edged River Ridge 3-2 in two overtimes on a winning goal by Deion Jones (12 goals, 12 assists). Land O'Lakes, unbeaten in its past 13 games, averages 4.4 goals. Freedom will have to find an answer for Dominic Cutrofello, who has 36 goals (including six three-goal games and one four-goal game) and 21 assists, and playmaking midfielder Sebastian Garcia (41 assists).

Class 3A

Berkeley Prep (24-2-2) at Fort Myers Bishop Verot (17-4-2)

The Buccaneers, who average 3.96 goals, head into today's game riding the momentum of a 9-1 mercy-rule shortened win over Cardinal Mooney in the region quarterfinal. Berkeley leading scorer T.J. Roehn scored a hat trick and has 22 goals this season. J.D. Post (19 goals) and Eri Jacobs (16 goals) also add to Berkeley's scoring attack. Bishop Verot advanced with a penalty-kick win over Tampa Catholic.

Class 2A

Bishop McLaughlin (12-8-1) at Tampa Prep (11-4-4)

The Terrapins took another step toward defending their state championship by advancing with an easy 3-0 win over Academy at the Lakes in the region quarterfinal. Anthony Baumann leads the Terrapins with 13 goals and 14 assists for Tampa Prep, while Wes Sever has 10 goals and six assists. Tampa Prep is unbeaten at home (8-0-2). The Hurricanes have outscored opponents 12-1 in three playoff games.

Eduardo A. Encina, Times staff writer

Boys soccer region preview 02/09/09 [Last modified: Monday, February 9, 2009 11:01pm]
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