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Boys soccer: Region quarterfinals preview

Goalie Derrick Miranda and East Bay are taking on a Mitchell squad that toppled a No. 1 seed in order to make the playoffs.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times

Goalie Derrick Miranda and East Bay are taking on a Mitchell squad that toppled a No. 1 seed in order to make the playoffs.

All games tonight at 7

Class 6A

East Bay (10-5-2) at Mitchell (14-12)

The Indians had won four of five before falling 1-0 to Durant in the 6A-8 district tournament final, and have four players with 15 or more points, including leading scorer Brandon Romero (nine goals). The Mustangs upset top-seeded St. Petersburg to reach the playoffs.

Gaither (9-9-2) at Durant (18-1)

Gaither had the upset bug in 6A-7 along with Mitchell. The Cowboys upset No. 2 Sickles to reach the playoffs. The Cougars last lost Jan. 13 to Freedom 3-2. Since then they have won five straight.

Class 5A

Wharton (15-7-3) at Land O'Lakes (21-2-2)

The Gators have not lost since Dec. 15, 1-0 to River Ridge. That said, Land O'Lakes has a habit of falling early in the playoffs, as it did with a 1-0 loss to Freedom in the region quarterfinal last season. Wildcats forward Jacob Cohen leads Wharton with 16 goals.

River Ridge (12-9-2) at Freedom (13-2-5)

The Patriots are making their sixth consecutive postseason appearance. They have outscored opponents 27-4 in their past seven games. The Royal Knights are making their second state tournament appearance in nine years.

Leto (13-9-1) at Palm Harbor University (19-4-4)

Leto has three players with 14 goals or more including Hugo Ramos with a team-leading 17. The Falcons began the season 7-0 and are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

East Lake (19-1-4) at Jesuit (23-1-1)

The Tigers have been virtually unstoppable but for a 3-1 loss to Wharton in a tournament in December. Since then, Jesuit has outscored opponents 33-4 to put together a nine-game winning streak.

Class 3A

Sarasota Cardinal Mooney (8-8-2) at Berkeley Prep (23-2-2)

Plenty of weapons on this Berkeley Prep team including T.J. Roehn and his 19 goals and 15 assists for a team-leading 53 points. The Buccaneers have outscored opponents 102-18. Cardinal Mooney returns to the playoffs after a one-year hiatus.

Tampa Catholic (11-7-4) at Bishop Verot (16-4-2)

The Crusaders were without several suspended players in the district final against Berkeley Prep. This marks Bishop Verot's 12th consecutive playoff berth. Tampa Catholic is back for the second year in a row.

Class 2A

Cambridge (9-11-5) at Bishop McLaughlin (11-8-1)

The Hurricanes are led by Matt Gulau, who scored eight goals and had 11 assists for 27 points. Cambridge freshman Matt Kazanski has 13 goals and four assists for 30 points.

Academy at the Lakes (6-4-2) at Tampa Prep (11-4-4)

The Terrapins are in search of their third consecutive state title after a 6-0 win against Cambridge.

Compiled by staff writer Izzy Gould

Boys soccer: Region quarterfinals preview 02/04/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 4, 2009 11:35pm]
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