PLANT CITY — Plant City is one match away from history.
A.J. Black scored a pair of goals as the Raiders defeated crosstown and district rival Durant 3-0 Friday night, moving within one match of completing a school-first undefeated season. Plant City wraps up the regular season Jan. 16 against Lennard.
"We definitely want to be the first team to (go undefeated)," Black said. "That's our first goal."
The win also locked up the top seed in the upcoming 5A-8 district tournament and helped erase the memory of a 5-0 drubbing by Durant in last year's tourney semifinal.
"These kids remembered that," first-year Plant City coach Stephen Rossiter said.
The match was even through the first 20 minutes, but Black got the only goal the Raiders (10-0-2) would need following the water break. After freeing himself with a nifty move just inside the Plant City attacking half, Black took a few touches and fired a low liner from about 25 yards out that banged in off the right post.
"This is a big rivalry," Black said. "I just wanted to get that one on target."
A nice give-and-go between Jorge Martinez and Black along the left flank set up his second goal in the 54th minute. Martinez was eventually fouled deep in the box and Black's left-footed penalty kick strike gave Plant City a 2-0 lead. Esgar Montelongo then capped the night with his team-leading 18th goal from inside the 8-yard box in the 63rd minute.