Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Plant City boys earn top seed, inch toward perfect season

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.

Plant City3

Plant City boys earn top seed, inch toward perfect season 01/08/10 [Last modified: Friday, January 8, 2010 11:20pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Vibe is good around Clearwater volleyball this season

    Volleyball Preps

    CLEARWATER — Katy Rice knows what a good volleyball team looks like, and the Clearwater coach believes she has a pretty good one this year. Rice was a left-side hitter on the only two teams to win a volleyball state championship at Clearwater, in 1997 and 2000.

    Clearwater High School girl's volleyball player Hailey Bosetti (OPP) plays the ball during team practice on Monday (8/14/17) at the school in Clearwater.
  2. Jameis Winston's subtle but strong moment of leadership displayed on 'Hard Knocks'


    Quarterback Jameis Winston went to each teammate in the locker room prior to the Bucs' preseason opener Friday at Cincinnati with one message: 'I got your back.'

    Then he proved it.

    Jameis Winston sarcastically tells offensive linemen James Stone and James Harrison he's glad glad they're having fun while quarterback Ryan Griffin is being attended to in the locker room by the Bucs medical staff. [HBO/NFL FILMS]
  3. Bucs Cannon Fodder podcast: Highlights — and fights — from Jacksonville


    Greg Auman is back home after two days of joint practices between the Bucs and Jaguars in Jacksonville. He recaps those practices — and fights — and talks about highlights from Tuesday's episode …

    Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Kenneth Walker, right, cannot snag a pass against Bucs cornerback Ryan Smith during a joint NFL football practice Monday in Jacksonville. [Will Dickey/Florida Times-Union]
  4. Who's No. 2: Florida State Seminoles or Ohio State Buckeyes?


    The toughest decision in my first stint as a voter for the AP Top 25 came at the top.

  5. Rays morning after: The real reasons behind Tuesday's win over Blue Jays


    Scoring six runs was the big news for the offensively challenged Rays in Tuesday's victory over the Blue Jays.

    Corey Dickerson (10) celebrates Tuesday's victory with Steven Souza Jr. (20) and Peter Bourjos (18).