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King, Brandon move on to final

The Lions defeat Chamberlain 4-2 in one Class 3A, District 9 semifinal. The Eagles win a wild one over Hillsborough, 6-4.

After winning semifinal matches Thursday night, King and Brandon face off tonight at 7 p.m. for the Class 3A, District 9 championship.

Both qualified for next week's regional quarterfinals.

King struggled into a second overtime before eliminating a surprisingly feisty Chamberlain 4-2.

The Lions trailed 2-1 until the 79th minute, when Brandon Cron kicked in the tying goal from near the left corner of the box.

The Eagles played sporadically and seemed to play a counter match with Hillsborough, responding to play by the Terriers rather than initiating the action.

However, Brandon came through with a 6-4 victory.

"I felt like we would get through this one fairly easy, but that certainly wasn't the case," King coach David Outlaw said. "When they were protecting their one-goal lead for most of the second half, I never saw a team play with such intensity on defense as they did.

"Then when we got the first goal in the second overtime, taking the lead, everything seemed to go back to normal. They were trying to score and we were able to play our game."

King captain Mehran Mostafavifar came up from the back to score the Lions' first goal. Chamberlain forward Keelan Cottle equalized for the Chiefs.

Chamberlain midfielder Matt Farrel scored early in the second half to give the Chiefs a lead they successfully defended until less than one minute remained in regulation time.

Hillsborough scored against the Eagles early in the first 10 minutes of the match after keeping Brandon on its heels early.

Then Brandon responded with four unanswered goals but gave up a penalty kick goal before the half.

In the second half, the Eagles scored in the first three minutes for a 5-2 lead, then tried to slow the flow of the match.

But the Terriers weren't finished.

They added another penalty kick score plus a long header by Geoff Ball to close to within 5-4, before Josh Wand scored his third goal of the night off an assist from Rusty Roush.

Roush seemed to be where the ball was when the Eagles were on the attack. He didn't score but he recorded five assists.

"We played sporadically tonight, but Hillsborough came to play," Brandon coach Allen Ware said. "Those PK's really made me nervous. We had given up only one PK all season until tonight and we get two.

"But the team responded when it needed too. This is one game we just had to win."

3A-8: Raiders lose final

Lakeland Jenkins used a Mat Magdanz penalty kick and a second-half insurance goal by Derek Markham to defeat Plant City 2-0.

The Eagles improved to 22-4-4 and will host the District 7 runner-up on Thursday. Plant City (8-5-5) travels to the District 7 champion the same day.

Magdanz' penalty kick came with less than a minute remaining in the first half. Plant City tackles Jenkins' all-time scoring leader, Scott Hoch (78 career goals), inside the 18-yard box. Markham's goal came from short range in the 55th minute, on an assist from Hoch. _ SPECIAL TO THE TIMES