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Boys soccer: Tuesday/Wednesday recap

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Tuesday

Scoreboard

Foundation Christian Academy 8, Zephyrhills Christian 0

Cambridge Christian 3, Bell Creek Academy 1

Brooks DeBartolo 10, Universal Academy 2

Plant City 3, Riverview 2

Strawberry Crest 6, Hillsborough 2

Bloomingdale 5, Durant 2

Freedom 4, Tampa Bay Tech 2

Lennard 5, Sumner 1

Wharton 7, Chamberlain 1

Newsome 5, Spoto 0

Middleton 1, King 0

Sickles 2, Gaither 1

Tampa Catholic 8, Tampa SLAM 0

Calvary Christian 1, Berkeley Prep 0

Tampa Prep 3, Clearwater Central Catholic 1

Fivay 2, Pasco 2

Boca Ciega 9, Gibbs 1

St. Petersburg Catholic 1, Indian Rocks Christian 1

Shorecrest 7, Sarasota Out-of-Door 1

Keswick Christian 4, Northside Christian 0

Seffner Christian 8, Sarasota Christian 0

Hollins 7, Pinellas Park 5

Prime time performers

F Javaun Barracks, Sr., Middleton: Had the lone goal of the match to beat King. 

F Jose Garcia-Calixtro, Sr., Lennard: Scored two goals in a win over Sumner. 

F/MF Stephen Gilbert, So., Newsome: Finished with two goals in a win over Spoto.

F/MF Braden Harris, Sr., Boca Ciega: Led the Pirates in scoring with two goals and an assist in a win over Gibbs. 

F/MF Graham Hughes, Sr., Calvary Christian: Had the lone goal of the match to beat Berkeley Prep. 

F Nico Leone, Sr., Tampa Catholic: Led the Crusaders in scoring with three goals and an assist in a win over Tampa SLAM.  

MF Tai Mai, Sr., Hollins: Finished with three goals and three assists in a win over Pinellas Park. 

F/MF Mohammed Hijaz, Sr., Newsome: Scored three goals in a win over Spoto. 

F Austin Moore, Sr., Hollins: Scored four goals in a win over Pinellas Park. 

F Brendan Norgaard, Fr., Wharton: Had four goals and two assists in a win over Chamberlain. 

F/MF Jared Nowak, Jr., Fivay: Scored two goals in a tie with Pasco. 

F Jack O’ Leary, Sr., Tampa Catholic: Scored two goals and had an assist in a win over Tampa SLAM. 

F Caleb Rogers, Sr., Keswick Christian: Scored two goals against Northside Christian, bringing his career total to 74, second-most in school history.  

F Tristan Ruiz de Somocurcio, Jr., Tampa Prep: Had two goals in a win over Clearwater Central Catholic. 

F JT Thomas, Jr., Shorecrest: Scored two goals in a win over Sarasota Out-of-Door. 

F Max Warburton, Jr., Shorecrest: Finished with two goals in a win over Sarasota Out-of-Door. 

Wednesday

Scoreboard

Winthrope College Prep 4, Pepin Academy 4

East Bay 6, Brandon 0

Leto 2, Plant 2

Robinson 6, Jefferson 1

Bishop McLaughlin 4, Hudson 0

Nature Coast 8, Hernando 1

Jesuit 2, Bloomingdale 0

Wiregrass Ranch 2, Seminole 1

Tampa Catholic 5, Newsome 1

Lakewood 4, Admiral Farragut 2

Countryside 3, Sunlake 3

Gulf 2, Clearwater 1

Weeki 3, Citrus 1

Crystal River 9, Springstead 1

Land O’ Lakes 5, Carrollwood Day 2

Largo 2, St. Petersburg 0

Osceola 6, Cypress Creek 4

East Lake 2, Steinbrenner 1

Prime time performers

F/MF Evan Araujo, Fr., Winthrop College Prep: Scored three goals in a win over Pepin Academy. 

F/MF Logan Culver, Jr., Winthrop College Prep: Scored three goals in a win over Pepin Academy.

D Thomas DiFrank, Jr., Nature Coast: Had three goals and three assists in a win over Hernando. 

F Riley Duebel, Jr., Osceola: Scored two goals in a win over Cypress Creek. 

GK Phillip Falcon III, So., Jesuit: Recorded four saves to preserve shutout in win over Bloomingdale.

F Connor Hutchinson, So., Land O’ Lakes: Scored two goals and had an assist in a win over Carrollwood Day. 

MF Drew Kelly, Sr., Nature Coast: Had three goals and two assists in a win over Hernando. 

F/MF Jack Miller, So., Bishop McLaughlin: Had two assists in a win over Hudson. 

F John Paul Pennella, So., Land O’ Lakes: Finished with two goals in a win over Carrollwood Day. 

MF Jacob Spengler, Sr., Tampa Catholic: Scored two goals in win over Newsome.

F Ethan Sterberg, Sr., Sunlake: Led the Seahawks in scoring with two goals in a tie with Countryside. 

D Gavin Swartzwelder, Jr., Lakewood: Finished with two goals in a win over Admiral Farragut. 

F/D Marcello Valbuena, Sr., Tampa Catholic: Scored two goals in a win over Newsome. 

F Jayden Walsh, Sr., Osceola: Led the Warriors in scoring with three goals in a win over Cypress Creek. 

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Marcello Valbuena named state boys soccer player of the year

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Tampa Catholic’s Marcello Valbuena, who led the Class 3A state champions in scoring, was named Mr. Soccer, the award given to the top boys player in the state by the Florida Dairy Farmers. 

Valbuena, named the 3A player of the year last week, received 12 of the 17 first place votes and had 134 points, 52 more than Fort Myers Canterbury’s McLaren Baggett, the 2A player of the year. 

This is the ninth time an area player has won the top overall honor in boys soccer. The last was Tampa Prep’s Shaddy Douidar in 2013. 

Valbuena, a senior forward, decided to play high school soccer for the first time this season after playing strictly at the club level. The University of Tampa signee finished with 36 goals and five assists. In the 3A state title match, Valbuena connected on two goals within an eight-minute span to give Tampa Catholic its first lead, one that would last the rest of the match to secure the Crusaders’ first state title in boys soccer. 

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Weeki Wachee’s Seth Tarbox named 4A player of the year

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Weeki Wachee’s Seth Tarbox, one of the area’s top playmakers, was named the Class 4A state player of the year in boys soccer by the Florida Dairy Farmers.

The senior forward teamed with Jacob Kelly to form a dynamic 1-2 punch for the Hornets. Kelly scored a team-high 33 goals, many of which were set up by Tarbox. 

Tarbox was adept at putting the ball through the net, too. The Warner signee finished with 25 goals and 25 assists to help Weeki Wachee advance to the region finals. 

The winners in each classification were selected through voting from a statewide panel of boys soccer coaches and media representatives. They are now eligible to be named the overall winner in the state, which will go through another round of voting and likely be announced next week.  

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Boys soccer: Jesuit unable to repeat as 5A state champions

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Winning a state title is difficult.

Repeating as a state champion is even more challenging. 

Graduation can take away key players. Complacency can take hold. Anything can happen. 

Jesuit’s boys soccer team knows. 

The Tigers, one of the area’s most storied programs, has won seven state titles, second locally behind Clearwater Central Catholic’s nine championships.  But only during a three-year stretch from 1997-99 was Jesuit to win those titles consecutively. 

That was the task the Tigers faced after taking home the 5A title last season. Jesuit said goodbye to 16 players who graduated, including Carson Bien, the 5A state player of the year. 

Losing that much talent off a roster would pose difficulties for any program. But Tigers always have reinforcements.

The newcomers filled in adequately. The holdovers took on bigger roles as leaders. The wins kept coming, so much Jesuit found itself in a familiar spot by making it back to Spec Martin Stadium in DeLand for Saturday’s 5A title match. 

But the Tigers could not hold on to a first half lead, falling in overtime to Belen Jesuit 2-1.

In the first half, Jesuit took the lead on a goal from Ty Cabbasa. Belen Jesuit answered early in the second half on a header from Aidan Miles to tie the match. 

It stayed that way through the end of regulation and one overtime period. 

In the second overtime, the Wolverines converted on a second-chance ball off a free kick to take the lead.

Jesuit tried to rally but could not get a shot to fall through the net that would have tied the match.

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