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Boys soccer: The week in review

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Monday

Scoreboard

Cambridge Christian 2, Academy at the Lakes 2

Canterbury 8, Lakeside Christian 0

Brooks DeBartolo 7, Bell Creek Academy 0

Foundation Christian Academy 3, Bayshore Christian 2

River Ridge 2, Fivay 1

Cypress Creek 4, Gulf 1

Northeast 3, Boca Ciega 1

Wiregrass Ranch 6, Pasco 0

Weeki Wachee 4, Crystal River 0

Plant City 1, Durant 0

East Lake 2, Tarpon Springs 0

Wesley Chapel 8, Zephyrhills 1

Bloomingdale 5, Lennard 1

Osceola 6, Largo 0

Lakewood 4, Pinellas Park 0

Prime time performers

MF/D Henry Brito, Jr., Plant City: Scored the lone goal of the match to beat Durant. 

MF/F Sayed Haddak, Jr., Northeast: Had a goal and an assist in a win over Boca Ciega. 

F/MF Jackson Jorski, So., Academy at the Lakes: Scored both of the Wildcats’ goals in a tie with Cambridge Christian. 

F Jacob Kelly, Sr., Weeki Wachee: Led the Hornets with three goals in a win over Crystal River. 

MF Shauri Mealing, Sr., Wesley Chapel: Recorded a team-high four goals and an assist in a win over Zephyrhills. 

F/MF Alec Santiago, Jr., Wiregrass Ranch: Finished with three goals in a win over Pasco. 

MF Josh Steele, Sr., Cypress Creek: Scored two goals in a win over Gulf. 

Tuesday

Scoreboard

Lakewood 4, Hollins 1

Nature Coast 2, Lecanto 0

Citrus 8, Central 0

Sunlake 10, Hudson 0

Newsome 4, East Bay 0

Sumner 2, Spoto 1

Dunedin 5, Gibbs 0

Clearwater 3, Countryside 1

Hillsborough 7, Chamberlain 1

Strawberry Crest 2, Tampa Bay Tech 0

Wharton 2, Middleton 0

Sickles 2, Robinson 0

Plant 2, Steinbrenner 1

Riverview 8, Brandon 0

Prime time performers

F/MF Joseph Adderley, Sr., Newsome: Scored two goals in a win over East Bay. 

F Ethan Sternberg, Sr., Sunlake: Led the Seahawks with four goals and two assists in a win over Hudson. 

Wednesday

Scoreboard

Pinellas Park 5, Gibbs 0

Lake Minneola 3, Weeki Wachee 1

Osceola 2, East Lake 2

Palm Harbor University 8, Tarpon Springs 0

Prime time performer

D Logan Koster, Sr., Palm Harbor University: Finished with three goals in a win over Tarpon Springs. 

Thursday

Scoreboard

Mitchell 5, Fivay 0

Palmetto 1, Wiregrass Ranch 0

Sunlake 6, South Sumter 1

Durant 1, Riverview 1

Robinson 3, Strawberry Crest 1

St. Petersburg 7, Pinellas Park 1

Lakewood 8, Tarpon Springs 0

Prime time performers

F Jornell Channer, Sr., St. Petersburg: Finished with two goals in a win over Pinellas Park. 

GK Justin Fisher, Sr., Mitchell: Made seven saves to help preserve a shutout win against Fivay. 

MF Alex Flores, Sr., St. Petersburg: Scored two goals in a win over Pinellas Park. 

MF Mick Stauffer, Sr., Sunlake: Had three goals and an assist in a win over South Sumter. 

D Gavin Swartzwelder, Jr., Lakewood: Led the Spartans with three goals in a win over Tarpon Springs. 

F/MF JT Thompson, Sr., Mitchell: Scored three goals in a win over Fivay. 

Friday

Scoreboard

Seven Rivers Christian 2, Universal Academy 0

Brooks DeBartolo 2, Wesley Chapel 0

Hudson 2, Central 1

Berkeley Prep 1, Clearwater Central Catholic 0

Zephyrhills 4, Hernando 1

Tampa Prep 3, Land O’ Lakes 0

Lemon Bay 1, Nature Coast 1

Sickles 1, Plant 0

Steinbrenner 4, Leto 1

Plant City 3, East Bay 1

Wharton 2, King 0

Blake 8, Gaither 0

Middleton 2, Tampa Bay Tech 0

Newsome 2, Lennard 0

Prime time performers

F Alex Nesbeth, Jr., Zephyrhills: Had a season-best two goals and two assists in a win over Hernando. 

F/MF Nate Ryan, Jr., Steinbrenner: Finished with three goals in a win over Leto.

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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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