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Boys soccer: The week in review

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Tuesday

Scoreboard

Tampa Prep 5, Seffner Christian 0

River Ridge 8, Gulf 1

Shorecrest 1, Berkeley Prep 0

Plant 5, Wharton 1

Mitchell 6, Clearwater Central Catholic 1

Seven Rivers Christian 4, Admiral Farragut 1

Sunlake 2, Land O’ Lakes 1

Weeki Wachee 6, Springstead 2

Nature Coast 0, Citrus 0

Leto 2, Wiregrass Ranch 1

Osceola 8, Pinellas Park 0

Lakewood 3, Northeast 1

Calvary Christian 3, Seminole 0

Prime time performers

MF/D John Elwyn, Jr., Shorecrest: Scored the lone goal of the match off an assist from Braeden Wright to beat Berkeley Prep. 

F/MF Garret Engh, Sr., River Ridge: Had two goals and two assists in a win over Gulf.

MF/F Jon Franck, Sr., Seminole: Finished with two goals in a win over Seminole.   

MF David Garcia, Sr., Leto: Led the Falcons in scoring with two goals in a win over Wiregrass Ranch. 

F/MF Asher Jones, Fr., Tampa Prep: Scored two goals in a win over Seffner Christian. 

MF Hayden Judge, Jr., Plant: Finished with two goals in a win over Wharton. 

MF Mick Stauffer, Jr., Sunlake: Scored once in the Seahawks’ win over rival Land O’ Lakes. 

F Ethan Sternberg, Sr., Sunlake: Scored one of the Seahawks’ two goals in a win over rival Land O’ Lakes. 

D Gavin Swartzwelder, Jr., Lakewood: Had three goals in a win over Northeast. 

F Seth Tarbox, Sr., Weeki Wachee: Finished with four goals and an assist in a win over Springstead. 

F/MF Jayden Walsh, Sr., Osceola: Recorded two goals and had two assists in a Pinellas Park. 

Wednesday

Scoreboard

Riverview 4, Sumner 0

Tampa Catholic 3, Wesley Chapel 1

Osceola 8, Gibbs 0

Bishop McLaughlin 6, Zephyrhills 3

Fivay 5, Anclote 0

Sunlake 2, Pasco 1

Leto 2, Robinson 1

Countryside 3, Largo 2

Plant City 8, Brandon 0

Bloomingdale 8, Spoto 0

Newsome 1, Durant 0

Strawberry Crest 2, King 2

St. Petersburg 1, Clearwater Central Catholic 0

Palm Harbor University 2, East Lake 1

Lennard 6, East Lake 1

Hillsborough 6, Tampa Bay Tech 2

Steinbrenner 3, Gaither 1

Wharton 1, Freedom 1

Clearwater 6, Pinellas Park 0

Sickles 3, Jefferson 2

Prime time performers

F/MF Wyatt Delgado, So., Osceola: Had two goals in a win over Gibbs. F Luis Malagon, Sr., Leto: Led the Falcons in scoring with two goals in a win over Robinson. 

F Jaime Herrera, Jr., Lennard: Finished with two goals and two assists in a win over East Bay. 

F/MF Mohammed Hijaz, Sr., Newsome: Scored the lone of the match to beat Durant. 

F/MF Cade McMillen, Sr., Bloomingdale: Had three goals in a win over Spoto. 

F Feliks Muka, Sr., Palm Harbor University: Scored a goal and had an assist in a win over East Lake. 

F/MF Jared Nowak, Jr., Fivay: Finished with two goals and an assist in a win over Anclote. 

F/MF Owen Noyes, Sr., St. Petersburg: Had the lone goal of the match to beat Clearwater Central Catholic. 

F/MF Justin Nunag, Sr., Bishop McLaughlin: Scored two goals in a win over Zephyrhills. 

F/MF Ruben Ortega, Sr., Strawberry Crest: Finished with two goals in a tie with King. 

F David Ruiz, Sr., Plant City: Led the Raiders with four goals and an assist in a win over Brandon. 

F/MF Fernando Vargas-Reyes, Sr., Clearwater: Recorded three goals in a win over Pinellas Park. 

Thursday

Scoreboard

Jesuit 2, Tampa Prep 2 (Tigers win on PKs)

Tampa Catholic 4, Naples Gulf Coast 0

Plant 4, King 0

Lakeside Christian 5, Pepin Academy 1

Seffner Christian 8, Academy at the Lakes 0

Mitchell 2, Mariner 0

Crystal River 9, Central 1

Wiregrass Ranch 2, South Sumter 1

Calvary Christian 2, Shorecrest 0

Keswick Christian 7, Hollins 2

Sickles 3, Wesley Chapel 0

Prime time performers

F/MF Graham Hughes, Sr., Calvary Christian: Scored a goal and had an assist in a win over Shorecrest. 

F/MF Cade McMillen, Sr., Bloomingdale: Led the Bulls in scoring with three goals in a win over previously undefeated Plant City. 

F/MF Dominic Phanco, Jr., Mitchell: Had a goal and an assist in a win over Cape Coral Mariner. 

F Caleb Rogers, Sr., Keswick Christian: Finished with three goals and three assists in a win over Hollins. 

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

Friday

Tampa Bay Invitational

Wesley Chapel 6, River Ridge 2

Mitchell 1, Jesuit 1 (Mitchell wins in PKs)

Gaither 2, Sickles 2 (Sickles wins in PKs)

Plant 1, Belen Jesuit 0

Tampa Catholic 1, Palmetto 0

Cape Coral Mariner 4, Tampa Prep 3

Other matches

Bishop McLaughlin  2, Bell Creek Academy 0

Seffner Christian 5, St. Petersburg 0

Admiral Farragut 2, Hampden DuBose Academy 0

Crystal River 7, Hernando 1

Seminole 2, Dunedin 0

Alonso 1, Middleton 1

Robinson 1, Sumner 0

Carrollwood Day 1, Orangewood Christian 0

Zephyrhills 8, Hudson 0

Nature Coast 2, Weeki Wachee 1

Indian Rocks Christian 1, Boca Ciega 0

Fivay 4, Countryside 2

Palm Harbor University 1, Clearwater 1

Newsome 2, Riverview 1

Strawberry Crest 2, Durant 1

Jefferson 4, Hillsborough 2

Largo 3, Tarpon Springs 0

Osceola 7, Northeast 0

Lakewood 4, St. Petersburg 2

Armwood 3, Brandon 1

Steinbrenner 5, Freedom 1

Prime time performers

F/MF Johnathan Bohm, Sr., Fivay: Had three goals and an assist in a win over Countryside. 

F/MF Riah Brewer, Jr., Carrollwood Day: Recorded the Patriots’ lone goal in a win over Orangewood Christian. 

D Thomas DiFrank, Jr., Nature Coast: Finished with one of the Sharks’ two goals in a win over Weeki Wachee.

D Jack Guston, Jr., Seminole: Had both the Warhaws’ goals in a win over Dunedin. 

F/MF Sebastian Hallenbeck, Sr., Steinbrenner: Scored two goals in a win over Freedom. 

F/MF George Obregon, Jr., Wesley Chapel: Assisted on four goal, including two to Matthew Rivera, in a win over River Ridge. 

F/MF Ruben Ortega, Sr., Strawberry Crest: Scored both of the Chargers’ goals in a win over Durant. 

MF/F Jaxson Rivera, Jr., Zephyrhills: Led the Bulldogs with five goals in a win over Hudson. 

F Sean Siwek, Sr., Tampa Catholic: Assisted on the Crusaders’ lone goal to beat Palmetto. 

F/MF Jayden Walsh, Sr., Osceola: Had two goals and two assists in a win over Northeast. 

Saturday

Tampa Bay Invitational

St. Ignatius Division

Fifth place match: Belen Jesuit 4, Gaither 0

Third place match: Wesley Chapel 2, King 2

Championship match: Plant 2, Sickles 0

Showcase Division

Seventh place match: Tampa Prep 3, Lakewood Ranch 0

Fifth place match: Palmetto 3, Jesuit 0

Third place match: Cape Coral Mariner 1, Naples Gulf Coast 1

Championship match: Mitchell 1, Tampa Catholic 0

Other matches

Wiregrass Ranch 1, Calvary Christian 0

Clearwater 2, Clearwater Central Catholic 1

Prime time performers

MF/F Tyler Armstrong, Jr., Wiregrass Ranch: Had the lone goal of the match off an assist from Andrew Knorowski to beat Calvary Christian. 

F/MF Dominic Phanco, Jr., Mitchell: Scored the lone goal of the match off an assist from AJ Misemer to beat Tampa Catholic in the final of the Tampa Bay Invitational. 

D/MF Tristan Ruiz de Somocurcio, Jr., Tampa Prep: Finished with two goals in a win over Lakewood Ranch. 

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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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