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Boys soccer district tournament recap

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Feb. 1 

Class 6A, District 5 (quarterfinals)

Leto 3, East Lake 1

Sunlake 0, Gaither 0 (Sunlake wins in PKs)

Class 5A, District 7 (quarterfinals)

Lake Wales 6, Spoto 1

King 7, Brandon 1

Class 2A, District 4 (quarterfinals)

Mount Dora Christian 1, First Academy 1 (MDC wins in PKs)

Class 2A, District 7 (quarterfinal)

Cambridge Christian 2, Foundation Christian 0

Prime time performers

F Luis Malagon, Sr., Leto: Scored all three of the Falcons’ goals in a win over East Lake. 

D/MF Jacob Rodriguez, Jr., King: Scored two goals in a win over Brandon. 

Feb. 2 

Class 6A, District 6 (quarterfinals)

Largo 2, East Bay 0

St. Petersburg 6, Pinellas Park 0

Class 6A, District 11 (quarterfinals)

Tampa Bay Tech 1, Armwood 1 (TBT wins in PKs)

Class 5A, District 8 (quarterfinals)

Robinson 4, Jefferson 1

Sumner 2, Middleton 2 (Sumner wins in PKs)

Class 5A, District 9 (quarterfinal)

Countryside 5, Gulf 2

Class 5A, District 10 (quarterfinals)

Bradenton Southeast 1, Boca Ciega 0

Northeast 1, Hollins 0

Class 4A, District 5 (quarterfinal)

Crystal River 10, Dunnellon 0

Class 4A, District 6 (quarterfinals)

Zephyrhills 3, Hernando 1

Wesley Chapel 9, Central 0

Class 4A, District 7 (quarterfinals)

Hudson 2, Gibbs 1

Dunedin 2, Anclote 1

Class 2A, District 9 (semifinals)

Shorecrest 10, Northside Christian 0

Keswick Christian 3, Indian Rocks Christian 0

Prime time performers

MF/F Omar Chafchouni, Jr., Northeast: Finished with three goals in a win over Hollins.

MF Alex Flores, Sr., St. Petersburg: Had two goals and an assist in a win over Pinellas Park. 

F/MF George Obregon, Jr., Wesley Chapel: Led the Wildcats with five goals and two assists in a win over Central. 

F Jacob Rocha, Sr., Countryside: Had two goals in a win over Gulf.  

F/MF Caleb Rogers, Sr., Keswick Christian: Scored all three of the Crusaders’ goals in a win over Indian Rocks Christian. 

F/MF Braeden Wright, Jr., Shorecrest: Led the Chargers with three goals in a win over Northside Christian. 

Feb. 3 

Class 7A, District 7 (quarterfinals)

Sickles 4, Wharton 1

Palm Harbor 5, Alonso 0

Class 7A, District 8 (quarterfinals)

Durant 3, Lennard 2

Lakewood Ranch 5, Riverview 1

Class 6A, District 5 (semifinals)

Mitchell 5, Leto 0

Wiregrass Ranch 2, Sunlake 1

Class 5A, District 6 (quarterfinals)

Springstead 1, Lecanto 0

Pasco 4, Chamberlain 0

Class 3A, District 7 (quarterfinals)

Berkeley Prep 3, Brooks DeBartolo 1

Calvary Christian 1, Clearwater Central Catholic 0

Prime time performers

F Maguire Anderson, Sr., Mitchell: Led the Mustangs with three goals and an assist in a win over Leto.  

MF/F Jon Franck, Sr., Calvary Christian: Had the lone goal of the match to beat Clearwater Central Catholic. 

MF Carson Judd, Fr., Berkeley Prep: Scored two goals in a win over Brooks DeBartolo.

MF Alex Lynch, Jr., Palm Harbor University: Had a goal and two assists in a win over Alonso. 

MF/D Juan Sanchez, So., Pasco: Finished with three goals in a win over Chamberlain.   

GK Athen Slavkin, Jr., Calvary Christian: Recorded four saves to preserve the shutout against Clearwater Central Catholic.

Feb. 4 

Class 6A, District 11 (semifinals) 

Plant City 5, Tampa Bay Tech 0

Bloomingdale 2, Strawberry Crest 0

Class 5A, District 8 (semifinals)

Jesuit 4, Robinson 0

Sumner 3, Hillsborough 2

Class 4A, District 6 (semifinals)

Nature Coast 5, Zephyrhills 1

Wesley Chapel 2, Cypress Creek 1

Class 4A, District 7 (semifinals)

Lakewood 5, Hudson 0

Dunedin 2, Tarpon Springs 0

Class 2A, District 10 (quarterfinal)

Admiral Farragut 2, Sarasota Out-of-Door 0

Prime time performers

D Thomas DiFrank, Jr., Nature Coast: Finished with two goals in a win over Zephyrhills. 

F Daniel Gonzalez, Fr., Sumner: Had a goal and two assists in a win over Hillsborough. 

F/MF Cade McMillen, Sr., Bloomingdale: Scored both of the Bulls’ goals in a win over Strawberry Crest. 

MF/F Ayden Roysdon, Jr., Wesley Chapel: Had two assists in a win over Cypress Creek. 

D Zach Spivey, Sr., Plant City: Finished with two goals in a win over Tampa Bay Tech. 

MF Baylen Young, Jr., Jesuit: Recorded a goal and two assists in a win over Robinson. 

Feb. 5 

Class 7A, District 7 (semifinals)

Plant 3, Sickles 2

Class 7A, District 8 (semifinals)

Durant 3, Lennard 2

Lakewood Ranch 5, Riverview 1

Class 6A, District 5 (championship)

Wiregrass Ranch 3, Mitchell 2

Class 5A, District 6 (semifinals)

Land O’ Lakes 6, Springstead 0

Freedom 2, Pasco 1

Class 5A, District 7 (championship)

Lake Gibson 3, Auburndale 0

Class 5A, District 9 (semifinals)

Countryside 2, River Ridge 1

Clearwater 2, Fivay 1

Class 5A, District 10 (semifinals)

Osceola 1, Palmetto 0

Northeast 2, Seminole 1

Class 4A, District 5 (semifinals)

Weeki Wachee 4, Crystal River 0

South Sumter 4, Citrus 1

Class 3A, District 7 (semifinals)

Tampa Catholic 3, Berkeley Prep 1

Calvary Christian 3, Tampa Prep 0

Class 2A, District 4 (championship)

Seven Rivers Christian 2, Bishop McLaughlin 1

Class 2A, District 9 (championship)

Shorecrest 2, Keswick 2 (Shorecrest wins in PKs)

Prime time performers

F Joseph Adderley, Jr., Newsome: Tied Stephen Gilbert for the team lead in goals with two in a win over Durant. 

MF Joseph Anderson, Jr., Plant: Assisted on two goals in a win over Sickles.

MF Alejandro Campuzoro, So., Land O’ Lakes: Tied Vasilios Fotopoulos for the team lead in goals with two in a win over Springstead. 

MF Aiden Ettouati, Jr., Wiregrass Ranch: Had a goal and two assists in a win over Mitchell.  

MF/F Kyle Johnson, Sr., Calvary Christian: Had two goals in a win over Tampa Prep.

MF Josh Pursley, So., Osceola: Scored the lone goal of the match to beat Bradenton Southeast. 

F/D Seth Tarbox, Sr., Weeki Wachee: Led the Hornets with three goals in a win over Crystal River.  

Feb. 8 

Class 7A, District 7 (semifinal)

Steinbrenner 1, Palm Harbor University 0

Prime time performers

F/MF Sebastian Hallenbeck, Sr., Steinbrenner: Scored the lone goal of the match to beat Palm Harbor University. 

GK Kyle Messina, Sr., Steinbrenner: Recorded eight saves to preserve a shutout against Palm Harbor University. 

Feb. 9

Class 6A, District 6 (championship)

Palmetto 7, Bradenton Manatee 0

Class 6A, District 11 (championship)

Plant City 2, Bloomingdale 1

Class 5A, District 8 (championship)

Jesuit 7, Sumner 0

Class 5A, District 9 (championship)

Clearwater 3, Countryside 1

Class 5A, District 10 (championship)

Osceola 6, Northeast 1

Class 4A, District 5 (championship)

South Sumter 2, Weeki Wachee 1

Class 4A, District 6 (championship)

Nature Coast 2, Wesley Chapel 0

Class 4A, District 7 (championship)

Lakewood 1, Dunedin 0

Class 3A, District 7 (championship)

Tampa Catholic 2, Calvary Christian 1

Class 2A, District 7 (championship)

Carrollwood Day 1, Universal Academy 0

Class 2A, District 10 (semifinals)

Bradenton Christian 2, Admiral Farragut 1

Bradenton Saint Stephen’s 3, St. Petersburg Catholic 2

Prime time performer

F/MF Miguel Alvarez, Sr., Plant City: Had a goal and an assist in a win over Bloomingdale. 

F/MF Riah Brewer, Jr., Carrollwood Day: Scored the lone goal of the match off an assist from Neel Shah to beat Universal Academy. 

F/MF Salvador Jean, So., Lakewood: Scored the lone goal of the match off an assist from George Nikolaev to beat Dunedin. 

MF Hyatt Sbar, Sr., Jesuit: Finished with two goals and an assist in a win over Sumner. 

F David Ruiz, Sr., Plant City: His lone goal proved to be the winner against Bloomingdale.

MF Jayden Walsh, Sr., Osceola: Assisted on four goals in a win over Northeast. 

MF/F Owen Williams, Sr., Clearwater: Recorded a goal and an assist in a win over Countryside. 

Feb. 10 

Class 7A, District 7 (championship)

Plant 2, Steinbrenner 1

Class 7A, District 8 (championship)

Newsome 3, Sarasota Riverview 0

Class 5A, District 6 (championship)

Land O’ Lakes 2, Freedom 1

Prime time performers

F/MF Tommy Holden, Sr., Newsome: Scored a goal and had an assist in a win over Sarasota Riverview. 

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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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