Boys soccer: Region quarterfinal breakdown

Wednesday’s region quarterfinal matchups

Class 7A

East Lake (8-5-3) at Naples Gulf Coast (16-4-2), 7

This is a rematch from a meeting that the Sharks won 1-0 last month at the Tampa Bay Invitational. Since that tournament, the Eagles went 3-1-3, the lone loss coming by a goal against Plant in the 7A-6 district title match. 

Orlando Dr. Phillips (12-4-1) at Plant (18-3-1), 7

The 7A-6 district champion Panthers have won six straight matches, including impressive one goal victories over Bloomingdale, Newsome and East Lake. 

Class 6A

Immokalee (11-6-3) at Mitchell (18-4-1), 7

The 6A-9 district champion Mustangs, ranked eighth in the class by MaxPreps, have won four straight matches. They are allowing just more than a goal per match. 

Sunlake (19-3-1) at Palmetto (10-3-3), 7

All three of the Seahawks losses this season were each by a goal to playoff teams – Tampa Catholic, Wiregrass Ranch and Mitchell.  The offense is capable of putting up big numbers. Six times Sunlake has scored five or more goals in a match. 

Largo (12-3-2) at Fort Myers (20-1-1), 7

The Packers are capable of beating anyone, as evidenced by wins over Countryside, Seminole and Calvary Christian and forcing a tie against Osceola. But Largo has a tough matchup against the Green Wave, who have won 18 straight matches. 

Bradenton Manatee (9-4-4) at Wiregrass Ranch (19-4-2), 7

The 6A-10 champion Bulls have won seven straight matches, including 2-1 victories over Sunlake and Wharton. 

Class 5A

Seminole (9-7-3) at Jesuit (18-3-1), 7

This is a rematch from a meeting the Tigers won 4-0 last month. Jesuit is currently ranked third in the class, 14th in the state and 24th nationally by MaxPreps. The Warhawks are trying to rebound after going 2-5 in their last seven matches. 

Osceola (15-4-4) at King (10-6-2), 7

The Lions turned it on when it mattered, beating Spoto and Freedom to take the 5A-9 district title. The Warriors have been tested. All four of their losses were to playoff teams, including twice to Jesuit and once to Tampa Prep, both nationally ranked. 

Countryside (8-6-1) at St. Petersburg (15-5-2), 7

Defense has been key to the Green Devils recent success. They have posted three straight shutouts, including 1-0 victories over Braden River and Northeast to become 5A-11 district champions. The Cougars had their four match unbeaten streak snapped with a loss to Jesuit in the 5A-10 semifinals.  

River Ridge (13-4) at Wesley Chapel (17-5-1), 7

The Wildcats have won four straight, including victories over Pasco and Cypress Creek to take the 5A-6 district title. The Royal Knights are 2-3 in their last five matches. Two of those losses were each by a goal.  

Class 4A

LaBelle (12-5) at Nature Coast (14-5-1), 7

The Sharks have been dominant lately, going 7-0-1 in their last eight matches and outscoring foes by a combined 36-6 during that stretch. Included were victories in Hudson and Weeki Wachee to become 4A-9 district champions.  

Lemon Bay (8-5-2) at Robinson (10-6), 7

The Knights have won four straight by a combined 16-4, including victories over Gibbs, Dunedin and Tarpon Springs to take the 4A-10 district title. 

Class 3A

Lakeland Christian (13-8) at Tampa Prep (16-0), 7

This is a rematch from a meeting the Terrapins won 1-0 last month. Tampa Prep is ranked first in the class, first overall in the state and second nationally by MaxPreps. The Terrapins have a stingy defense that has allowed just nine goals all season. 

Clearwater Central Catholic (12-3-1) at Calvary Christian (10-10-1), 7

The Warriors won the first meeting between the rivals in November. Calvary Christian has won four straight, all via shutouts. Though they were upset by St. Petersburg Catholic in the 3A-8 district semifinals, the Marauders made the playoffs by having a high enough RPI ranking to qualify for an at-large berth. 

Carrollwood Day (11-7-1) at Winter Park Trinity Prep (11-3), 7

The Patriots lost to nationally ranked Tampa Prep in the 3A-7 district final. Those tough matches will serve Carrollwood Day well in facing Winter Park Trinity Prep, ranked fifth in the class by MaxPreps. 

Tampa Catholic (10-9-1) at Lake Highland Prep (8-3-4), 7

The defending state champion Crusaders enter the playoffs on a three-match losing streak. Still, they are a contender after playing a brutally tough schedule. The Highlanders, winners of five straight, are ranked fifth in the class by MaxPreps. 

Class 2A

Admiral Farragut (9-3-1) at Bradenton Saint Stephen’s (12-4), 7

The Blue Jackets had a three-match unbeaten streak with a 1-0 overtime loss to Bradenton Christian in the Class 2A-10 district final.

Cambridge Christian (15-3-4) at Shorecrest (9-5-1), 7

This is a rematch from the 2A-10 district final that the Chargers won 2-0 last week. That extended Shorecrest’s win streak to three matches.