Boys soccer: Champions League semifinals set — Dec. 16

The bay area version of the Champions League is based on the popular tournament for professional club teams in Europe. The local event features the top high school boys soccer teams from the Tampa Bay area in a tournament at the start of the season. 

The semifinals are Saturday at Jesuit. The final is the same night at Saint Leo.

Here is the outlook for the two semifinal matches.

St. Petersburg (8-0-2) vs. Jesuit (8-0), 9 a.m.

Both teams are ranked among the top 10 in Class 5A by MaxPreps (the Green Devils are No. 9 and the Tigers are No. 1). St. Petersburg has won its past three matches by a combined 16-0. But maintaining that offensive production will be difficult against Jesuit, which has allowed just one goal all season. The ability to shut opponents down is a big reason the Tigers also are ranked No. 1 overall in Florida and No. 2 nationally by MaxPreps.

Stat leaders
CategorySt. PetersburgJesuit
GoalsJace Browy, 7Carmine Dutch Iavarone, 9
AssistsManuel Escamilla, 5Carmine Dutch Iavarone, 6
Goals against averageSteven Gagov, 0Phillip Falcon III, 0.125

Sunlake (11-1-1) vs. Plant (11-0), 11 a.m.

The Seahawks rebounded from their first loss of the season to win their last three three matches, outscoring Brooks DeBartolo, South Sumter and Land O’ Lakes by a combined 16-3. The undefeated Panthers know how to win close matches during their perfect start. Their last three victories — against Robinson, Calvary Christian and Steinbrenner — have all been by 2-1 scores. That has helped Plant rank No. 4 in Class 7A, No. 9 overall in the state and No. 12 nationally by MaxPreps.

Stat leaders
GoalsWill Fotopoulos, 8Adan McGlynn, 20
AssistsMatias Gonzalez, 10Adan McGlynn, 5
Goals against averageNate Knobl, 0.585Mason Eichenholtz, 0.395