Girls soccer: Class 4A region quarterfinal breakdown — Feb. 7

Class 4A

2023 Girls Soccer State Championship Tournament Class 4A Tournament

Tonight’s area region quarterfinal matchups

Region 2
No. 4 Nature Coast (13-6) at No. 5 The Villages (7-4-4), 7

The Sharks won the 4A-6 with shutouts over Central (12-0) in the semifinals and Weeki Wachee (3-0) in the final. 

Defensive play is key for Nature Coast’s success. The Sharks have posted shutouts in 11 of their 13 victories this season. 

The Buffalo, the 4A-5 district champions, were dominant in that tournament, beating Crystal River and North Marion by a combined 15-0.  

Stat leaders
CategoryNature CoastThe Villages
GoalsJaiden Gilbert, 20Lillian Goller, 28
AssistsYailen Soto Lebron, 12Lillian Goller, 12
Goals against averageMadalyn Cullum, 0Bailey Keller, 0.994
Region 3
No. 8 Tarpon Springs (5-8-1) at Lakeland McKeel (13-4-1), 7

After starting the season 4-1-1, the Spongers have lost seven of their last eight matches. 

Rebounding will be tough against the the Wildcats, who are ranked No. 5 in the class by MaxPreps. Lakeland McKeel has won four straight matches, including impressive victories over Shorecrest (1-0) and Academy of the Holy Names (2-1). 

Stat leaders
CategoryTarpon SpringsLakeland McKeel
GoalsN/AElle Barrett, 10
AssistsN/AAva King, 8
Goals against averageN/AElle Barrett, 0
No. 5 Dunedin (10-4-1) at No. 4 Robinson (11-6-2), 7

The Falcons, the 4A-9 district champions, have won 10 matches this season, three more than their previous two seasons combined. 

Better still, Dunedin is playing its best at the right time, going 7-0-1 in its last eight matches. 

The Knights also have plenty of momentum, winning four straight matches, the last two against Bradenton Bayshore and Lakewood by a combined 15-0 to take home the 4A-11 district title. 

Stat leaders
GoalsMyleigh Oglesby, 17Jasmyn Mitchner, 24
AssistsChanning Locasio, 3Skyllar Erikson, 9
Goals against averageKi Adams, 0Reagan Kelly, 0
No. 7 Lemon Bay (10-10-1) at No. 2 Academy of the Holy Names (8-6-2), 7

The host Jaguars has their four-match win streak snapped with a 2-1 loss to Lakeland McKeel in the 4A-10 district final.

Academy of the Holy Names specializes in tight, low scoring matches. Eight of the Jaguars’ matches so far this season ended in a tie or were decided by a goal. 

The Manta Rays have turned things around. After starting 1-5-1, they have won nine of their last 14 matches. 

Stat leaders
CategoryLemon BayAcademy of the Holy Names
GoalsJacoby Maldonado, 15Ava Politz, 10
AssistsMariia Lukash, 5Megan Hyer, 3
Goals against averageJazmin Smith, 0Carys Daly, 0