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

Class 7A

2023 Girls Soccer State Championship Tournament Class 7A Tournament

Tonight’s area matchups

Region 2
No. 8 Lake Nona (10-6-1) at No. 1 Palm Harbor University (16-0), 7

The Hurricanes have a perfect record going into the postseason thanks to a defense that has posted 11 shutouts and has allowed just six goals all season. 

The ability to keep opponents off the scoreboard is a big reason Palm Harbor University is ranked No. 2 in the class and No. 7 nationally by MaxPreps. 

It is a tough task for the Lions. But they have the ability to score with an offense that is averaging more than four goals per game. 

Stat leaders
CategoryLake Nona Palm Harbor University
GoalsBrooke Herremens, 18Kassie Fragale, 16
AssistsSabrina Bouchachia, 9Ava Tutas, 8
Goals against averageLuisa Brizolim Quesada, 0Keely Cash, 0.377
No. 5 Durant (15-4) at No. 4 Newsome (17-3), 7

This is the fourth meeting between the rivals this season. 

The Cougars won the first matchup in December. Since then, the Wolves have been dominant, winning 12 straight matches. 

Two of those victories during this current streak came against Durant, the first coming last month in the Western Conference semifinals and the last happening a week ago in the final of the 7A-6 district tournament. 

To even the season series, the Cougars have to find a way to generate more offense after scoring just a pair of goals in the last two losses. 

Stat leaders
GoalsMykala Urich, 12Halie Wolpert, 19
AssistsAddison Kapustiak, 9Caroline Ohme, 12
Goals against averageTaylor Crone, 0Kaitlyn Harrity, 10.000
No. 7 Plant (12-3-1) at No. 2 Lakewood Ranch (17-0-1), 7

One of the premier matches in the opening round of the playoffs. 

After starting the season 11-1-1, the Panthers are trying to rebound after losing two of their last three matches. In those losses to Newsome in the Western Conference final and to Steinrenner in the 7A-7 semifinals, Plant was outscored by a combined 15-3. 

The Panthers cannot afford to fall behind too much to the undefeated Mustangs, who are ranked No. 3 in the class and No. 20 nationally. 

After all, Lakewood Ranch has allowed just 10 goals all season. 

Stat leaders
CategoryPlantLakewood Ranch
Goals Jolie Farmer, 32Carmen Lemus, 16
AssistsJolie Farmer, 21Gabrielle Madrid, 9
Goals against averageAddison Knight, 2.094Emma Chapman, 0
No. 6 North Port (12-5-1) at No. 3 Steinbrenner (17-1-3), 7

The Warriors, ranked No. 8 in the class by MaxPreps, fell to rival Palm Harbor in the 7A-7 district final for their first loss of the season. 

The two teams could meet again in the region final. 

To make that happen, Steinbrenner has to take the first step by getting past the Bobcats, who had their 10-match win streak snapped with a loss to powerhouse Lakewood Ranch in the 7A-8 final. 

Stat leaders
CategoryNorth PortSteinbrenner
GoalsSierra Spirk, 34Aaliyah Pitts, 23
AssistsSierra Sprik, 10Aaliyah Pitts, 22
Goals against averageJanice Ortiz, 1.000Haley Liss, 0.604