Here are the capsules for tonight’s area state semifinal matchups. The winners advance to next week’s state finals at DeLand’s Spec Martin Stadium.
Miami Doral Academy (12-3-4) at Newsome (20-2), 7
The Wolves’ playoff run is due in large part to its prolific offense.
During its current nine-match win streak, Newsome has scored four or more goals eight times.
Three players – Greyson Ayer (22 goals), Stephen Gilbert (21) and Adam Al Sameraie(15) – have already reached double figures in scoring this season.
If the Firebirds fall behind early, that could be trouble. Their offense has not scored more than two goals in regulation of any match this month.
Naples (15-4-3) at Jesuit (20-2-1), 7
The Tigers are in the state semifinals for the fifth straight season.
So far in the playoffs, Jesuit has been dominant, beating Cypress Creek, Wesley Chapel and Winter Garden Horizon by a combined 14-1.
Better still, the Tigers, ranked No. 3 in the class by MaxPreps, are unbeaten at home (15-0-1).
The Golden Eagles got here by surviving a series of close matches, including a 2-1 victory over Osceola in the region finals earlier this week.
Tampa Prep (11-2-7) at Winter Park Trinity Prep (13-2-1), 7
Last season, the Terrapins went undefeated, won a state title and finished ranked No. 1 in the nation.
Tampa Prep is not perfect this year, but it still has a chance to defend its state title.
Playing in so many close contests (seven ties in the regular season) has paid off for the Terrapins in the postseason. Each of their last two wins has been by a goal, 2-1 against Fort Myers Bishop Verot in the region semifinals and 3-2 against Tampa Catholic in the region semifinals.
The Saints, ranked No. 2 in the Class by MaxPreps, also are used to playing in close matches. After all, 11 of their matches this season have been decided by 1-0 or 2-1 scores.