Boys Soccer State Finals
All matches are at Spec Martin Stadium in DeLand. Admission is $12 on the day of the event via GoFan. Parking is free.
Newsome (21-2) vs. East Ridge (18-3-1), 7:05 tonight
How they got here: Newsome d. Sarasota Riverview 4-1, d. Windermere 4-3, d. Plant 5-0, d. Miami Doral Academy; East Ridge d. St. Johns Creekside 3-0, d. Orlando Timber Creek 3-1, d. Winter Park 3-0, d. Boca Raton 1-0.
|Goals||Stephen Gilbert and Greyson Ayer, 22||Rafael Enriquez, 15|
|Assists||Greyson Ayer, 13||Maxwell Kempany, 7|
|Goals against average||Gregory Miller 0.242||Gabriel Perez, 0|
Newsome is the only Tampa Bay area soccer team – boys or girls – to play in a state championship match this season.
For the Wolves, this is their first title match appearance. They got here with a dominating late season run and enter on a 10-match win streak.
Included in that stretch was a Western Conference title and a district title. Newsome outscored opponents by a combined 47-11 during its current streak.
That is a big reason the Wolves are ranked No. 1 in the class, No. 4 overall in the state and No. 9 nationally by MaxPreps.
Stephen Gilbert and Greyson Ayer each have 22 goals and Adam Al Sameraie has 15 to lead Newsome in scoring.
But the Wolves can play defense, too. After all, they have recorded 10 shutouts and allowed just 20 goals all season.
East Ridge, ranked No. 2 in the class by MaxPreps, made it to the state final as a district runnerup.
After losing 1-0 in overtime to West Orange in the 7A-3 district final, the Knights won four straight matches, allowing just one goal during its postseason run.
Defense has been East Ridge’s strength all season. The Knights have allowed just 11 goals.