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Regional soccer semifinals

By RODNEY PAGE

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 13, 2001


GIRLS

CLASS 3A, REGION 3

WHO: Land O'Lakes (23-5-1) at Seminole (20-4)

WHEN: 8 p.m.

HOW THEY ADVANCED: Land O'Lakes defeated Plant 7-0 and Seminole defeated Tampa Riverview 3-1 in overtime in the regional quarterfinals.

THE SKINNY: Seminole is led by forward Brandi Herrmann (21 goals), Adrienne Ierna (17 goals, 12 assists), Autumn Baur (15 goals, 16 assists) and Kelly Gavaghan (14 goals). Sophomore goalkeeper Nikki Paquette is one of the best in the county. Land O'Lakes is led by forward Stacy Bishop (38 goals) and Casie Poyssick, who scored four times against Plant and had 39 in the regular season. Freshman goalkeeper Shannon Aitken has 18 shutouts.

CLASS 2A, REGION 3

WHO: Tampa Catholic (16-6-3) at Lakewood (16-4-1)

WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

HOW THEY ADVANCED: Tampa Catholic defeated Lake Gibson 1-0 and Lakewood defeated Palmetto 4-0 in the regional quarterfinals.

THE SKINNY: Tampa Catholic is a district runner-up but still a dangerous team. Forward Catherine MacMillian is the Crusaders' top player. Lakewood has been on a roll since losing to Osceola in the PCAC opener. However, it must play without forward Lauri Tondreault, who received a red card against Palmetto and must sit out one week.

CLASS 2A, REGION 3

WHO: Tarpon Springs (12-7) at East Bay (15-3-1)

WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

HOW THEY ADVANCED: Tarpon Springs defeated Lakewood Ranch 2-1 and East Bay defeated Bartow 4-1 in the regional quarterfinals.

THE SKINNY: As a district runner-up, Tarpon Springs must play on the road even though it's on the bottom (home) side of the bracket. Paige Beyer, Jordan Beyer, Libby Gianeskis, Whitney Gause and Jessica Moore lead the Spongers. East Bay is led by Shawna Kramer, Anna Hernandez and Alyse Migliaro, who have led the Indians on an 11-game win streak.

WANT TO GO?: East Bay is off Interstate 75 and Big Bend Rd. (7710 Big Bend Rd., Gibsonton).

CLASS A, REGION 2

WHO: Lakeland Christian (23-1-2) at Clearwater Central Catholic (21-2)

WHEN: 8 p.m.

HOW THEY ADVANCED: Lakeland Christian defeated Melbourne Central Catholic 3-0 and CCC defeated Academy of the Holy Names 6-0 in the regional quarterfinals.

THE SKINNY: CCC is balanced on both ends of the field. Jessica Hallgren, Sarah Sheehan, Apryl Wall and Jill Blatti are the main scoring threats. Kari Weniger, Nicole Matuska, Jasmine Johnson, Samantha Robinson, Stacy Typrowicz and goalkeeper Christine Leshock are defensive leaders. Lakeland Christian is led by sophomore scorers Amber Gifford and Meghan Wells. Ellie Campbell and Heidi Kearns anchor the defense. Keeper Mandy Thompson has 15 shutouts.

BOYS

CLASS 3A, REGION 3

WHO: Wharton (11-4-3) at Clearwater (18-5-4)

WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

HOW THEY ADVANCED: Clearwater defeated Riverview 4-2 and Wharton defeated Countryside 3-1 in the regional quarterfinals.

THE SKINNY: Clearwater is loaded with talent. Billy Callahan, John Schultz, Steve Goodrow, Brandon Taylor and Mike Martino are dangerous players.

CLASS 3A, REGION 3

WHEN: 6 p.m

HOW THEY ADVANCED: Land O'Lakes defeated Plant 2-1 in penalty kicks and Seminole defeated Brandon 4-3 in the regional quarterfinals.

THE SKINNY: Seminole seniors Travis Kramer, K.B. Osborne and V.J. Catalano have been solid all season. Brandon Giles and Steven Toccalino have chipped in with crucial goals. Land O'Lakes is led by Kyle Crawford, Justin Read and Eric Martin. Goalkeeper Greg Kline allows less than a goal per game.

CLASS A, REGION 2

WHO: Trinity Prep (21-1-2) at Clearwater Central Catholic (18-7-3)

WHEN: 6 p.m.

HOW THEY ADVANCED: Trinity Prep defeated Mulberry 3-1 and CCC defeated Berkeley Prep 4-2 in the regional quarterfinals.

THE SKINNY: CCC is led by Dave Miller (14 goals, 13 assists), Brett Wiard (15 goals), David Schreck (11 goals) and goalkeeper Jeremy Chambers. Trinity Prep lost to Melbourne Central Catholic in the A-5 final, its only loss of the season.

Admission to all games is $5.

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