HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER

Seven area teams set for regional quarterfinals


Published: Monday, January 30, 2012 at 10:58 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 30, 2012 at 10:58 p.m.

Seven area boys soccer teams will be on the pitch Tuesday as the FHSAA regional playoffs being in five different classes.

Facts

Regional Quarterfinal Schedule

All games begin Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Class 5A, Region 1
Buchholz (16-3-3) at Port Orange Spruce Creek (16-6-1)
Class 3A, Region 1
Ponte Vedra (11-6-1) at Suwannee (15-7-2)
Class 3A, Region 2
Inverness Citrus (17-3-1) at Eastside (17-5-2), Citizens Field
Class 2A, Region 2
Pierson Taylor (15-3-3) at Santa Fe (19-5-3)
P.K. Yonge (10-10-1) at Crescent City (14-3-3)
Class 1A, Region 1
Lafayette (11-5-2) at Port St. Joe (15-2-1)
Oak Hall (12-5-3) at Oviedo Master's Academy (18-5-1)

Five of those teams will be looking for that elusive regional quarterfinal victory.

Buchholz is in search of its first regional-playoff win since 2001, Eastside since 2002, Santa Fe since 2003 and Suwannee since 2004. Lafayette is looking for its first ever playoff victory.

"I think there are several teams that have a good chance of winning a first-round game, including my team," said Eastside coach Ron Messick, whose team will host Inverness Citrus in a Class 3A, Region 2 quarterfinal at Citizens Field. "Definitely there is a sense of urgency, it is one of those win or go home mentalities. It is one of those times where the kids are excited for the opportunity."

Santa Fe will host Pierson Taylor and Suwannee will be home to Ponte Vedra, while Buchholz at Port Orange Spruce Creek and Lafayette at Port St. Joe will attempt to win on the road.

"I think there are a few area teams with favorable matchups and should make it to the second round," Buchholz coach Andy Aulick said. "We really have to focus on this next match."

Oak Hall, back in the regional playoffs for the first time since 2009, last posted a playoff win 2008. The Eagles travel to Oviedo Master's Academy. P.K. Yonge, which is in the regional playoffs for the ninth straight year, advanced to the regional semifinals last year. The Blue Wave travels to Crescent City.

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