Posted: 8:54 pm Monday, January 23rd, 2012
By Matt Porter
With district tournaments complete, let’s take an early look at the regional brackets as they affect area teams.
Regional quarterfinals: Tuesday
Finals: Tuesday, Jan. 31
State semifinals: Friday, Feb. 3
Admission: $7 per game
All games at 7 p.m. unless noted.
Treasure Coast (7-4-1) at Apopka (16-4-2)
Noteworthy: Apopka, nicknamed the Blue Darters, are unbeaten at home (12-0-1). In the district final, Treasure Coast lost 4-0 to Vero Beach, last year’s 6A state finalist.
Boca Raton (13-5-4) at Jupiter (6-5-6)
Noteworthy: Surprise home game for the Warriors, who rolled past No. 3 Palm Beach Central in their district final. Before the season, Boca would be heavily favored, but Jupiter’s showing against Central makes it the slight favorite. Warriors playing a strong team game.
Palm Beach Central (17-3) at West Boca Raton (13-4-1)
Noteworthy: West Boca, which was nationally ranked to begin the year, emerged as champions from a tough District 10-5A, beating Boca Raton. Central had one of the area’s top scorers (Natalia Hernandez) and goalkeepers (Hayley Brunner) but fell to Jupiter in the final. The winner of this game plays the Jupiter/Boca winner. The winner of that game could play Parkland-Douglas, which ended Central’s season in last year’s first round, or St. Thomas Aquinas, last year’s 5A state champion who ended West Boca’s run in the second round.
Olympic Heights (10-7-3) at Viera (15-1-2)
Noteworthy: The Lions were the top seed in District 14-4A, but fell to Martin County in the final. Viera’s last loss was Nov. 4, to Melbourne, which it beat in their district final.
Melbourne (14-2-1) at Martin County (16-4-1)
Noteworthy: Martin County outscored its opponents 18-0 in the district tournament and allowed a total of just six shots in three games. Melbourne beat Martin County 9-1 in the regional tournament last year.
Southwest Ranches-Archbishop McCarthy (14-6) at Suncoast (8-10-1)
Noteworthy: Suncoast lost to Jensen Beach 7-0 during the regular season, but stunned the Falcons 3-2 (OT) in their district final, erasing a 2-1 deficit with seven minutes left in regulation.
Jensen Beach (14-6-2) at Plantation-American Heritage (26-1-1)
Noteworthy: Plantation-Heritage beat Jensen Beach 4-2 during the regular season. This season, Heritage has outscored opponents 126-15 with 16 shutouts. Heritage is ranked No. 18 in the country by ESPN. This is the fifth regional appearance in six years for Jensen Beach, but the Falcons are 0-4 in those games.
Lincoln Park (14-6) at Sarasota-Cardinal Mooney (17-2), 6
Noteworthy: Before its 4-3 win over Bishop Verot in the district finals, Cardinal Mooney had allowed two goals in its previous nine games.
Fort Myers-Bishop Verot (14-3-2) at King’s Academy (15-2-1)
Noteworthy: King’s had too much speed for Lincoln Park in its district final win. That was the 10th straight district final appearance for King’s.
Fort Lauderdale-Cardinal Gibbons (6-5-2) at American Heritage (22-2-1)
Noteworthy: Heritage striker Yulie Lopez led the area with 42 goals and 107 points, nearly double the totals of the area’s No. 2 scorer. Heritage’s only losses were to nationally ranked teams in an elite prep tournament in Texas. The Stallions are ranked No. 25 nationally by ESPN and have won two state titles in a row.
Jupiter Christian (10-5-2) at Melbourne Central Catholic (9-8-3)
Noteworthy: Jupiter Christian had rattled off five shutouts in a row before losing to Lake Worth Christian in their district final.
Melbourne-Holy Trinity (4-7-2) at Lake Worth Christian (20-4-2), 4
Noteworthy: Lake Worth Christian won its first district title by beating Jupiter Christian 1-0 on penalty kicks in the District 12-1A final.
Weston-Sagemont (6-7) at Boca Raton Christian (5-4-2), 4
Noteworthy: Boca Christian scored an average of 2.5 goals per game. Sagemont allowed 4.7 goals per game.