Posted: 1:03 pm Monday, February 10th, 2014
By Anthony Chiang
Three boys soccer teams from Palm Beach County will be playing in Melbourne this week.
Boca Raton, Atlantic and Trinity Christian will play in the state semifinals, with each school just two wins away from a state title.
Here is what you need to know:
Boca Raton vs. Tarpon Springs-East Lake, Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne
Scouting report: East Lake is 17-2-1 this season, beating Lithia-Newsome 1-0 in the regional final to reach the state semifinals. Josh Page leads East Lake with 30 goals this season. But Boca Raton won’t need any extra motivation for Friday’s game against the Eagles. The Bobcats lost in the state semifinals last season and coach Marcelo Castillo said he will show his team pictures and video of the loss to remind them. This is a very different Bobcats team than that one, though, as they graduated 13 seniors in the offseason. Senior forward Tomer Bitton leads Boca Raton with 27 goals this year.
Atlantic vs. Orange Park-Fleming Island, Friday at 10 a.m. at Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne
Scouting report: For the first time in school history, Atlantic’s boys soccer team is in the state semifinals. On the other hand, Fleming Island has reached this round four times. winning the Class 4A state title in 2012. Fleming Island enters Friday’s game with a 23-2-2 record. The Eagles should be up for the test, though, as they have posted a 12-0-2 record in their past 14 games. Atlantic has not lost since early December, beating Fort Lauderdale to win the regional championship on Friday.
Trinity Christian vs. Bradenton-Saint Stephen’s Episcopal, Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. at Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne
Scouting Report: Saint Stephen’s Episcopal enters Wednesday’s game with a 14-1-1 record, rallying from a late 3-0 deficit in the regional finals to earn a trip to Melbourne. Trinity Christian is 17-5-1 this season. The Warriors are led by Rashid Gerard, who has scored a team-high 23 goals this season.
About the Author
Anthony Chiang began his writing career in Gainesville at the University of Florida’s student-run newspaper. At The Independent Florida Alligator, he covered the school’s golf, volleyball, baseball, and football teams. The Miami native has also written for the Sun Sentinel and MLB.com, following the Tampa Bay Rays.