A trio of area boys soccer teams and tone girls team will look to extend their seasons this week in regional tournament action.
The Lake Minneola, Mount Dora and South Lake boys teams will play Thursday in regional quarterfinal games, while Leesburg’s girls team hosted a regional semifinal contest on Tuesday.
Lake Minneola, which defeated South Lake 3-2 with a goal in the final two minutes by Chris Choong in the Class 3A-District 5 tournament on Friday in Belleview, will host Palm Coast Matanzas at 7 p.m Thursday in a Class 3A-Region 2 quarterfinal match. Palm Coast Matanzas lost to Daytona Beach Seabreeze in the Class 3A-6 tournament final.
South Lake, which earned a berth in the district title match by beating Leesburg on penalty kicks, will play at Daytona Beach Seabreeze at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Mount Dora is the third local boys team to advance after Ocala Trinity Catholic 1-0 in the Class 2A-6 title contest on Friday at Ocala Trinity Catholic. Danny Rodriguez scored the Hurricanes’ lone goal off an assist by Keith Bixler.
Goalkeeper Jake Girard recorded four saves.
As a result of winning the district title, the Hurricanes will host Keystone Heights at 7 p.m. Thursday in a Class 2A-Region 2 quarterfinal match. Keystone Heights lost to Gainesville Eastside Class 2A-6 championship game.
On the girls side, Leesburg was the only local team to survive last week’s regional quarterfinal play. The Yellow Jackets blanked Daytona Beach Seabreeze 1-0 and hosted Palm Coast Matanzas in Tuesday’s Class 3A-Region 2 semifinals at Leesburg High School’s H.O. Dabney Stadium.
Tickets for regional tournament contests are $7.
The girls state finals will be played beginning Feb. 5 at Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne. The boys finals will begin Feb. 12, also at Eastern Florida State College.