Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Area Girls Soccer Teams Vie for Spot in State Playoffs; Each District's Top Two Squads Advance to Round One of the Postseason

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Area Girls Soccer Teams Vie for Spot in State Playoffs; Each District's Top Two Squads Advance to Round One of the Postseason

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Byline: COREY DAVIS

This week becomes do-or-die for area girls high school soccer teams as all seven begin phase two of their season trying to qualify for the state playoffs.

The goal of every team is to advance to Fort Lauderdale to compete for a state championship each season, and pursuit of that goal begins this week. For defending state champion St. Johns Country Day, it's a chance to not only defend its Class 2A State title, but also a chance to do the impossible -- win back-to-back titles. For Keystone Heights and Ridgeview it's a chance to keep their playoff streaks going while for others it's a chance to turn a sour season around by perhaps stealing one of the two playoff spots up for grabs.

The top two teams in each district advance to the first round of the state playoffs, which begin Thursday, Jan. 26. Here is a preview of the districts:

District 1-6A -- At Orange Park Monday through Thursday: Buchholz, Fletcher, Mandarin, Orange Park and Sandalwood

Schedule -- Monday, 6 p.m., No. 4 Orange Park vs. No. 5 Sandalwood; Tuesday, 5 p.m. Mandarin vs. No. 3 Fletcher; 7:20 p.m., No. 1 Buchholz vs. 4/5 winner; Thursday, 7 p.m., title game.

Notes: A win over Sandalwood advances the host Raiders into the semifinals to play nemesis Buchholz.

District 3-5A -- At Englewood, Monday through Friday: Lee, White, Englewood, Wolfson, Parker, Fleming Island, First Coast and Bartram Trail

Schedule -- Monday, 5:30 p.m., No. 2 Fleming Island vs. No. 7 Terry Parker (winner plays Thursday, 5:30 p.m., Friday, 7:20 p.m. title game.

Notes: Look for Fleming Island, as the No. 2 seed, to lock up one of the two playoff spots and give Bartram Trail (14-1-2) all it can handle in the final.

District 3-4A -- at Alachua Santa Fe, Tuesday through Friday: Bradford, Santa Fe, Ridgeview, Middleburg, Live Oak Suwannee

Schedule -- Tuesday, 7 p. …

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