The Oviedo girls soccer team feels relieved to be continuing its season next week in the FHSAA region tournament.
The Lions (13-0-1) remained unbeaten on Tuesday by holding off Timber Creek (12-3-0) for a 2-0 win in a Class 7A District 4 semifinal between two of the top teams in the area.
“A lot of us were anxious coming into the game,” Oviedo senior Kyleigh Thelen said after the victory. “Knowing now that even if we lose [in the district final] that we still get to go through to regionals and work toward our next goal, which is going to states, is a big relief.”
Oviedo, ranked No. 1 in the area’s Sentinel Super Six and aiming for a seventh consecutive district title, plays No. 3 Winter Park in the championship game Thursday at 7 p.m. at Showalter Field. Winter Park (15-3-1) rolled to a 5-1 win over No. 6 Hagerty (14-3-1) in the other semifinal.
Thursday’s winner hosts a region quarterfinal game on Tuesday. The district runner-up goes on the road in the opening round.
Oviedo defeated No. 5 Timber Creek for the second time this season on goals by Raisa Lugo and Ryleigh Holcomb. The turning point came with 19 minutes to play as goalkeeper Amanda Waggoner made a save on a penalty kick to help preserve the shutout with her team nursing a 1-0 lead.
The Lions narrowly won the regular-season matchup vs. the Wolves 1-0 on Dec. 17.
“It was huge to get through this one because Timber Creek is a quality opponent,” said Oviedo coach Scott Waisanen. “To try to get through an elimination game against a team like that is an accomplishment.”
No. 4 Clermont East Ridge (20-1-2) claimed the 7A-5 championship with a 2-0 win over West Orange (13-3-2) on Tuesday. No. 2 Bishop Moore (14-3-1) won 2-0 vs. Titusville (10-6-2) last week in the 4A-10 final.
In 7A-3, Kristina Arwady scored a goal off an assist from Allie Hunnewell and Makenzie Morris secured the shutout for Lake Brantley (10-7-0) during a 1-0 district final win against Boone (9-2-0).
Class 7A District 2 final
Spruce Creek 2, Lake Mary 0
Class 7A District 3 final
Lake Brantley 1, Boone 0
Class 7A District 4 semifinals
Oviedo 2, Timber Creek 0
Winter Park 5, Hagerty 1
Oviedo at Winter Park, 7
Class 7A District 5 final
East Ridge 2, West Orange 0
Class 7A District 6 final
Ridge Community 5, Freedom 0
Class 6A District 4 final
Edgewater 2, Lake Howell 0
Class 6A District 9 final
New Smyrna Beach 1, St. Cloud 0 (3-2 PKs)
Class 5A District 5 final
Pine Ridge at Lake Minneola
Class 4A District 9 final
Gainesville Eastside 3, Leesburg 0
Class 4A District 10 final
Bishop Moore 2, Titusville 0
Class 3A District 6 final
Lakeland Christian 2, Windermere Prep 0
Class 3A District 9 final
Lake Highland Prep 4, Trinity Prep 2
Class 2A District 5 final
Geneva School 2, International Community 0