JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The state championship quest lives on for five area girls soccer teams.
Five — that’s right, five! — area teams won their state semifinal matches on Friday night to advance to next week’s state championship matches at Spec Martin Stadium in DeLand.
Bishop Kenny beat visiting Lemon Bay by an 8-0 mercy rule to punch its championship ticket in Class 4A. Two St. Johns County programs are headed down to title games.
Bartram Trail will play for a state title for just the second time in program history after edging previously unbeaten Tampa Plant 2-1 in Class 7A.
Ponte Vedra blanked Land O’Lakes 2-0 in Class 5A to punch its fourth trip to a championship match. The Sharks have won titles in 2010 and ’12.
Bolles stayed alive in its quest for a threepeat, using a pair of second-half goals to bounce host Lakeland Christian 3-0 in Class 3A.
Dynasty St. Johns Country Day, winners of eight consecutive state titles, will try for nine in a row. The Spartans blanked International Community School 4-0 in Class 2A.
Creekside was the area’s only team to come up short in the state semifinal round, falling on the road to Venice 1-0 in Class 6A.
Bartram Trail 2, Tampa Plant 1
Venice 1, Creekside 0
Ponte Vedra 2, Land O'Lakes 0
Bishop Kenny 8, Lemon Bay 0
Bolles 3, Lakeland Christian 0
St. Johns Country Day 4, International Community 0
State championship schedule
Wednesday, Feb. 26
St. Johns Country Day vs. Shorecrest Prep, 1 p.m.
Bolles vs. Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, 4 p.m.
Bishop Kenny vs. Cardinal Gibbons, 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 28
Ponte Vedra vs. Archbishop McCarthy, 1 p.m.
Bartram Trail vs. Cypress Bay, 7 p.m.