Melbourne, Merritt Island, West Shore boys to state semis

Melbourne, Merritt Island, West Shore boys to state semis

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Melbourne, Merritt Island, West Shore boys to state semis

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The Melbourne, Merritt Island and West Shore high school boys soccer teams advanced to the state semifinal round with Wednesday victories.

Melbourne players celebrate a goal in the District 6-4A tournament.

Melbourne players celebrate a goal in the District 6-4A tournament.

The Bulldogs won, 4-1, at Auburndale, eliminating the team that eliminated them a year ago. Melbourne will host Fleming Island on Friday in the Class 4A bracket. Bryson Smith, Ben Baldwin, Reggie Nicolas and Josh Stackpoole scored goals.

West Shore advanced, 1-0, over The Villages. The Wildcats’ next opponent will be Bishop Kenny in the Class 2A state semifinal round in Melbourne.

In other Tuesday action, Merritt Island went to penalty kicks at Tampa Jesuit and left with a 2-1 win in 3A. The Mustangs, who won the penalty kick round by a 7-6 margin, have beaten Jesuit in the regional final round three times in four years. Brady Fritz made four saves of penalty kicks. Merritt Island will visit Immokalee on Friday.

The same night, the Merritt Island girls will visit Plantation American Heritage for their own state semifinal.

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