Plant City never trailed in Tuesday night’s district semifinal game and hopes for more of the same at 1 Raider Place tonight.
The Raiders picked up a 3-1 win over Strawberry Crest that night that showcased their signature aggressive pace.
Luis Leos scored the only goal of the first half to put PCHS ahead, 1-0, after 40 minutes. Epifanio Castro connected on a header to give the Raiders a 2-0 lead about midway through the second half and PCHS’s defense prevented the Chargers from getting much offense in. But Ethan David Ball took advantage of a free kick opportunity with just over 19 minutes left to play, putting a break on his long shot that fooled Plant City’s defense and cut the deficit to 2-1. Seven minutes later, Paulino Ramirez scored a short insurance goal that put PCHS ahead for good, 3-1.
The Raiders will now host Newsome in tonight’s district championship finale. The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.