The Florida High School Athletic Association begins the 2023-24 boys soccer playoffs for Class 5A through 7A on Tuesday night. See previews for St. Johns County teams.
Creekside (16-5-2) at Sanford Seminole (10-5-3)
Width typically tips the balance in Creekside's favor, with Jackson Hartford and Aidan Mark rampaging along the sidelines. Seminole is unbeaten in its last five, and holds home advantage because of their district victory in spite of Creekside's No. 2 ranking. A Knights victory sets up a home game with Ocala West Port or West Orange.
Gulf Breeze (12-5-1) at Nease (9-5-3)
The visiting Dolphins have backed into postseason, losing four straight, although striker Lucas Isakson (16 goals) is a top threat. For Nease, keeper Evan Miriello (1.00 GAA) and center back Tyler Ghazanfari hold down the defense, with no players scoring more than five goals. If the Panthers win, they would travel to Fleming Island or Tallahassee Chiles.
Beachside (8-3-5) at Fort Walton Beach (9-8-3)
Sophomores Julio Chaparro and Santiago Suarez form a young but effective midfield combination for the Barracudas, who have yet to lose by more than one goal. Noah Burkett's 10 goals lead the host Vikings. The winner advances to meet Pensacola Washington or Clay on Friday.
This article originally appeared on Florida Times-Union: High school boys soccer: St. Johns County first-round previews, 2024