West Orange tops No. 1 seed to reach FHSAA boys soccer state final

West Orange derailed the top seed in its classification Thursday night while securing its third trip to an FHSAA boys soccer state championship game.

Three players netted goals for the Warriors (14-4-1) during a 3-1 win against Doral Academy (15-3-2) in a Class 7A semifinal at Spec Martin Stadium in DeLand.

No. 4 seed West Orange faces No. 3 Boca Raton (23-0-2) in Saturday’s state final at 7 p.m. Admission is $11 in advanced and $14 on day of game at the GoFan website.

The Warriors are playing in a state final for the first time since finishing runner-up in 2013 and ‘15.

Boca Raton, a state semifinalist last season, won 3-3 (5-4 PKs) vs. No. 2 Windermere High (16-2-1) despite being down two players due to ejections during the final 30 minutes of the match.

Senior Finlay Prain scored a goal from roughly 20 yards out to put West Orange in front for good with 18 minutes remaining in its semifinal.

Then two minutes after Doral nearly tied things up while moving the ball into the goal box, sophomore Rafael Tomirotte added another for the Warriors with less than eight minutes to go.

Prain set up West Orange’s first score for a 1-0 lead late in the first half when he booted the ball toward the mouth of the goal from beyond the upper right corner of the 18-yard box. Senior Jacob Bignon was there to clean up the feed and convert on the goal.

Doral Academy, which entered the contest ranked No. 5 nationally by MaxPreps, knotted the score at 1 on a header with less than 25 minutes to play.

The start of the match was delayed almost an hour because the Boca Raton-Windermere semifinal and was played in soggy conditions.

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