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Maclay Gears Up For Elite Eight Rematch With Orangewood Christian

Maclay Gears Up For Elite Eight Rematch With Orangewood Christian
Posted at 11:42 PM, Feb 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-06 23:42:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Three more wins, for three Big Bend boys soccer teams. That's all they need to be hoisting a State Championship trophy in the air next week. On Tuesday, the journey to a State Championship, as Regional Finals take the pitch across the State of Florida.

Leon, Florida High and Maclay are the three teams are still in the hunt for gold, and for the Maclay Marauders, this is familiar territory. 

The Marauders have four State Championships to their name, and those Championships were won in the now defunct fall soccer league, so a win this year would give them their first spring title.

They're facing a familiar foe in Orangewood Christian, a team that knocked them out of the Elite Eight last year, a head coach Andy Warner won't lie, that's motivation in itself.

"The one thing about rivalries, and when you play in a tough playoff game, and you come up on the wrong end of the result, one of your first focus points is, will I ever get a chance to play that team again?" he said. "That was one of  our goals early. We knew they still have a quality team and players for the year, so I have to tell you I'm excited about the opportunity."

That game is Tuesday at Orangewood Christian with a 6:00 start time. Leon is at Fleming Island while Florida High travels to Bishop Kenny.