Bay set to play in first ever Region Final in Boy's Soccer

By: Mark Vaughn Email
By: Mark Vaughn Email

PANAMA CITY, Fla- The Bay boy's soccer team is getting prepared for the biggest game in program history. Thanks to their 3-A region semifinal win Tuesday night over Taylor the Tornadoes are now prepping to host the region final Friday night at Tommy Oliver.

The Bay soccer squad hit the post-season with some momentum after winning its last 5 regular season matches ending the season with a 17-4-2 record.

They followed up a good season with two wins over Catholic and Marianna to win the district title. "I won district 3 out o f4 years in high school so that was pretty special," Senior Center Back Hugh Higgins said. "To win it your senior year is even better.."
Then came the first state playoff wins in the history of the boy's program, a 5-1 win in the rain over Florida, and the regional semi-final win in double overtime over Taylor.

"It was exciting, for the fans. I don't know how exciting it was for me. I'd have liked to have had it been a little more separation in the score," Head coach Ron Houpt. "We had to play a different style down there than we're used to playing because of field conditions, but we were finally able to overcome all that and get the win."

And now the Tornadoes get to come back home, and play the region final against Jacksonville Bolles in front of the home crowd at Tommy Oliver Friday night. "I definitely think it would be the biggest win in Bay County history, especially for soccer it would be the biggest win," Higgins added. "Bay County hasn't seen alot of teams go down to state recently so it would be a huge win for Bay High and Panama City."

The match is Friday night at T.O. set for 7. Niceville, Choctaw and Port St. Joe also prepping for region final matches Friday.


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