Panama City Beach, FL --- Boy's high school soccer teams all over the state know the regular season is over. The push to state has officially begun.
District tournaments all over Florida began today as teams look to make it into the FHSAA tourney, but right here in Bay county, play will begin Tuesday over at the Gavlak Sports Complex, where the third seeded host, the Arnold Marlins, will look to keep their season alive as they battle the 2nd seeded Bay Tornadoes.
On the eve of the matchup, just one win away from a playoff birth, head coach Aaron Murphy can't wait to take his home field and oversee his team in battle.
"I'm very pumped," said Murphy. "I usually get here about two hours early just to kind of calm myself down. The boys, they always seem to be fairly calm, which I think is a good this. I think it's good to be excited and be ready to play, but I also think it's good to have some composure when you're stepping out on the field, too"
With just one win, teams earn a spot in the state tournament, and for Murphy, he would be ecstatic to see his team get that chance.
"That would mean a lot. To me as a coach, it's just excited to me to see how the boys play and how far that they've come. We are very, very young. We have one senior and only three juniors. So I have four starting freshman and the rest are sophomores. So it would mean a lot for a team like this to show what they can showcase in a tournament like this."
Bay won the two previous matchups this season 2-1 and 1-0, as the 7-7 Marlins will look for revenge at 5 on their own turf.
Top seed Mosley takes on 4th seed Rutherford after at 7 PM.
The district championship match will feature the two winners. That one set to go Friday at 7 PM.
We'll have all the updates throughout districts into state right here on NewsChannel 7 Sports.