Bendigo Senior Secondary College's boys soccer team will take on some of the region's best when it plays in the School Sport Victoria Loddon Mallee Regional Finals.
After strong performances in the Sandhurst Division, the team will progress to the next stage of competition.
In the first game of the Sandhurst show-down, BSSC had a strong win over SEDA College 6-0.
Next up was Catherine McAuley College, with both teams putting up strong efforts, including an "entertaining" second half.
BSSC coach Barnaby Seviour said CMC came out "belting" in the second half.
"They really put in an awesome second half - they scored a goal within the first five minutes," Seviour said.
"All of a sudden we were on the back foot but managed to keep it to even playing and towards the end we started to dominate.
"It was really high standard of play from both teams in the second half."
With both teams showing fine displays of skills on the field, BSSC fought hard to be able to walk away as the winners with a solid 2-1 defeat over CMC.
Seviour said the skills displayed by the team "were some of the best he had ever seen" on a soccer field.
"It was an absolute show, they performed phenomenally in their first official game as a team " Seviour said.
Among the squad are several students from the Karen community.
"One of the players is so reminiscent of Lionel Messi it isn't funny," he said.
"He just whips through the pack and took on the lot...he went through six players - it was very impressive."
The Loddon Mallee Regional Finals will be played towards the end of May at Epsom Huntly Recreation Reserve.
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