State Finals Preview: Seven of Eight Soccer Teams New to State Finals
November 1, 2013HOOSIER SPORTS 365
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Seven teams that have never traveled this far in state tournament action including one school with both its boys and girls teams involved make up the field for Saturday’s 20th Annual IHSAA Boys & Girls Soccer State Finals.
For the second year, the state finals will be played at Michael A. Carroll Stadium on the IUPUI campus just west of downtown Indianapolis. The Class A girls state championship will begin the day at 10:30 am ET, followed by the Class A boys final at 1 pm, the 2A girls match at 3:30 pm and the 2A boys finale at 6 pm. All four matches will be streamed live at IHSAAtv.org.
Crown Point is the lone school in this year’s group to have made a previous appearance in the soccer state finals after the Bulldogs claimed the inaugural 2A championship two years ago. Every other team is making its very first trip to the state finals. In fact, the last time all four girls teams were making their first appearance at state was 1999. That’s also the last time a fresh crop of boys teams was involved.
Avon’s boys and girls teams, both ranked No. 2 in their respective polls, are in position to win their first state championships this weekend.
The Orioles become the sixth school to have both boys and girls teams advance to the state finals joining Evansville Memorial (1994, 2006, 2008) Carmel (1997), South Bend St. Joseph’s (2003), Lake Central (2005) and Indianapolis Cathedral (2010). Of that group, Memorial (2008), Carmel and South Bend St. Joseph’s advanced both teams to the final game with only Memorial able to win both titles on the same day.
The Class A girls championship features fifth-ranked West Lafayette (14-7) and No. 17 Gibson Southern (16-3-2).
During last Saturday’s semi-state at Argos, West Lafayette beat home-standing Argos 2-0 and third-ranked Fort Wayne Bishop Luers, 3-2, for its first semi-state title after three consecutive trips.
Gibson Southern turned its first sectional championship in the sport into a chance to win it all. The Titans avenged a regular season defeat to top-ranked Evansville Mater Dei for the sectional title and then rolled through the semi-state with an overtime win against No. 12 Park Tudor and fourth-ranked Lawrenceburg.
The Class A boys final calls for No. 1 Guerin Catholic (17-2-3) to face unranked Providence (15-6-2).
Guerin won its third straight sectional and regional this year, then shut out No. 6 Andrean and survived a 2-1 overtime decision against second-ranked Fort Wayne Bishop Luers for the Golden Eagles’ first semi-state crown.
Providence will try to achieve what the school’s girls team did a year ago when it won the first Class A girls tournament. The red-hot boys team has outscored its seven tournament opponents 20-0 including a 2-0 win over No. 17 Oldenburg and a 1-0 overtime affair against Forest Park at the semi-state.
The 2A girls championship involves No. 2 Avon (17-2-3) and No. 5 Fishers (16-2-3) in a rematch of a regular season game. The Orioles and Tigers ended in a 1-1 draw in a Hoosier Crossroads Conference match at Avon on Sept. 11. This time it’s for all the marbles.
Fishers earned the school’s first sectional title in arguably the state’s toughest sectional with three of the top six teams involved. The Tigers pulled out a penalty kick shootout with No. 3 Noblesville in the opener and then survived an overtime encounter with sixth-ranked sister school Hamilton Southeastern.
Avon won its sixth regional crown this season and first semi-state in its last three outings. The Orioles beat No. 10 Brebeuf 1-0, No. 20 Columbus East 2-0, and No. 12 Center Grove 2-1 in consecutive matches.
The Class 2A boys finale on Saturday night features a pair of unbeatens in No. 2 Avon (22-0-1) and No. 4 Crown Point (20-0-1). The lone blemish on both teams’ schedule occurred on Sept. 21 when Avon ended in a scoreless tie at Zionsville and Crown Point ended in a 2-2 draw at Mt. Vernon (Fortville).
The Avon boys have won four straight matches against ranked foes including a 3-2 decision over top-ranked and defending state champion Columbus North followed by a 2-1 victory over Evansville Memorial, both at the Evansville semi-state.
Crown Point will look to win its second 2A title in three seasons this weekend and has 10 players (six seniors, four juniors) on this year’s roster from that 2011 team. Seniors Bay Kurtz and Carmelo Morales connected on two of the four winning penalty kicks in that 2011 win over Columbus North. This year’s Bulldogs won their third straight sectional crown, beat a pair of Duneland Conference rivals including No. 14 Chesterton in the regional, and then fought off No. 9 Warsaw on the road and two-time defending Class A state champion Fort Wayne Canterbury in the semi-state.
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20th Annual IHSAA Boys & Girls Soccer State Finals
Class A Girls State Championship | West Lafayette (14-7) vs. Gibson Southern (16-3-2) | 10:30 am ET
State Finals Appearances: Seven of the eight teams are making their first appearance in the IHSAA Soccer State Finals. Only Crown Point, the 2011 Class 2A state champion, has previously appeared.
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