CENTERVILLE REGIONAL SOCCER PREVIEWS
October 16, 2013Tri-Eastern Conference
by FRANKLIN CRIST (RadioTroy.com Sports)
CENTERVILLE, Ind. – With two regional titles in sight, Centerville High School’s men’s and women’s soccer coaches Erin and Scott Ferguson both have safely secured a sectional championship to each of their resume’s this postseason. The husband and wife duo has a combined record of 16-9-3 between the two of them so far this season, and look to better each of their respective records as the men’s team will return to action Thursday while the women will play Saturday.
Scott has picked up his first sectional title in as many years as the Men’s coach (8-3-2) with a squad he’s high on, and calls, “exceptional.” But by gametime Thursday, the Bulldog footballers will have some health issues to take care of on the Men’s side.
“With the boys, I believe when they step on the field they can compete with anyone. We have three injuries right now, which will be difficult to overcome. One of our players is battling the flu, and one of our best forwards has trauma to one of his ligaments in his ankle, and he’s still limping pretty heavily. With him, I don’t think I’ll be able to keep him off the field. If I get a trainer saying he can play, he’ll be playing.”
With the first round game coming to Knightstown for the men’s squad, Centerville is expected to have a good showing from the Bulldog faithful. Indianapolis Scecina (9-9) has one of the worst records of teams advancing to the Class A regional, but Scott knows better than to think lightly of his Thursday competition.
“Indianapolis Scecina has a tough schedule, so they aren’t to take lightly. They’ve played some quality schools and can compete with anyone. Although we’ve played some good teams such as Muncie Burris, Scecina has played the tougher of the two schedules between us. Our team travels well, and the students at Centerville I know are stoked for the game. Our girl’s team is going to try and be there for the guy’s game on Thursday as well, so we’re expecting a pretty good crowd come Thursday.
For the women’s team, the task at hand my be a bit taller than that of the men’s as they will travel to Evansville to play second ranked Heritage Christian (15-1) at Mater Dei High School for their first round matchup, and head coach Erin Ferguson knows what they are up against.
“Each team has a chance to win.” Erin commented. “We can put up a fight, and really the pressure is all on them being the higher ranked school. It’s going to take one of our better games, but come tournament time, anything can happen. We just need to play up to our potential”
The Centerville men will play at 5pm on Thursday, and would play the winner of Greenwood Christian (11?4?2) and Oldenburg Academy (12-4-1) for the Regional Championship Saturday at 2pm if necessary. The women will play for the title at 4pm Saturday in the two team regional.