Tonight (Tuesday) is indeed a busy evening for local soccer, both on the field and off it.
The draw for the boys’ and girls’ state tournament series will kick off at 7 p.m. and you can catch the pairings as they happen at the IHSAA website (www.ihsaa.org) or at Hometown Sports Indiana (www.hometownsportsindiana.com).
However, there may not be too many with their eyes glued to computer screens as many games will be going on going on simultaneously, including no less than three rival matchups.
The most anticipated is the boys’ clash between Jeffersonville (12-1) and unbeaten Floyd Central (10-0-2) at the home of the Highlanders (7 p.m.)
It is a game that could very well repeat itself when the regional championship series takes place in October, but first the regular season business of a Hoosier Hills Conference title needs to be decided.
The Red Devils, who are 4-1 in HHC play, come into the game following victories over both New Albany and non-conference rival Providence in the past week.
Floyd Central, meanwhile, is 4-0 in the conference after putting four past Jennings County on Saturday.
With just Madison and Bedford North Lawrence to come for the Highlanders, a victory tonight would all but seal the deal.
The Red Devils have only Columbus East to come after this evening, so a win against Floyd Central would more than likely secure them at least a share of the HHC title.
Elsewhere, tonight sees two girls’ rival games, with New Albany traveling to Providence (7 p.m.) and Floyd Central playing at Jeffersonville (7.30 p.m.) approximately.
Providence has been impressive this season and is 10-1-1. Its most notable wins have been a 2-1victory against Floyd Central and Kentucky’s North Oldham (2-1), while last Thursday the Pioneers trounced Bullitt East 7-0, a team which had only previously lost twice this season.
New Albany played out a scoreless tie against Jeffersonville last week to go 5-5-2 on the season, and also shared the spoils two weeks ago against Floyd Central. Last year, the Lady Bulldogs beat Providence before losing to the Pioneers in the sectionals.
The third rival matchup of the night sees Floyd Central — 7-3-3 after a 5-0 win against Jennings County on Saturday – taking on Jeffersonville.
The Red Devils, with new coach Jeremy Pickerell at the helm, are coming off the aforementioned 0-0 tie with New Albany, an encouraging performance and their against the Lady Bulldogs since a 1-1 tie in 2005.
Today also sees Christian Academy of Indiana boys host Charlestown (4.30 p.m.). CAI has been learning to cope with the loss of goalkeeper Drew Mattingly and striker Andrew Rosenberg this year — who have gone on to play at Huntingdon and Southern Indiana Universities – and will be hoping to chalk up a victory against a Pirate team which features a forward on fire.
Doug Roskowski has now notched 21 goals for Charlestown (6-8) this fall and is chasing the school record of 28. He only has tonight’s game, and another at home to Rock Creek Thursday to try break it before sectionals commence, but nobody here is writing him off.
Other games tonight see Madison boys travel to New Albany, while in girls’ games, Silver Creek go to Corydon and CAI visits Charlestown.