The area may not have any direct representation at this weekend’s IHSAA state tournament soccer finals, but one of the coaches has local connections.
Columbus North is coached by Jeffersonville native and former Red Devil Mike Spock, who has been teaching at the school for 11 years.
The Lady Bull Dogs marched on the final four on Saturday with a 4-2 semistate championship victory over Castle. Goal machine Kayleigh Steigerwalt netted a hat trick, giving her a school-record 39 goals for the season. In the earlier afternoon game, they beat Bloomington North 3-0.
Columbus North also ended the dreams of Providence with a 5-0 regional victory at its home ground last Wednesday.
The Lady Bull Dogs are the only team in either the boys’ or girls’ final four that is not ranked in the top 20.
They will take on No.12 Guerin Catholic (18-3-1) at Kuntz Memorial Stadium, Indianapolis (10 a.m.), while the second semifinal will feature No. 3 South Bend St Joseph’s (20-1-1) and No. 7 Indianapolis Cathedral (16-3-4). The final takes place at 6 p.m.
“The girls played great on Saturday and we’re excited to be on the way to state,” said Mike Spock.
“We played Guerin in the pre-season, winning 2-0, and at a Labor Day tourney (0-1 loss). The regular season game certainly means more, but both were close so anyone could win on Saturday.”
In the boys’ semifinals, the No. 6 Indianapolis Cathedral (19-3-1) will play No. 8 Warsaw (20-2-1), while No. 7 Evansville Memorial (16-4-3) will take on No. 10 Lake Central (19-3), both at 12 p.m. The final is scheduled to follow the girls’ championship decider at 8 p.m.
Memorial beat Washington, conquerors of Jeffersonville 5-0 on Saturday, in the semistate final by a 2-0 scoreline.
Both championship games will be available to view live on www.IHSAATV.org on Saturday evening, starting at 6 p.m.