Congratulations to the area’s three sectional champions, who move on to regional action this week.
First to take to the field will be the girls of Floyd Central (10-8-1), who will face an almighty task in trying to topple the unbeaten Evansville Memorial (16-0-4), ranked No. 3 in Indiana, at Jasper tomorrow (Wednesday, 5 p.m.)
The Highlanders beat Jasper 2-1 in the Class 2A Sectional 30 title decider on Saturday evening after accounting for Corydon 3-0 and New Albany 2-1 in overtime earlier in the week.
“Due to deep planning and coaching expertise we have decided to play 15 girls at once and see if we can’t gain an advantage,” joked coach Lewie Stevens.
He said it certainly “won’t be an easy game” but they will try to use the underdog tag for motivation and glean some hope from regular season results.
“We looked at some scores of common and semi-common opponents and we don’t compare all that unfavorably, but getting too engaged in that is a fool’s game to a certain extent,” he said.
“We will practice and prepare in order to maximize our chances and everything else is good fortune,” said Stevens. “There is a reason that we play games instead of passing on the paper favorites and we will hope for that upset. The team is pumped to be here and still playing.”
The winner will take on Terre Haute South or Evansville North in Saturday’s regional final at the same venue (7 p.m.)
Providence girls were expected to waltz through the Class A Sectional 45 at Rising Sun and they duly did so, racking up 21 goals in three games without reply. The No. 1 Pioneers (17-0-2) beat host Rising Sun 5-0 in the decider and will now entertain Heritage Hills on its own patch this Saturday (6 p.m.).
Coach Dave Smith said they’re happy to be able to play at home this weekend and will be hoping for a big attendance to cheer on the girls.
“The forecast calls for nice weather so we hope for a good turnout and invite all local soccer fans to come out,” he said.
Smith added that they have a great deal of respect for Heritage Hills and will certainly need to bring their best on Saturday.
“Heritage Hills has good team speed and an outstanding individual athlete, Sophie Etienne, who plays both striker and defender,” he said.
“Regarding our side, we’ve been fortunate to stay healthy for the most part, and are excited to host our first-ever postseason match. Our defense gave up fewer than 10 combined shots on goal in the sectional, and continues to play outstanding futbol.
“The jaunt to Rising Sun is a beautiful one, but three times in five days is a bit taxing. I’m very proud of the girls for taking it all in stride and getting the job done.”
Christian Academy of Indiana (11-3-2) won its first ever Class A Sectional 60 boys’ crown when beating No. 18 Providence on Saturday by a 2-0 scoreline, with first half goals from Chris Smith and Justin Baird.
The Warriors now face No. 16 Lawrenceburg (13-4-1) at Switzerland County on Thursday (7 p.m.). A win in that matchup would see them through to the regional final, where they would face Salem – winners of the Charlestown Sectional — or Shawe Memorial on Saturday, also at 7 p.m.
CAI coach Will Lorigan said Lawrenceburg seem to have no trouble scoring but their defense has holes which they would like to exploit.
“It will be an interesting matchup given that both teams come in with similar records,” he said. “Since we haven’t played any common opponents, we will prepare the same way we did for sectional finals – look to take advantage of our opportunities and keep the ball out of the back of our net.”