A record-high number of teams will participate in the 19th Annual IHSAA Soccer State Tournaments, the parings for which were revealed today.
A total of 298 boys’ and 258 girls’ teams have been entered for postseason play, which kicks off with sectionals on Monday, Oct. 1. The state championship matches will be held at a new venue, IUPUI in Indianapolis, on Saturday, Oct. 27.
In Class 2A boys, top-ranked Carmel will open against host Lebanon in Sectional 17, while defending state champs Crown Point (ranked No. 10) will meet Sectional 4 host Merrillville in its first match.
Class A defending champ and No. 5 Fort Wayne Canterbury will play host to Manchester in Sectional 40, while No. 1-ranked Guerin Catholic will host University in Sectional 47.
On the girls’ side, Class 2A defending champs and No. 1- ranked Carmel will face a test from the off against No. 10 Westfield in Sectional 17.
Providence will begin its defense of last year’s Class A state championship against Southwestern (Hanover) in Sectional 45 at Switzerland County, while top-ranked Lawrenceburg will begin its postseason at home against Union County in the Sectional 44 opener.