The pairings for the 30th Annual IHSAA Boys and Girls Soccer State Tournaments were drawn with 305 boys teams and 274 girls teams, both record numbers, set for competition next week.
The 274 girls teams top the previous high of 272 set last year and in 2019. The 305 boys teams equal last year’s record number.
Both tournaments mirror each other beginning with 16 sectionals in each of three classes running Oct. 2-7. Regional semifinals will be played Oct. 11-12 with regional championships on Oct. 14. Semi-States are Saturday, Oct. 21 at four sites with the winners advancing to the state championship matches on Oct. 27-28 at Michael Carroll Stadium at IUPUI in Indianapolis. Assignments will be made following the semi-state matches.
The Rochester girls will play in the 1A six-team sectional field at Argos. The Zebras (0-12) go into the final week of the regular season still looking for the team’s first win and will have to turn around a regular season loss to advance. Rochester will play Trinity Greenlawn (13-1) who defeated Rochester August 26, 9-0.
The Rochester – Trinity winner will play the winner of the Argos – Culver winner in one semifinal. The other semifinal is already set with Bremen playing LaVille.
The Tippecanoe Vaslley girla will play in the five-team sectional field at Leo. The Vikings (2-6) drew Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger (6-3-2). The winner gets slotted into the championship match.
On the other side of the bracket, FW Concordia Lutheran will play Culver Academies with the winner taking on Leo in the semifinal.
On the boys side, Rochester and Tippecanoe Valley are separated by about 14 miles. They’ll travel more miles than that for their next meeting in the postseason as they are both in the 2A Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran sectional . The Zebras (3-8) will try to avenge a 2-0 regular season loss to the Vikings (9-4-1) on September 13.
The Rochester – Tippecanoe Valley winner will play the winner of the FW Concordia Lutheran – Wabash quarterfinal. On the other side of the bracket, Manchester will play Culver Academies with the winner playing Dwenger in the other semifinal.
In the 1A sectional at Argos, Caston (3-7) opens with Winamac (4-7). The Comets and Warriors will provide a preview when they play on Thursday in the Comets regular season finale.
The winner will meet the winner of the North Miami – North White quarterfinal.
Argos and Culver Community are bracketed into the other semifinal.