Soccer semistate outlook
October 17, 2012 11:08PM
Class 2A at Warsaw
Schedule: Saturday, Hamilton Southeastern (11-7-3) vs. Valparaiso (18-2), 9 a.m.; Warsaw (18-1-2) vs. DeKalb (18-2), 11 a.m.; final, 6 p.m.
Skinny: Valparaiso, coming off two wins via penalty kicks in regionals, is seeking its first semistate title since its 2004 state championship season. Hamilton Southeastern won its first regional title this season, as did DeKalb. Warsaw, the only team returning from last season’s semistate, has won five straight regional titles. The host Tigers lost to eventual state champion Crown Point in PKs in the semistate final last season, after having won a semistate title in 2010. For what it’s worth, Warsaw ended the regular season ranked No. 2 in the state coaches’ poll, Valparaiso No. 7, and DeKalb No. 14 (recall, Crown Point was unranked and won that state title).
Next: Winner vs. Evansville Harrison Semistate winner in state championship, 2:30 p.m., Oct. 27, Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium, IUPUI, Indianapolis
Class 2A at SB St. Joseph’s
Schedule: Saturday, Hamilton Southeastern (19-2-1) vs. South Bend St. Joseph’s (19-2), 9 a.m.; Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger (15-4) vs. Crown Point (18-3), 11 a.m.; final, 6 p.m.
Skinny: Three of the four teams return from last season’s semistate, with Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger the only newcomer. Defending semistate champion Hamilton Southeastern won 2-0 in the final against South Bend St. Joseph’s, which had edged Crown Point 3-1 in overtime in a semifinal. The Bulldogs actually are the only team among the quartet pursuing its first semistate title. Crown Point lost to Hamilton Southeastern (6-0 on Sept. 8) and St. Joe’s (3-1 on Sept. 29). For what it’s worth, Hamilton Southeastern ended the regular season ranked No. 2 in the state coaches’ poll, St. Joseph’s No. 4, Dwenger No. 16, and Crown Point No. 19.
Next: Winner vs. Evansville Harrison Semistate winner in state championship, 5 p.m., Oct. 27, Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium, IUPUI, Indianapolis
— Staff writer Michael Osipoff
Updated: November 19, 2012 3:37PM