Sectional winners advance to regionals

Wednesday October 15, 2014

In a self-aggrandizing display of our soccer knowledge, AlmanacSports correctly picked 4 out of 6 sectionals and a final but backing the wrong horse in a fifth. Rivet not repeating as champs was our one bum pick of the lot. Congrats to each of the sectional winners including two newbies, Northeast Dubois and South Knox.

Washington Regional

#5AA Memorial won what could be considered an easier sectional, but the Tigers are highly deserving, winners of 11 straight titles. It's hard not to consider their oppenents small fries as they look onward towards a state title. Memorial lost in the semi-state final just short of the state championship last year and has the talent to return. They open regional play against Floyd Central.

#19AA Jasper won the local sectional of death, its first title since 2011. The Wildcats last won regionals in 2005 when they lost to Memorial in semi-state (regionals are now 2 games and semi-state one) so they could perceivably meet the Tigers in the same stage of the tournament. The two met at the beginning of the season and are fastly becoming rivals despite Memorial leading the all-time record 15-1-1. Jasper must get past TH North first--and should as the Patriots had difficulty with local Class A opponents.

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Forest Park Regional

#5A Gibson Southern earned its 6th sectional title in 7 years. The Titans now have their best chance of advancing out of regionals with Mater Dei out of the way--the Wildcats knocked them out of the postseason each of the past 5 years. Gibson Southern opens against PAC rivals Heritage Hills, whom the defeated 5-1 earlier this season.

Heritage Hills won its first sectional title since 2010 and its first in class soccer. South Spencer couldn't best the Patriots after defeating their PAC rivals 2-0 just the previous week.

Northeast Dubois pulled off the upset against Blue Chip champs #16A Washington Catholic. With homefield advantage, the Jeeps had to go to a penalty shootout to get its first win over the Cardinals in 5 years. They then went on to defeat Pike Central for their first ever sectional title. NE Dubois now faces South Knox in the opening round of the regional, a team they defeated 4-1 back in August.

Last year's sectional winner Vincennes Rivet lost to Sullivan, ending their season after beating them in the opener. South Knox capitalized and repeated the flip-flop trend beating the Arrows after losing in the regular season. The victory marks the first sectional title ever for the Spartans.

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