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Soccer teams eye WIC titles; sectional futures

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

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Heather Foxx and the Northview Knights will face West Vigo in the sectional opening game.

A field of 261 boys soccer teams and 227 girls squads begin the postseason on Monday, Oct. 10, but with the sectional draws already being completed, Northview still has their sights set on very important conference games to finish out the regular season.

"Weve got two weeks left (in the regular season) and then we have four days to prepare for the sectional," commented coach Don Bryan of his girls team.

The girls squad has four regular season games left, including a pair of conference games and another two opponents who are in the Terre Haute South Sectional with them. So finishing strong is especially important according to Bryan.

"We've got to play to win because we control our own destiny," he said of his team which is 3-1 in the WIC and could possibly share the conference title by beating Owen Valley (Sept. 29) and West Vigo (Oct. 6). "There's no easy way around it, I don't think you can afford to look ahead."

The Knights will get a late season look at their first round sectional opponent, West Vigo, in their final regular season game before sectional play begins on Tuesday, Oct. 11 with a first round game between Terre Haute North and Terre Haute South at 7 p.m.

"I don't think we could have asked for a better draw," commented Bryan. "Anytime you can have North and South play each other in the first round it's great for everyone else."

The Northview boys also are in the mix for a conference title, finishing the season with a road trip to Sullivan this evening that, with a win, would mean at least a share of the WIC Championship.

"The last three years we've been creating some history here with wins against some of the big guns," commented boys coach Todd LaComba. "Our guys are confident, but they still know that there is a lot left to do."

The boys team will also get a first round date with West Vigo, a team that they beat slightly less than a month ago, 2-0. According to LaComba, however, both teams are considerably different than their prior meeting.

"The fact that we beat West Vigo is all well and good, but we've lost some guys to injury and added some new guys into the lineup and they've added some new guys I think from Louisiana because of the hurricane," said LaComba. "It should be pretty interesting, but I feel that if we play our own game that we have a good chance at making a run."

The Knights have fared pretty well against possible sectional opponents this season, beating West Vigo (2-0), South Vermillion (6-2), Greencastle (2-0) and tying Terre Haute South (0-0), losing only to Terre Haute North (2-0) in the opening game of the year.

LaComba believes that the Patriots are still the favorite this year.

"North is still the defending sectional champion. I still think that they are the team to beat."

The Knights are scheduled to open play on the second day of action, Thursday, Oct. 13 with a 5 p.m. game against the Vikings followed by Terre Haute South against Sullivan at 7 p.m. The Northview girls will play at 7 p.m. on Thursday following South Vermillion and Sullivan who kickoff at 5 p.m.

Terre Haute North

Boys Soccer Sectional

Tuesday, Oct. 11

Greencastle vs. North Knox, 5 p.m.

South Vermillion vs. Terre Haute North, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 13

Northview vs. West Vigo, 5 p.m.

Terre Haute South vs. Sullivan, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 15

Game One winner vs. Game Two winner, 10 a.m.

Game Three winner vs. Game Four winner, noon

Championship Game, 6 p.m.

Terre Haute South

Girls Soccer Sectional

Tuesday, Oct. 11

Terre Haute North vs. Terre Haute South, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 13

South Vermillion vs. Sullivan, 5 p.m.

West Vigo vs. Northview, 7 p.m.


Greencastle vs. Match One winner, 10 a.m.

Game Two winner vs. Game Three winner, noon

Championship Game, 6 p.m.

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