UPDATED with Class 3 story links – Good luck to Springfield Catholic and Nixa in Blue Springs this weekend.
St Pius X are the defending champions, winning 3-1 over Principia last year. Springfield Catholic returns for the fifth straight year as the other returning program this season. The seniors on the Springfield squad won the schools (and Southwest Missouri’s) first soccer title as freshmen in 2010, repeating as sophomores and finishing 3rd last season. Led by Lydia Holtmann, I believe the Irish will play in the Consolation match again this year. The P-D looks at the match up and the challenge facing the Irish. They also offer a Preview.
1:00 pm at Blue Springs South
St Pius X –
Springfield Catholic –
The P-D looks at Duchesne’s proud tradition
The top three teams from 2012 return to the Final 4 this season, led by the St Dominic Crusaders. The first semifinal will feature last years #2 Rosati-Kain against #3 Helias with both teams dreaming of higher finishes in their second visit. Kivdahl features Rosati-Kain and their hopes which I expect will not be met as Helias will likely reach the title game this year.
2:00 pm at Blue Springs
Rosati-Kain vs Helias – Blue Springs HS
St Dominic Crusaders –
The Angels of St Joseph are the only team returning to the Final 4 this year, after finishing 3rd in 2012. They face their toughest challenge in the semifinal match against the St Teresa Academy Stars. The Stars are led by junior Savannah Trujillo who won 3 Missouri State Championships (U13-U15) with the KCFC Futura squad until joining the ECNL program last year as a U16.
The early game will feature a pair of teams that have reached the Final 4 for the first time ever in program history. The Eagles of Nixa feature half-a-dozen scoring options with Payton DeHart the primary target and a youthful midfield led by sophomore Allyson Galler that will look to penetrate the stiff defense the Wildcats have thrown up all season. They’ll also need to stop Hannah Leinert who’s headed to Illinois State in the Fall, so Bear’s fans will see more of her in the future.
St Joseph Angels –
St Teresa –
The Star’s last won a State Championship in 2006 but it’s been their goal for this season from Day One.