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Alternate Season State Boys Soccer Tournament Preview

Monday, May 10, 2021

Alternate Season State Boys Soccer Tournament Preview

THE TOURNAMENT:  The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association alternate season State Boys Soccer Tournament will take place Saturday, May 15 at two locations. The Division 1 tournament will be held at Kewaskum High School, and the Division 2 tournament will be hosted by St. Mary’s Springs and will be held at Smith Field at Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wis. The price of admission for the limited number of tickets afforded to schools for the tournament is $11.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION: The single-elimination tournament features two divisions in the alternate season in 2020-21. Of the 85 schools that opted to participate in the alternate season, four teams will compete for the State title in each of the two divisions. Below are the pairings and time schedule of games.

DIVISION 1

Division 1 Semifinals
#1 Appleton North (12-0-1) vs. #4 Racine Horlick (10-1-2) - 11 a.m.
#2 Waunakee (12-1-2) vs. #3 De Pere (11-1-3) - 2 p.m.

Division 1 Championship
Winners of the Semifinals - 7 p.m.

DIVISION 2

Division 2 Semifinals
#1 McFarland (11-0-1) vs. #4 Fort Atkinson (7-5-2) - 11 a.m.
#2 Shorewood (11-0) vs. #3 Notre Dame (13-3-2) - 2 p.m.

Division 2 Championship
Winners of  the Semifinals - 7 p.m.

ALL GAMES LIVE STREAMED ON WIAA.TV:  The semifinals and finals of both divisions of the alternate season State Boys Soccer Tournament will be streamed live on the WIAA.TV portal of the NFHS Network on a consumer subscription basis for $10.99 per month. To purchase a subscription to the live programming, visit WIAA.TV and click on the subscription graphic on the page. Archived streams of the games will be available on demand on the NFHS Network 72 hours after the tournament.

LAST FALL:  Top-seeded Marquette won the Division 1 title with a 3-0 victory over second-seeded Arrowhead in championship game held at Mukwonago High School.   Roncalli/Two Rivers co-op, the #2 seed, won the Division 2 championship with a 2-0 shutout over fourth-seeded Sauk Prairie in the title game held at Marshfield High School. The Prairie School, the top seed, won the Division 3 championship at Kewaskum High School, rolling to a 4-0 win over third-seeded St. Lawrence Seminary.

THE DIVISION 1 FIELD:  Appleton North is the top seed. The Lightning advance to the alternate State Tournament having one other appearance at State in the program’s history. That came in 2010 when they placed runner-up in Division 1. They qualify this season by edging crosstown rival Appleton East 2-1 in the Kimberly Sectional final. The Lightning are the champions of the Fox Valley Association this season. Second-seeded Waunakee will appear in a State Tournament for the second time and for the first time since the Warriors’ only other appearance in 1999.  They won the Division 2 championship that season. Waunakee is the representative from the Baraboo Sectional following its 3-2 overtime victory over Madison West in the final. The Warriors participate in the North Division of the Badger Conference, which did not maintain league standings during the alternate season. The third seed, De Pere, makes its eighth overall appearance at State. The previous seven appearances came in the traditional fall season. The most notable experience for the Redbirds came in 1993 when they won the Division 2 championship. They also advanced to the title game the year before and finished runner-up. The Redbirds advance to the alternate State Tournament via a 1-0 shutout over Green Bay Preble in the Manitowoc Lincoln Sectional final. De Pere placed third in the Fox River Classic Conference this spring. Fourth-seeded Racine Horlick qualifies this alternate season, which makes it the 13th State appearance for the program. The Rebels made four straight appearances at State from 1985-88 and five consecutive experiences from 2001-05. The most notable of the previous appearances resulted in a runner-up finish in 2001. They advance to the alternate season State semifinals this spring with a 7-2 victory over Beloit Memorial in the sectional final hosted by Beloit Memorial. The Rebels are members of the Southeastern Conference, which did not maintain conference standings this year.

DIVISION 2 FIELD:  Top-seeded McFarland is essentially appearing in its third straight State Tournament and its fourth overall.  The Spartans have advance to the championship game in each of their past two seasons in Division 3 and have finished runner-up on both occasions. Their first experience in 2013 resulted with a loss in the semifinals. They are the champions of the Rock Valley Conference this spring. Their return to State comes following a 2-0 blanking of DeForest in the sectional final held at DeForest. 2019 Division 3 champion Shorewood qualifies for the alternate season State Tournament, which makes this the fourth time the Greyhounds have advanced to State. They have appeared in the championship game in each of their previous three appearances. The Greyhounds also won the Division 2 championship in 1997 and were runners-up in Division 2 in 2004. They are the champions of the sectional they hosted with a 2-0 victory over Greendale in the final. The Greyhounds are the champions in the Woodland Conference during the alternate regular season. Third-seeded Notre Dame qualifies for a State Tournament for the ninth time with the eight previous appearances coming in the traditional fall.  The Tritons’ last appearance resulted in a loss in the Division 3 semifinals in 2015. They won back-to-back Division 2 titles in 2007-08 and also won the crown in 2001. In addition, they finished runner-up in Division 2 in their first-ever appearance in 2000 and in 2013. This year, they advance to the alternate season State Tournament as representative out of the Winnebago Lutheran Sectional with a 3-1 win over the host Vikings in the final. The Tritons finished second in the Fox River Classic Conference this spring. Fort Atkinson’s appearance in this year’s alternate season State Tournament marks the first time the Blackhawks have qualified. They have been issued the #4 seed in the bracket. Their inaugural appearance comes virtue of a 3-1 win over Waupun in the final of the Lomira Sectional. The Blackhawks are members of the South Division of the Badger Conference, which did not maintain conference standings this year.

SELECT IS THE OFFICIAL BALL:  The Select “Royale” soccer ball is again the official ball of the alternate Boys Soccer State Tournament. For more on Select soccer items, access the Select website at www.selectamerica.com.

NEED RESULTS?:  Results of the alternate season State Boys Soccer Tournament are available on the WIAA website at www.wiaawi.org by accessing the appropriate links on the boys soccer tournament home page.

STATE SOUVENIR PROGRAMS ONLINE:  The souvenir programs for the 2020-21 State culminating events are available online and available to download and print at no cost. The complete alternate season State Boys Soccer Tournament program with rosters of qualifiers, history and schedule information can be accessed at: https://www.wiaawi.org/Portals/0/PDF/Publications/Programs/2020-21alternateboyssoccer.pdf.

ORDER STATE MEET APPAREL ONLINE: WIAA licensed apparel is available online for the alternate season State Boys Soccer Tournament. To browse and purchase branded merchandise, visit the WIAA Store at: https://wiaaaltstateboyssoccer21.itemorder.com/sale. Online purchases will be shipped after the online store closes Thursday, May 20 prior to midnight.

FOLLOW STATE MEET ON SOCIAL MEDIA:  Receive updates of the alternate season State Boys Soccer Tournament on the WIAA State Tournament Twitter account @wiaawistate with the hashtag #wiaasoccer. Also like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram at wiaawi.

 

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