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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

State Girls Soccer Tournament Preview

THE TOURNAMENT:  The 34th Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Girls Soccer Tournament will take place Thursday-Saturday, June 16-18, at KOHLER Engines Stadium at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee, Wis. Ticket prices are $8 per session and $1 for children 6-years old or younger. Tickets are available at the venue. 

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION: The single-elimination tournament features four teams in each of the four divisions. Below are the pairings and time schedule of games. 

Division 4
Thursday, June 16 

Noon - Aquinas (22-1) vs. Lake Country Lutheran/Univ. Lake (15-3-1) 
2 p.m. - Oostburg (24-1-3) vs. The Prairie School (21-4) 
Saturday, June 18
10:05 a.m. - Championship Game 

Division 3
Thursday, June 16

5 p.m. - Seymour (16-4-6) vs. Belleville/New Glarus (22-2-2)
7 p.m. - Notre Dame (23-2-3) vs. Catholic Memorial (21-1-2)
Saturday, June 18
12:05 p.m. - Championship Game 

Division 2
Friday, June 17 

Noon - Pulaski (17-4-1) vs. Oregon (16-3-4) 
2 p.m. - Homestead (17-5-1) vs. Waukesha West (20-1-2)
Saturday, June 18
3:05 p.m. - Championship Game 

Division 1
Friday, June 17

5 p.m. - Eau Claire Memorial (23-1) vs. Madison West (13-6-3)
7 p.m. - Divine Savior Holy Angels (15-6-3) vs. Muskego (17-3-6)
Saturday, June 18
5:05 p.m. - Championship Game


SEMIFINAL GAMES STREAMED LIVE:  The semifinals of all four divisions of the WIAA State Girls Soccer Tournament will be streamed live on the WIAA.TV portal of the NFHS Network on a consumer subscription basis. To purchase a subscription to the live programming, log-on to www.wiaa.tv or www.nfhsnetwork.com and click on the subscription image in the middle of the page.

FINALS AIRED LIVE ON FS WISCONSIN:  Watch the WIAA State Girls Soccer Tournament finals of all four divisions live on FS Wisconsin. Check local cable listings for the channel in your area. The tournament finals will also be streamed live on the FoxSportGo app. 

LAST YEAR:  D.C. Everest won the Division 1 championship by shutting out Kettle Moraine 1-0 in the final in two overtimes. Oregon captured the Division 2 crown by blanking Green Bay Southwest 3-0 in the championship game. In Division 3, Catholic Memorial won its fourth straight title, defeating Notre Dame by a 2-1 tally, and Aquinas was the champion in Division 4 by virtue of a 3-2 advantage in a shootout after a 0-0 tie with Lake Country Lutheran/University Lake in the championship game. 

DIVISION 1 NOTES:  Madison West is tied for the third-most appearances in the State Tournament, this being the 13th. In addition, the Regents have won the third-most championships with five, capturing crowns in 1988, 1991, 1999, 2000 and in their most recent State appearance in 2012. They also have a runner-up finish in 1995. They are the representatives from the Kettle Moraine Sectional, advancing through the bracket with a 4-1 win over Kettle Moraine in the sectional final. The Regents finished third in the Big Eight Conference this spring. Eau Claire Memorial has qualified for State for the ninth time and for the first time since 2013. The Old Abes compiled four straight appearances from 2005-2008. That string produced a runner-up finish in 2005, which is the closest they’ve come to winning the elusive State title. They are the representatives from the D.C. Everest Sectional, advancing with a 5-3 victory over Kimberly in the final. The Old Abes are the champions of the Big Rivers Conference this year.  Muskego has qualified for the third year in a row, which also accounts for the Warriors’ overall total. They are attempting to advance past the semifinal round for the first time. The Warriors advance to State by virtue of a 4-2 advantage in a shootout with Kenosha Tremper after the two teams battled to a 0-0 tie in the West Allis Hale Sectional final. They placed fourth in the Classic Eight Conference this season. Divine Savior Holy Angels qualifies for the State Tournament for the eighth time overall and for the second time in the last three seasons. The Dashers won the title in their most recent appearance in 2014 and won back-to-back championships in 2008-09. This season, they tied Brookfield Central for the top spot in the Greater Metro Conference. The Dashers advance to the State semifinals through the Arrowhead Sectional with 2-1 win over Neenah in the final. 

DIVISION 2 NOTES:  Defending champion Oregon makes its second appearance in the State Tournament with sights on a repeat title. The Panthers earned the opportunity to continue their quest following a 1-0 victory over Milton in the Waunakee Sectional final. They are the champions of the South Division of the Badger Conference this season. Homestead qualifies for the State Tournament for the 11th time and for the first time since finishing runner-up in Division 1 in 2010. The Highlanders have won Division 1 championships in 1992, 1995 and 2007, and were also runners-up in 1993 and 2006. This spring, they won the North Shore Conference championship. Their road to State was paved through the Cedarburg Sectional after defeating Oshkosh North 1-0 in the final. Waukesha West qualifies in Division 2 for the second time in the past three seasons. The Wolverines were the runners-up in their most recent appearance in 2014. They are making their 10th appearance overall. They recorded runner-up finishes in Division 1 in 2009, 2011 and 2013. The Wolverines are the champions of the Classic Eight Conference this year, and they have qualified out of the Whitefish Bay Sectional with a 4-0 win over New Berlin West in the final. Pulaski will make its first appearance since its only other experience in 2004 when the Red Raiders fell in the quarterfinals of the Division 1 bracket. They remain in title contention following a 4-3 win over River Falls in the final played at Marshfield. The Red Raiders finished fourth in the Fox River Classic Conference this season.

DIVISION 3 NOTES:  Catholic Memorial has won four straight championships, two in Division 2 in 2012 and 2013, and the past two years in Division 3. The Crusaders make their 11th straight appearance in the State Tournament and their 12th overall. Their impressive streak of success includes eight championships and two runner-up finishes over the span of the last 12 years, having won championships in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and again last year. The Crusaders beat Grafton 8-0 in the sectional final they hosted to advance to the semifinals. They finished third in the Classic Eight Conference this season. Last year’s runner-up Notre Dame qualifies for the 10th time. The Tritons have been State runners-up four times and are still in pursuit of their first title. They fell in the Division 2 finals in 2002, 2003 and 2011, and in Division 3 last season. They are the champions of the sectional they hosted with a 5-1 win over Xavier in the final. The Tritons finished atop the standings in the Fox River Classic Conference this spring. Belleville/New Glarus is making its second appearance in the State Tournament. The Sugar River Raiders’ only other experience came in 2004, which resulted in a loss in the semifinals. Last weekend, they defeated West Salem 2-0 in the Mount Horeb Sectional final to return to the State semifinals. They are the runners-up in the Capitol Conference this season. Seymour will be making it first appearance in the State Tournament following a 5-0 defeat of Osceola in the Rice Lake Sectional final. The Thunder finished third in the Bay Conference standings this season.

DIVISION 4 NOTES: Defending champion Aquinas is making its sixth appearance at State. Prior to claiming the championship last season, the Blugolds’ most notable experience in the State Tournament was their Division 3 runner-up finish in 2005. They are the champions of the Mississippi Valley Conference this spring. The Blugolds advanced through the Stevens Point Sectional, capped with a 5-1 win over Northland Pines in the final. Last year’s runner-up Lake Country Lutheran/University Lake School is making its third State appearance. The Lightning won the Division 3 championship in its other appearance in 2012. It is also noted that the co-op program qualified twice when it included Trinity Academy in 2013 and 2014. On each of those occasions, the co-op fell in the semifinals. This year, the Lightning advances to State with a 2-0 win over Columbus in the Winnebago Lutheran Sectional final. They placed second in the Midwest Classic Conference during the regular season. The Prairie School will be participating in the State Tournament for the first time since finishing runner-up in Division 3 in 2013 and for the sixth time overall. The Hawks have been runners-up five times, including 2003, 2004, 2010, 2012 and 2013. They defeated Kettle Moraine Lutheran 4-0 in the sectional final hosted by the Hawks. They are the champions of the Metro Classic Conference this spring. Oostburg makes its second appearance in the State Tournament. The only other experience for the Flying Dutchmen in the tourney came in Division 3 in 2012. They fell in the semifinals that season. Their return comes as a result of a convincing 8-0 decision over Roncalli in the Valders Sectional final. They placed runner-up in the Big East Conference this year.

NEED RESULTS?:  The quickest way to get results will be to access the girls soccer home page on the WIAA website:  www.wiaawi.org/Sports/GirlsSoccer.aspx and choose the appropriate link.

SELECT IS THE OFFICIAL BALL:  The Select “Royale” soccer ball is the official ball of the 2016 Girls Soccer State Tournament. For more information on Select soccer items, access the Select website at: 
www.selectsportamerica.com.

FOLLOW STATE MEET ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Receive updates of the State Girls 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, and add us on Snapchat at wiaawis.

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Release by WIAA Communications

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