Boys and girls soccer pairings announced
A field of 298 boys teams and 258 girls teams, both record highs for the 19th straight year, are entered as pairings for the 19th Annual IHSAA Soccer State Tournaments were announced this morning by the Indiana High School Athletic Association.

Boys sectional action at 64 sites – 32 in each class – will be played Monday, Oct. 1 through Saturday, Oct. 6. Sixteen regional sites – eight in each class – will host two rounds each on Thursday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 13. Semi-states will be played at four sites on Saturday, Oct. 20 in a two-round format with the survivors squaring off in the state championship matches on Saturday, Oct. 27 in Indianapolis.

In Class 2A, the top-ranked Carmel boys team will open against host Lebanon in Sectional 17 while Class A No. 1 Guerin Catholic will host University in Sectional 47. Crown Point, the defending 2A state champion and ranked No. 10, will meet Sectional 4 host Merrillville in its first match. Class A defending champ and No. 5 Fort Wayne Canterbury will play host to Manchester in Sectional 40.

The girls sectionals – 32 in Class 2A and 16 in Class A – will also run Oct. 1-6. Regionals will be played Wednesday, Oct. 10 and Saturday, Oct. 13 with Class 2A matches in a two-round, Wednesday-Saturday format. The Class A contests differ as a one-match affair played that Saturday. Semi-states in both classes will be played Saturday, Oct. 20 in a two-round format with the winners advancing to the two state championship matches on Saturday, Oct. 27.

The Class 2A, No. 1 Carmel girls team, the defending champions, will be tested by No. 10 Westfield in Sectional 17 while Class A top-ranked Lawrenceburg will begin its post-season at home against Union County in the Sectional 44 opener. No. 5 Providence will begin defense of last year's state championship against Southwestern (Hanover) in Sectional 45 at Switzerland County.

Boys Sectionals Dates: Oct. 1, 3, 5, 6, 2012. Admission: $6 per session; $9 all sessions.

The 19th Annual IHSAA Girls Soccer State Tournament

Sectionals

Dates: Oct. 1, 2, 4, 6, 2012.

Admission: $6 per session; $9 all sessions.

Class 2A

1. East Chicago Central (5)

Game 1 – Munster vs. Hammond Clark.

Game 2 – Hammond vs. East Chicago Central.

Game 3 – Hammond Morton vs. Winner of Game 1.

Championship – Winner of Game 2 vs. Winner of Game 3.

2. Highland (4) Game 1 – Griffith vs. Highland. Game 2 – Lake Central vs. Hammond Gavit. Championship – Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2.

3. Portage (4) Game 1 – Portage vs. Chesterton. Game 2 – Valparaiso vs. Hobart. Championship – Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2.

4. Crown Point (4)