Girls soccer sectional preview

Class 2A Jasper Sectional

Local participant: Jasper (11-5-1)
Today’s quarterfinal games
Game 1: Vincennes Lincoln vs. Pike Central, 6 p.m.
Game 2: Princeton vs. Washington, 8 p.m.
Thursday’s semifinal games
Game 3: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 6 p.m.
Game 4: Jasper vs. Gibson Southern, 8 p.m.
Saturday’s championship game
Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 7 p.m.
Last season’s winner: This is a new sectional brought on by girls soccer moving to a three-class postseason system this year. Jasper was previously in the Class 2A Castle Sectional, which was won by Evansville Memorial last year.
Jasper’s leading scorers: Regan Mundy (13 goals), Hannah Love (12 goals), Gabby Budd (11 goals)
Did you know: The Wildcats have not gotten out of the sectional round since 2007, when they made a run to semistate. In fact, Jasper has won its sectional twice this century and both times advanced to semistate, the other being 2005.
From Jasper: “The girls are psyched (to face Gibson Southern). When we lost to them (4-1 on Sept. 23), we weren’t outplayed — we were outscored, but we weren’t outplayed at all. I’d rather, honestly, go into the hardest game first as opposed to going into a weaker game where you settle in a little bit and you’re caught off guard (later). I’m not at all upset. I think it’s a great thing, actually.” — coach Michael Donato

Class 2A Heritage Hills Sectional

Local participant: Heritage Hills (12-4)
Today’s quarterfinal game
Game 1: Boonville vs. Mount Vernon, 6 p.m.
Thursday’s semifinal games
Game 2: Heritage Hills vs. Evansville Bosse, 5 p.m.
Game 3: Winner Game 1 vs. Evansville Memorial, 7 p.m.
Saturday’s championship game
Game 4: Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3, 7 p.m.
Last season’s winner: This is a new sectional brought on by girls soccer moving to a three-class postseason system this year. Heritage Hills was previously in the Class 1A Northeast Dubois Sectional, which the Patriots won last year.
Heritage Hills' leading scorers: Lydia Genet (24 goals), Kerragan Mulzer (21 goals), Kiersten Schuler (seven goals)
Did you know: Heritage Hills has won four sectional titles in the last six seasons, with the only gaps coming in 2015 and 2013. However, the Patriots were unable to advance past the regional round in any of their quartet of appearances.
From Heritage Hills: “We set an attitude at the beginning of the year that it didn’t matter who we played, but how we were going to play. We can only control our actions on the field. My girls have done a really nice job. They really feel whoever they step on the field with like they have a chance. It’s carried over to their style of play, and it’s been nice to watch.” — coach Andy Fischer

Class 1A Forest Park Sectional

Local participants: Forest Park (9-6-1), Northeast Dubois (4-11)
Today’s quarterfinal games
Game 1: Vincennes Rivet vs. Forest Park, 6 p.m.
Game 2: Northeast Dubois vs. North Knox, 7:45 p.m.
Thursday’s semifinal games
Game 3: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 6 p.m.
Game 4: South Knox vs. Washington Catholic, 7:45 p.m.
Saturday’s championship game
Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 7 p.m.
Last season’s winner: This is a new sectional brought on by girls soccer moving to a three-class postseason system this year. Both Forest Park and Northeast Dubois were previously in the Class 1A Northeast Dubois Sectional, which Heritage Hills won last year.
Forest Park’s leading scorers: Denai Sicard (18 goals), Emma Louden (17 goals), Kenlee Gehlhausen (nine goals)
Northeast Dubois’ leading scorers: Amberly Jacob (11 goals), Taylor Neukam (six goals), Lianna Shepard (five goals)
Did you know: This sectional’s first matchup will see Class 1A’s No. 3 team (Rivet) take on the class’ eighth-ranked squad (Forest Park). The Jeeps, meanwhile, pummeled their first-game opponent, North Knox, 8-1 in an Aug. 26 matchup.
From Forest Park: “We’re excited. We know (Rivet is) the top team. They’re one of the top teams in the state. And if we want to win sectional, we’re going to have to go through them sometime. So it might as well be the first game.” — coach Brad Weyer




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