The llinois High School soccer season opens today and the 2017 Metro Cup Tourney always ensures the season starts with a burst of competitive juices for the participating team. There are two brackets, the large school Adidas bracket being played at Edwardsville and Belleville West High Schools and the small school Nike Bracket being played at Columbia and Freeburg High Schools.
PHOTO GALLERY – Edwardsville v Rochester (coming later today)
PHOTO GALLERY – Belleville East v Marquette (coming later today)
Congratulations to Althoff Head Coach Juergen Huettner who won his 200th game in the opening Metro Cup match against Wesclin. Story by BND’s David Wilhelm.
The Class 2A State Champion Rochester Rockets return this year, having won the Adidas Bracket in 2016 to start their title run. They face Belleville East tonight. Nice preview story on the Rockets by Channel 1450 Emphasis on the physical despite the loss of 8 starters. Gotta love the Bill Withers soundtrack LOVELY DAY 🙂
Alton Marquette, who finished Third in the Class 1A tournament, join the big school Adidas bracket, opening at Edwardsville tonight. The Tigers are going to be feisty after their PK loss to Granite City last May ended their season earlier then planned. It will be a good challenge for the Explorers who will be moving up to Class 2A in 2018 due to Illinois Success factor.
Triad ended Springfield’s season last year in the Sectional semifinal (4-3) before falling to Rochester in the Final. Triad and Springfield will open their season tonight followed by Belleville West vs Waterloo.
The Nike Bracket looks like a who’s who from last Spring’s playoffs, with 1A Regional Finalists Columbia, Freeburg, Mater Dei and Gibault all participating. Mater Dei plays at Freeburg tonight while Columbia and Gibault face off at Columbia tonight. Columbia was a Sectional Finalist while Gibault fell to Marquette in the Sectional semifinal.
My tentative plans call for a trip to Belleville West on Monday, then Edwardsville on Wednesday. I’ll be tracking all of the games and providing updates as they become available. If you are on Twitter and attending games, add @SoccerSTL to your tweet and I’ll share some and add the relevant info to this report (goal scorers, GK shutouts, the like)
The schedules are also included in my St. Louis Soccer calendar and both schedules can be downloaded in pdf form (below).
|Monday||17:30||Highland Vs. Freeburg||1-0 OT win for Highland|
|Monday||17:30||Marion Vs. Mascoutah||2-1 Marion|
|Monday||19:30||Columbia Vs. Gibault||6-0 Eagles Jones hat-trick|
|Monday||19:30||Mater Dei Vs. Wesclin||2-0 Wesclin|
|Tuesday||17:30||Highland vs O'Fallon||5-0 O'Fallon G-Stutsman (3) Goerke Kalteis|
|Tuesday||19:30||Wesclin vs. Althoff||6-0 Althoff|
|Wednesday||17:30||Marion vs Alton||1-0 Alton|
|Wednesday||19:30||Mascoutah v Gibault||3-2 Mascoutah|
|Thursday||17:30||Highland v Wesclin||1-0 Highland|
|Thursday||17:30||Freeburg v Mater Dei||at Freeburg HS|
|Thursday||19:30||O'Fallon v Althoff||2-0 Althoff|
|Friday||17:30||Wesclin v Marion||2-1 Marion|
|Friday||18:00||Mater Dei v Gibault||1-0 Gibault|
|Friday||19:30||Alton v Columbia||2-1 Alton|
|Saturday||12:00||Columbia v Marion||7th place at Columbia HS|
|Saturday||14:00||Freeburg v Mascoutah||Consolation Championship at Columbia HS|
|Saturday||16:00||O'Fallon v Columbia||3rd Place at Columbia HS|
|Saturday||18:00||Althoff v Alton||Championship at Columbia HS|
|Monday||18:00||Rochester Vs. Belleville East||2-1 Rockets|
|Monday||18:00||Triad Vs. Springfield||3-0 Knights|
|Monday||20:00||Belleville W. Vs. Waterloo||1-0 BW Grandcola 78th min|
|Monday||20:00||Edwardsville Vs. Alton Marquette||3-0 Tigers|
|Wednesday||18:00||Triad vs. Belleville West||1-0 Triad (3-1 PKs)|
|Wednesday||18:00||Edwardsville vs. Rochester||2-0 Edwardsville|
|Wednesday||20:00||Marquette vs. Belleville East||2-0 Belleville East|
|Wednesday||20:00||Springfield vs. Waterloo||2-1 Springfield|
|Saturday||10:00||Edwardsville v Triad||Championship at Edwardsville HS|
|Saturday||12:00||Marquette v Waterloo||7th Place at Edwardsville HS|
|Saturday||13:30||Rochester v Belleville West||3rd Place at Belleville West HS|
|Saturday||14:00||Belleville East v Springfield||5th Place at Edwardsville HS|
2017 Girls Metro Cup Rules
March 13th-18th, 2017
+ There is a $5 cover charge for games
+ Awards will be presented to 1st and 2nd place in each bracket
+ Teams listed at top of bracket ( Adidas & Nike Bracket ) will be home team and should wear white and visitors will be in their dark jerseys
+ Teams will play two 40 minute halves
+ Tie breakers: 2 – 5 min overtime periods (Golden Goal) followed by Penalty Kick Shootout (IHSA)