2017 Metro Cup Opens Illinois High School Soccer Season

Rochester Rockets Grab Late Win at Metro Cup

Grace Brauer of Belleville East holds off a challenge by a Rochester player in the Metro Cup on March 14, 2016


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.

FRIDAY UPDATE

WEDNESDAY UPDATE
PHOTO GALLERY – Edwardsville v Rochester (coming later today)
PHOTO GALLERY – Belleville East v Marquette (coming later today)

The Intelligencer – Edwardsville Rolls to 2nd Straight Victory
The Telegraph – Metro Cup report
RiverBender – Explorers Fall to Lancers
RiverBender – Crabtree Gets 2nd Game Winner

TUESDAY UPDATE

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Juergen Huettner, STLCC Archers Oct 2012

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.

MONDAY UPDATE
PHOTO GALLERY – Waterloo v Belleville West
PHOTO GALLERY – Triad v Springfield
The Intelligencer – Edwardsville opens with Shut Out

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).

Brackets
Adidas Bracket (Large Schools)
Nike Bracket, Page 1
Nike Bracket, Page 2

NIKE Bracket
Day Time Match Notes/Results
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
ADIDAS Bracket
Day Time Match Notes/Results
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)

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