A week of boys and girls soccer sectional action gets moving today with action at several sites.
In Class 2A play, Western and Kokomo square off in the Logansport Boys Sectional at 6 p.m. Another pair of local rivals, Taylor and Northwestern, meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Class A Northwestern Boys Sectional.
On the girls side, Eastern meets Tipton today at the Class A Hamilton Heights Sectional.
Below are previews of sectionals involving Howard County squads.
The Panthers downed the Wildkats 4-2 in the regular season in a competitive game. Western takes a 13-2-1 record into the postseason.
“It was a little closer than 4-2. I think we scored that fourth goal late in the second half,” Western coach Mike Roe said of his team’s victory over Kokomo. “We’ve improved, but we’re expecting that Kokomo has improved as well.
“For us to be competitive [in the sectional], No. 1, we’re going to have to start out and maintain possession, and at the same time we’re going to have to do it with a purpose. We really need to get the ball off our foot and play a fast moving, 1-2-touch game and see if we can’t get these teams on their heels early on.”
Kokomo enters sectional play 6-10.
“Of course [the Panthers] are going to be the favorites, they have more seniors on the squad than we do, they have lots of experience,” Kokomo coach Kismet Morrison said.
“For us, still lots of inexperience on the team. We just need to show up on the day. If we can show up with passion and discipline and concentration I think we’ll be OK. The biggest mistakes the opposition can make is to underestimate us.”
Also at Logansport, the host Berries await the Kats-Panthers winner in Wednesday’s semifinal round with defending champion Marion and sectional newcomer Mississinewa squaring off on the other side of the bracket. The championship is 1 p.m. Saturday.