Despite a powerful season and sights on semistate, the Castle girls soccer season is over.
With a 13-2 record, the Knights, ranked seventh in the state, entered sectional competition on sturdy ground. The sectional hosted at Castle kicked off with a match up between Memorial (14-3) and Boonville (6-11) on Tuesday, Oct. 4. The Pioneers fell to the Tigers, 8-0, setting up the match up between Memorial and Castle on Thursday. The evening kicked off with a game featuring Jasper and Harrison, where the Wildcats knocked the Warriors off the bracket.
The Knights met the fifth-ranked Tigers, with two casualties already felt in the sectional. Despite a battle, the Tigers fired a goal in each half that the Knights couldn’t stop and the season ended for the Knights with a 2-0 loss against one of the only two teams to best them in the regular season.
In the end, Memorial bested Jasper with a 6-0 win and will face Bloomington South on Wednesday, Oct. 12 in the regional semifinal. The winner of that game will challenge the winner of a match up between Terre Haute North or Evansville North on Saturday, Oct. 15 in the regional championship.
Castle girls soccer isn’t new to the challenge of the Tigers. For the two years prior, the Knights have found a way to overcome Memorial’s might, first in 2015 with a 3-0 win over the Tigers in the sectional championship before advancing to semistate competition. Prior to 2015, the Castle and Memorial were divided in separate sectionals. Still, in 2014 the Knights bested the Tigers with a 2-1 regional win, which led Castle to a semistate appearance against Carmel.
However, in 2012 and 2013, the Knights were held back from advancing by the Tigers in regional competition. In 2012, Memorial bested Castle, 1-0 and in 2013, the game was decided by penalty kicks, where the Tigers took a 2-1 win over the Knights.
In boys competition, the sectional hosted at Memorial kicked off Monday, Oct. 3 with a match up between Harrison and Jasper, where the Warriors were again knocked off the map by the Wildcats in a 6-1 win. On Wednesday, Oct. 5, Boonville and Castle squared off, where the Knights bested the Pioneers, 2-1. Later that evening, Memorial overtook Jasper with a 2-0 win over the Wildcats. The Knights and the Tigers were the only two teams left standing for the sectional championship on Saturday, Oct. 8. The Knights gave the Tigers a fight, but were silenced with a 2-1 win in the end.
The boys regionals mirror the girls regional matchups. Memorial will face Bloomington South on Wednesday, Oct. 12 in the regional semifinal. The winner of that game will challenge the winner of a match up between Terre Haute North or Evansville North on Saturday, Oct. 15 in the regional championship.