LAKEVILLE, IN. – The pairings for the 25th Annual IHSAA Boys and Girls Soccer State Tournaments were drawn and announced with 266 girls teams set for competition next week. The IHSAA sectional round begins with 16 sectionals in each of three classes running Oct. 1‐6. Regionals will be played Saturday, Oct. 13, semi‐states are Saturday, Oct. 20 at four sites with the winners advancing to the state championship matches on Oct. 26‐27 in Indianapolis.
LaVille High School will play host to the Class 1A, Sectional #35 girls sectional. One week later, LaVille will be the host school for the Class 1A girls regional at Newton Park.
Coach Daniel Pleninger’s LaVille squad will open play in the first match of the Class 1A, Sectional #35 event at Newton Park. The Lancers (7-9) will face North Miami (6-5-2) and are the defending sectional champs from a year ago.
“North Miami appears to be a very average team with a below average schedule,” said LaVille head girls soccer coach Daniel Pleninger. “They haven’t played anyone ranked in the top 20 of any class this year. I would expect a traditional formation out of them like a 4-4-2 and I expect them to play really hard for the entire game. I watched their Sectional game against Argos last year and they did not give up the entire game. I expect them to attack with a
lot of through balls down the middle of the field.”
Of the nine losses on the Lancer schedule, three were against Class 2A, No.7-ranked Mishawaka Marian and Class 2A, No.15-ranked Culver Academy, and Class 2A, No.17-ranked Plymouth – all on the road. A fourth loss came to Class 1A, No.13-ranked Argos.
When asked about the LaVille Sectional field, Pleninger said: “As far as our sectional I think that we have one of the stronger sectionals in the state. Argos and Bremen are the other top teams and I still believe that we are the team to beat. Statistically though Argos is the favorites. Our team has definitely faced some adversity this year because of our tough schedule. We had matches where we beat ourselves with mistakes or had everyone on different pages and our competition made us pay. However, I would go through that adversity again because it has shown us where we need to grow as a team, as individuals, and for me as a coach. That adversity has prepared us for the stress that tournament play brings thankfully everyone gets a shot at the championship regardless of their record. I think the team is putting the pieces together at the right time and truly believing in themselves. The key to advancing will be our communication on the field. If we have 11 players united behind one goal, then we can make a deep run in this tournament. If we 11 players worried about their stats and trying to be a hero all alone, then we are not going to go far.”
LaVille has played three members of the Class 1A, Sectional #35 field. The Lancers defeated Bremen, 6-1, on August 16, dropped a 3-1 decision to Argos on September 13, and defeated Culver Community, 6-1, on September 19.
CLASS 1A, LAVILLE GIRLS SECTIONAL 35
At Newton Park
Tuesday October 2, 2018
5p – North Miami (6-5-2) vs. LaVille (7-9)
7p – Argos (8-6-1) vs. Bremen (7-8)
Thursday October 4, 2018
5p – North Miami-LaVille Winner vs. Argos-Bremen Winner
7p -Rochester Community (8-6) vs. Culver Community (10-5)
Saturday October 6, 2018
2p – Championship
*records based in Maxpreps