Boys soccer draw: Rochester draws stingy No. 4 Concordia, would play Manchester or CMA in semis
Argos draws Valley, Canterbury awaits winner; Winamac gets NM while Caston draws Culver
BY VAL TSOUTSOURIS
Sports Editor, RTC
Rochester, Tippecanoe Valley, Argos
The Rochester boys soccer team drew Fort Wayne Concordia in the Class 2A, Sectional 22 quarterfinals at Fort Wayne Canterbury.
That gives them nine days to try to figure out a way to score against them.
Known for their stingy defense, Fort Wayne Concordia has compiled a 10-2-3 record, and coaches have recognized them with the No. 4 ranking in this week’s poll. They have allowed just 10 goals in their 15 games.
They have won their last five games all by shutout and have outscored their opponents 18-0 in those games.
Elijah Macke has scored 21 of the Cadets’ 46 goals.
Meanwhile, Rochester is 6-7 and coming off a 6-0 win over Culver on Tuesday. Zach Pickens leads Rochester with 18 goals.
The Rochester-Fort Wayne Concordia game will start at 5 p.m. Oct. 5. A quarterfinal between Manchester and Culver Academy will start at approximately 7 p.m. Oct. 5, and the winners return for the semifinals at 7 p.m. Oct. 6.
In the other half of the seven-team bracket at Fort Wayne Canterbury, Tippecanoe Valley and Argos will meet at 6 p.m. Oct. 4 in the quarterfinals. This is believed to be the first ever meeting between varsity squads from Valley and Argos.
Valley’s varsity team beat the Argos JV 5-1 on Tuesday.
The Valley-Argos winner will meet Fort Wayne Canterbury in the semifinals at 5 p.m. Oct. 6. The top-ranked Cavaliers received a bye. A potential Argos-Fort Wayne Canterbury matchup would feature the 2020 Class 1A runner-up Dragons against the 2020 Class 2A runners-up. Both teams are in Class 2A per the IHSAA Success Factor.
Caston, Culver, Winamac
Class 1A, Sectional 36, which features a four-team field, will begin on Oct. 6 at Caston.
Winamac will meet North Miami at 6 p.m., and Culver and Caston will follow at 8 p.m.
Winamac beat North Miami 3-0 on Sept. 2 in their regular season meeting. Caston topped Culver 2-0 on Sept. 20.
Caston has won six in a row since a 1-5-1 start. Winamac is also 7-5-1. Caston travels to Winamac this Thursday in a game that will decide the Hoosier North title.
A potential rematch would occur in the sectional final.
Caston has never won a boys soccer sectional title. Culver has not won one since 1994. Winamac’s only sectional title came in 2001.