There’s always excitement in soccer and 2010 was no exception. Wichita teams played hard, with several high school teams advancing to the State Tournament and a club team winning the Kansas State Cup and almost reaching nationals. Trinity Academy claimed a state championship and the U. S. men’s soccer team provided plenty of excitement of their own, moving to the knockout round in the World Cup Finals.
High school girls soccer teams started 2010 off with a bang. Wichita East and Kapaun Mount Carmel both won their brackets of the Titan Classic tournament on penalty kicks. And after an exciting season, five Wichita area teams won their regional tournaments.
In girls Class 6-A, Wichita Heights defeated Wichita East to win their regional championship before losing to Garden City in the Quartefinals. Maize defeated Derby to win their regional championship, then beat Manhattan 3-2 in their quartefinal match to advance to state. They lost to Blue Valley West before defeating Garden City 3-0 to take 3rd place at the State Championship tournament.
In girls Class 5-1A, Trinity Academy defeated Hutchinson to win their regional tournament. They lost to Salina Central 3-0 in the Quarterfinals. Andover Central defeated Buhler to win their regional tournament before losing to Kapaun Mount Carmel in the Quarterfinals. Kapaun Mount Carmel defeated Hays to win their regional tournament, then defeated Andover Central to advance to State. The Crusaders defeated Topeka Hayden 5-2 before losing a heartbreaker to St. Thomas Aquinas by a score of 2-1 in the State Championship. The Crusaders finished second in State.
In the summer, the U17 boys club team, WSO Thunder, won the Kansas State Cup and moved on to the Regional tournament. At Regionals, they made it to the championship game before losing. They lost 3-2 to St. Louis Scott Gallagher Premier and fell one game short of making it to the national tournament.
In international action, 2010 was the year for the World Cup Finals. Despite a few key injuries, the U.S. fielded a strong team and generated more interest in soccer. The U.S. was in Group C, along with England, Slovenia and Algeria. The first match against England had many sub-plots; regardless, the U.S. held it’s own and earned a 1-1 draw against the higher ranked Brits. In the second match against Slovenia, the U.S. fought back from a 2-0 deficit to earn a 2-2 draw. A bad call by the referee denied the U.S. the go-ahead goal. In their third match against Algeria, the U.S. again had a goal disallowed on a bad call, but scored a dramatic goal in the closing minutes to win 1-0. With the victory, the U.S. won Group C. In the knockout round the U.S. played a tough Ghana team, but they could not pull off another dramatic win. All things considered, the U.S. played respectably in the World Cup Finals. Spain showed why they were the top ranked team for most of the year, fighting off different strategies from their opponents. Spain defeated the Netherlands 1-0, winning their first World Cup Finals Championship in dramatic fashion.
Manchester United traveled to Kansas City to play against the Wizards. Although it was simply an exhibition match for Manchester United, the Wizards surprised many and won the match.
In the fall, the boys high school soccer season became the focus.
After losing their first game, Wichita Northwest notched 18 consecutive victories to win the City League, their regional tournament and their quarterfinal match to reach State. They lost to Blue Valley North, 1-0, before defeating Dodge City to take 3rd place in State. In other Class 6-A action, Wichita Heights won two overtime games on the road to reach the Quarterfinals before losing to Wichita Northwest 4-0. Wichita Southeast beat Maize 2-0 to win their regional tournament, but they lost their quartefinal match to Dodge City by a score of 4-0.
In Class 5-A, Bishop Carroll surprised two good teams in the regional tournament, beating higher ranked Hays and Newton teams on the road to reach the Quarterfinals. They lost to Liberal in the Quarterfinals, 4-1. Kapaun Mount Carmel defeated Andover Central to win their Regional tournament, then went on to beat Salina Central 2-1 in the Quartefinals to advance to State. They lost a St. Thomas Aquinas, 1-0, then moved on to the consolation game where they beat Topeka Seaman 2-0 to win 3rd place in State.
In Class 4-1A, Maize South won their regional tournament, beating Berean Academy 1-0 to move to the Quarterfinals, where they lost to Trinity Academy, 1-0, in overtime. In only their second year of existence, Maize South finished 12-6-1, one win away from State. Rose Hill deafeated Thomas More Prep in thier regional tournament, then beat a good Spring Hill team in the Quarterfinals to advance to State. A win against Bonner Springs advanced them to the State title game against Trinity; but they eventually lost and took home 2nd in State. Trinity Academy defeated Maize South in the Quarterfinals, then defeated St. James Academy and Rose Hill at State to claim the State Championship title.
Congratulations to all soccer teams in the Wichita area for playing hard all season. Congratulations, especially, to Trinity Academy for bringing a State title home to Wichita. There will certainly be more soccer excitement in 2011.
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