The third week of October marks the start of the boys soccer postseason in Michigan and the greater Kalamazoo area has a number of strong teams and interesting matches ahead. Below will be a look at the schedules and favorites for seven districts over the four divisions. But first, let’s look at the soccer broadcast schedule for the Slocum Sports Network.
The Slocum Sports Network is set to cover four districts in four days, along with a district final to be named later. Now, let’s look at what lies ahead in the area.
(NOTE: The overall record for some schools is not currently available. Any rankings mentioned come from the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association rankings for the week of October 9.
DIVISION 1, DISTRICT 3 (Hosted by Battle Creek Lakeview)
|Tue||#19 Jackson (17-2-2)||Okemos (N/A)||6:30 PM|
|Tue||Loy Norrix (8-11-1)||Kalamazoo Central (9-6-3)||6:00 PM|
|Tue||BC Lakeview (5-10-3)||Portage Northern (11-7-3)||6:00 PM|
|Tue||Holt (10-8-1)||#4 Portage Central (14-2-3)||6:00 PM|
|Thur||Semi 1||at Lakeview||5:00 PM|
|Thur||Semi 2||at Lakeview||6:45 PM|
|Sat||Final||at Lakeview||12:00 PM|
OUTLOOK: The winner of this district will be very well tested, which is good, considering #1 ranked Ann Arbor Skyline likely awaits in the Regional semifinal. SMAC Champion Portage Central is the highest ranked team and holds wins over Portage Northern, Loy Norrix, and Lakeview, but fell to Kalamazoo Central.
The Maroon Giants haven’t beaten Portage Northern, but hold wins over the other SMAC rivals, while the Huskies have beaten everyone but PC. Meanwhile, Jackson won at Okemos 2-1 in their earlier meeting and also downed Holt twice, with Okemos holding a win over Holt as well. Listen online to the semifinals of this district live Thursday on the Slocum Sports Network.
DIVISION 2, DISTRICT 17 (Hosted by St. Joseph)
|Tue||Edwardsburg (14-2-3)||Three Rivers (4-14-1)||4:30 PM|
|Tue||Sturgis (10-7-2)||Niles (8-10-2)||6:00 PM|
|Tue||#19 St. Joseph (9-4-5)||#11 Mattawan (12-4-4)||6:00 PM|
|Tue||Vicksburg (3-16)||Lakeshore (11-9-1)||6:00 PM|
|Thur||Semifinal 1||at St. Joseph||5:00 PM|
|Thur||Semifinal 1||at St. Joseph||7:00 PM|
|Sat||Final||at St. Joseph||6:00 PM|
OUTLOOK: Right away, the two ranked squads meet with defending state champion Mattawan and St. Joseph. Last week, the Wildcats had an emphatic 5-1 SMAC tournament win over the Bears, although St. Joe won 2-1 back when they met in early September. The winner likely faces Lakeshore in the semifinals and the Lancers own wins over both of their league rivals, despite being unranked.
Niles defeated Sturgis 3-1 in a late August meeting. Edwardsburg crushed Three Rivers two weeks ago and beat Niles 3-2 in August, but had a 2-2 draw with Sturgis last week. The Eddies also tied St. Joseph and defeated Lakeshore in earlier contests.
DIVISION 2, DISTRICT 18 (Hosted by Gull Lake)
|Mon||#10 Plainwell (15-3-3)||Hastings (N/A)||6:00 PM|
|Mon||BC Central (1-13-1)||Otsego (9-7)||6:00 PM|
|Mon||Harper Creek (N/A)||Pennfield (10-7-1)||6:00 PM|
|Mon||Gull Lake (8-8-1)||Allegan (7-7-2)||6:00 PM|
|Wed||Semi 1||at Gull Lake||5:30 PM|
|Wed||Semi 2||at Gull Lake||7:00 PM|
|Sat||Final||at Gull Lake||5:00 PM|
OUTLOOK: The likely Plainwell/Otsego semifinal would be a rematch from Thursday, where the Trojans took a 1-0 victory and claimed the Wolverine Conference title. On the other end, Gull Lake has some momentum after a win over Division 4 #2 Hackett Catholic in their season finale.
If Allegan gets by the Blue Devils, the Tigers have beaten Otsego, but lost to Plainwell. Pennfield has topped Harper Creek twice, although it was a 3-2 affair last week in the Interstate 8 tournament. Listen online live to the semifinals Wednesday on the Slocum Sports Network.
DIVISION 2, DISTRICT 19 (Hosted by Coldwater)
|Tue||Charlotte (N/A)||Eaton Rapids (8-10-1)||6:00 PM|
|Tue||#6 Marshall (18-2-1)||Parma Western (10-8-1)||6:00 PM|
|Tue||#7 Coldwater (17-3-1)||Jackson Northwest (N/A)||6:00 PM|
|Thur||Semi 1||at Coldwater||5:00 PM|
|Thur||Coldwater/Northwest||Mason (N/A)||7:15 PM|
|Sat||Final||at Coldwater||11:00 AM|
OUTLOOK: Signs point to a possible third meeting between Marshall and Coldwater in Saturday’s final. The Redhawks have beaten Coldwater 2-1 twice, including in last week’s Interstate 8 championship. The hypothetical third match would be at Coldwater, while the first two were at Marshall. The Redhawks hold wins over both Western and Charlotte, with Western falling in a tight 1-0 tournament game last week to Coldwater. Eaton Rapids downed Charlotte 5-1 the first time they met.
Coldwater crushed Jackson Northwest 7-0 earlier in the season, but hasn’t played Mason. Of note, Mason faced Marshall and lost a tight 2-1 affair last month. Listen online to Tuesday’s Marshall/Western match (and quite possibly Saturday’s district final) on the Slocum Sports Network.
DIVISION 3, DISTRICT 34 (Hosted by Comstock)
|Mon||#19 Paw Paw (5-6-5)||Parchment (N/A)||6:00 PM|
|Mon||Hopkins (N/A)||#13 Delton Kellogg (12-3-2)||5:00 PM|
|Mon||Comstock (19-2)||#20 Fennville (9-5-4)||6:00 PM|
|Wed||Semi 1||at TBD?||TBA|
|Sat||Final||at Comstock||5:00 PM|
OUTLOOK: Although unranked, Comstock has the best overall record within the district. They meet Fennville for the first time Monday, with both Fennville and Comstock holding victories over Schoolcraft.
The other side of the bracket have no previous meetings against each other. Delton Kellogg has beaten Comstock (3-1) and Schoolcraft (2-0), with a scoreless draw against Fennville. Comstock holds a 3-2 win over Parchment. Listen to Monday’s Comstock/Fennville match live online on the Slocum Sports Network.
DIVISION 4, DISTRICT 51 (Hosted by Bloomingdale)
|Mon||Howardsville Christian (17-0-2)||Cassopolis (12-6)||5:00 PM|
|Mon||Lawton (6-9)||Gobles (N/A)||6:00 PM|
|Mon||Heritage Christian (N/A)||Marcellus (N/A)||5:00 PM|
|Wed||Semifinal 1||at Bloomingdale (9-9)||5:00 PM|
|Sat||Final||at Bloomingdale||12:00 PM|
OUTLOOK: Although unranked, Howardsville Christian’s unbeaten record immediately leaps out. Their match with Cassopolis likely determines the district champion and two weeks ago, Howardsville Christian topped the Rangers 3-1. Lawton mauled Gobles in earlier meetings, but lost 5-1 last week to Cassopolis. Bloomingdale crushed Marcellus in earlier meetings, but lost to Cassopolis 5-2 earlier.
DIVISION 4, DISTRICT 52 (Hosted by Bellevue)
|Mon||#2 Hackett Catholic (14-1-3)||Lakeside (N/A)||5:30 PM|
|Mon||Maple Valley (N/A)||Potterville (N/A)||5:30 PM|
|Mon||Bellevue (N/A)||Calhoun Christian||5:30 PM|
|Wed||#15 Kalamazoo Christian (9-6-2)||Bellevue/Calhoun||7:00 PM|
|Wed||Semi 1||at Bellevue||5:30 PM|
|Sat||Final||at Bellevue||1:00 PM|
OUTLOOK: No team in the area is ranked higher in their division than Hackett Catholic and they’ll likely meet crosstown rival Kalamazoo Christian in Saturday’s final. Hackett dropped K-Christian 6-0 in their regular season meeting. The Comets probably have Calhoun Christian in the semifinal, as Calhoun destroyed Bellevue 8-0 in September.