The inaugural Best of the Midwest Soccer Showcase will feature a lineup of state-, regionally- and even nationally-ranked boys soccer programs on Saturday.
The one-day showcase, which will be held at the College Boulevard Athletic Complex in Olathe, includes seven teams from Kansas and seven more from Missouri — with 11 of the 14 soccer programs ranked in their respective state polls.
Olathe East, 12-0, headlines the bunch as the No. 9 team in the nation, per the USA Today/National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll. Shane Kopplin leads the unbeaten Hawks with eight goals, and Adrian Blanco has seven this season.
A matchup between Rockhurst and Christian Brothers College will further highlight the seven-game slate. CBC is ranked No. 1 in the Missouri Soccer Coaches Association poll, and Rockhurst is No. 2.
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The ranked teams will be a theme Saturday. Over the nine-hour span on Saturday, seven of the top-eight teams in the Kansas High School Soccer Coaches Association state poll will play. Shawnee Mission East, ranked second in the state behind Olathe East, is also unbeaten through 12 matches.
Best of the Midwest schedule
(Saturday at College Boulevard Athletic Complex in Olathe)
Noon: Park Hill South vs. Washburn Rural
2:15 p.m.: Olathe Northwest vs. Lee’s Summit North
4:30 p.m.: Rockhurst vs. Christian Brothers College
7 p.m.: Olathe East vs. St. Thomas Aquinas
1 p.m.: Blue Valley Southwest vs. Grain Valley
3:15 p.m.: SM East vs. Lee’s Summit
6 p.m.: Bishop Miege vs. Barstow