The Missouri high school girls soccer state championships will be held this week at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City. The Class 2 and Class 1 semifinal and championship matches are set for Wednesday and Thursday, with the Class 4 and Class 3 matches to follow Friday and Saturday.
A local team is guaranteed to at least play for the Missouri Class 4 title, with rivals Lee’s Summit West and Lee’s Summit North matched up in the semifinals at 2 p.m. Friday.
Lee’s Summit North (21-3) knocked off two-time defending champion St. Teresa’s in sectionals and edged Park Hill in the quarterfinals. In four playoff games, Lee’s Summit West (16-5) has yet to concede a goal. Lee’s Summit North beat LS West twice during the regular season.
In search of a third straight title, Notre Dame de Sion will face Washington in the semifinals at 4 p.m. Friday.
Sion (22-0) opened the season winning the prestigious MO-KAN tournament for the first time, and it hasn’t looked back. A record-setting defense has posted 17 shutouts and allowed only five goals in 22 matches.
Meghan Frerking leads the team with 26 goals.
St. Pius X returns to the Final Four for the third straight season after third and second-place finishes the last two years.
The postseason experience has helped St. Pius X in this year’s playoff run. The Warriors (19-6) won their sectional matchup via penalty kicks before edging Pembroke Hill 1-0 in the quarterfinals.
The statistic of the state tournament belongs to Summit Christian Academy forward Kassi Ginther, who has scored an astounding 119 goals this season.
Summit Christian Academy (23-3), which lost in the semifinal round last season, will face Fatima (11-9) at 6 p.m. Wednesday.