Five state sides are off to Burlington, Iowa, this weekend for the fifth annual Tournament of Champions, a 32-team event featuring some of the top girls soccer teams from Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri and Iowa.
Milwaukee DSHA and Middleton are both in Bracket A, which appears to be the strongest of the three eight-team brackets.
The Dashers (4-2-0), who moved back into the ESPNHS Powerade Fab 50 national rankings this week at No. 49, open tournament play at 1 p.m. Friday against Plainfield North (Ill.), which is 39th in the Fab 50. Then at 8 a.m. Saturday is a matchup against Ankeny, ranked second among Iowa's large schools, or defending Illinois Class 3A state champion Granite City.
On the other side of the bracket, Middleton (5-2-0) takes on Normal Community (Ill.) on Friday and will play Webster Groves Nerinx Hall, ranked third among Missouri's large schools, or St. Charles North (Ill.) on Saturday. The placement matches are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
Fifth-ranked Waunakee (7-0-2) is playing in one of the two round-robin divisions at the tournament, with two matches on Friday.
The Warriors will face West Des Moines Valley, Iowa's third-ranked large school, at 11 a.m. and Lockport (Ill.) at 6:30 p.m., then close out the event at 9:45 a.m. Saturday against Visitation Academy – the Vivettes are ranked second among Missouri's medium-sized schools and have won the past two Missouri State High School Activities Association Class 2 state titles.
Schofield D.C. Everest (6-3-2) plays Belleville West (Ill.) at 2:45 p.m. Friday in a Bracket B opener, then faces either Pekin (Ill.) or Maryland Heights Pattonville (Mo.) at 9:45 a.m. Saturday before a 3:15 p.m. placement match.
In Bracket C, Racine Horlick (4-3-0) squares off against Glenbrook North (Ill.) at 4:30 p.m. Friday. The Rebels will play Jefferson City (Mo.) or Peoria Christian (Ill.) at 11:15 a.m. Saturday ahead of a 5 p.m. placement game.
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