Tom's pick: Apollo and Tech continue boys, girls soccer rivalry

Tom's pick: Apollo and Tech continue boys, girls soccer rivalry

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Tom's pick: Apollo and Tech continue boys, girls soccer rivalry

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The city of St. Cloud has a long history of competitive soccer programs, getting into the sport well before most places north of the Twin Cities.

The city’s two public school programs, Apollo and Tech, were fielding boys and girls teams long before the Central Lakes Conference sponsored the sport (1997 for girls, 2000 for boys).

The teams meet in a girls-boys doubleheader at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Apollo’s Michie Field.

Tech and Apollo’s girls programs play at 5 p.m. The boys play at 7 p.m. It’s an interesting early season match-up.

Tech’s girls are 0-1 in the conference, 0-3 overall after wining the CLC for the second straight season in 2011. It was the Tigers’ eighth conference championship. The others were in 2003, ’01, ’00, 1999, ’98 and ’97. They were second in ’04.

Apollo’s girls are 1-1 in the CLC, 2-2 overall. Apollo won its only conference title in 2002 and finished second in ’09, ’05 and 1997.

Both boys programs are undefeated in conference play.

Tech is 1-0 in the CLC, 3-0 overall. The Tigers have wins over Monticello (3-1), Rogers (2-0) and Brainerd (2-1).

Apollo is 2-0 in conference play and 3-1 overall. The Eagles opened with a 2-0 loss to St. Cloud Cathedral and have beaten Blake (3-0), Sartell (2-1) and Sauk Rapids (6-2).

Like the girls, both boys programs have been successful. Tech won CLC titles in ’08, ’04 and ’03 and took second in ’06, ’02, ’01 and ’00.

Apollo won the conference in ’07, ’02, ’01 and ’00.

Expect intense, competitive soccer Tuesday.

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