The TSSAA State Soccer Tournament begins Wednesday in Murfreesboro at Richard Siegel Soccer Complex.
Division I teams will play quarterfinal and semifinal matchups on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. Division II will play semifinal contests on Friday. All finals are scheduled for Saturday.
Here are some things to watch at this year’s state tourney.
Fun to watch: The most intriguing bracket may be Class A-AA, led by Page and Christ Presbyterian Academy.
Page (15-6-2) is matched up with Jackson Christian (19-5) at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, and CPA (16-2-1) will square off with Chattanooga Christian at 7 p.m.
Region 6A-AA champion CPA is 15-0-1 in its last 16 games since dropping its first two matches of the year, and enters Wednesday’s action coming off a 2-1 win over White House Heritage in sectional play that required a game-winning goal from senior Olivia Ball in the 67th minute.
Meanwhile, Page took down White House 4-3 in sectional play, needing penalty kicks to keep its season alive.
Long streak snapped: It has been more than 20 years since a girls soccer team from Williamson County has failed to reach the girls soccer state tournament. That streak continued this week, with BGA earning a trip to the DII-A semifinals.
In fact, since the TSSAA was divided into Division I and Division II in 1997, there hasn’t been a single Class AAA tournament that didn’t involve either Franklin (12 appearances), Brentwood (7) or Ravenwood (5).
That streak ended this season.
Region 6-AAA champion Independence (12-1-1) was beaten by Hendersonville in Saturday’s sectional match, while District 11-AAA champion Brentwood (11-2-5) suffered a 2-1 sectional loss to defending Class AAA champion Clarksville.
Clarksville (21-4), led by reigning Tennessean Girls Player of the Year Salera Jordan, will look to capture its second straight Class AAA championship. The District 10-AAA and Region 5-AAA champion Lady Wildcats will square off with Hardin Valley (16-3-2) at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Hendersonville (15-4-3), making its first state tournament appearance since 2006, will face unbeaten Houston (19-0) on Wednesday at 4:30.
District 6-AAA champion Cookeville (17-3-2) will take on Collierville at 6:30 p.m., while District 8-AAA and Region 4-AAA champion Lincoln County (15-4-1) will face Maryville (16-5-2) at 7 p.m.
Semifinalists: Ensworth and Battle Ground Academy will be the only two teams representing Division II at this year’s state tournament.
BGA comes in with an 11-8-3 record, but the Wildcats won their last five games to earn a DII-A opening-round game with St. George’s at 4 p.m. Friday.
Ensworth (15-1-1) will have to take down one of its rivals if it wants to make it to the state championship match in DII-AA. The Lady Tigers are matched up with rival Baylor at 6:30 p.m. Friday. They’ll look to continue their hot play — it’s been more than a month since they lost.
Michael Murphy contributed to this article. Reach Sam Brown at 615-259-8232 and on Twitter @SamBrownTN.
TSSAA State Soccer Tournament Schedule
At Richard Siegel Soccer Complex, Murfreesboro)
4 p.m. – Hardin Valley (16-3-2) vs. Clarksville (21-4)
4:30 – Houston (19-0) vs. Hendersonville (15-4-3)
6:30 – Collierville (14-4-1) vs. Cookeville (17-3-2)
7:00 – Lincoln County (15-4-1) vs. Maryville (16-5-2)
4 p.m. – Hardin Valley/Clarksville winner vs. Collierville/Cookeville winner
6:30 – Houston/Hendersonville winner vs. Lincoln County/Maryville winner
1:30 p.m. – Championship
4 p.m. – Notre Dame (11-7-3) vs. Greeneville (22-2)
4:30 – CAK (18-4) vs. Lexington (15-4-2)
6:30 – Page (15-6-2) vs. Jackson Christian (19-5)
7:00 – Chattanooga Christian (15-5-3) vs. CPA (15-2-1)
4 p.m. – Notre Dame/Greeneville winner vs. Page/Jackson Christian winner
6:30 – CAK/Lexington winner vs. Chattanooga Christian/CPA winner
11 a.m. – Championship
6 p.m. – GPS (10-3-2) vs. Briarcrest (16-2-1)
6:30 – Baylor (11-4-3) vs. Ensworth (15-1-1)
6:30 p.m. – Championship
4 p.m. – BGA (11-8-3) vs. St. George’s (9-7-4)
4 p.m. – USJ (17-4) vs. ECS (15-3)
4 p.m. – Championship