> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
The spring travel soccer season is upon us and local teams are preparing for the big kickoff with optimism.
Both Southern Indiana United and the Net-Surfers girls’ soccer club have numerous teams taking part in various leagues.
And some of these — seven to be exact — will be involved at the end of the campaign in Indiana Soccer’s major travel-team tournaments, the draws for which were made recently.
The State Cup is Indiana’s top-tier competition and Net-Surfers ‘94 will be among 16 taking part this year in the U18 section from May 18-20.
The girls, coached by Walter Iglesias, have been drawn with FC Pride, Evansville SC and Columbus Express.
The team is even stronger this year, thanks to the merger of the U18s with the U17s, and they have been hard at practice since January, with several playing indoor at Mockingbird.
Coach Walter Iglesias said he is “very excited” to have such a talented team this year.
“There is a lot of talent and experience on the team,” he said. “After watching both U16 and U17 teams take first and second place last spring, I wanted to merge the teams and get them exposed to a higher level of competition.”
The girls will face top competition this spring in the Indiana Soccer League, and will kick off their league season against Tippecanoe Blue on Saturday, April 7, followed by a home game against Vigo County at John Woehrle Field on Saturday, April 14.
“The girls deserve it,” said Iglesias. “I am very excited about the season and have plans to play additional scrimmages to ensure we are ready to have a good showing during State Cup.”
Meanwhile, three of the area’s teams will take part in the Indiana Presidents Cup.
The event, now in its second year, is a middle-tier competition between the State and Challenge Cup levels.