A 6-0 win in the Class 1 Semifinal on Saturday by Southern Boone over New Covenant Academy pushed the Eagles one step closer to history. The Eagles improved to 19-0 and will now play Whitfield this Friday for the Class 1 State Championship. Southern Boone coach Wade Vandelicht says the history-making season has come in the middle of uncertainty thanks to COVID-19.
The Eagles offense has overwhelmed many opponents this season as they average just over four goals a game. Vandelicht says their goal-scoring depth has been a strength this season.
Meanwhile, Southern Boone’s defense has been strong this season having allowed just six goals. The last time they allowed a goal was in a 4-2 win against Battle on September 28th. This year’s run to the state championship marks the sixth trip for the Eagles to the State Final Four since 2012. The 2012 season is the only time Southern Boone played in the championship game. Vandelicht says a winning culture has been established within the program over the past several years.
The Eagles will face a stiff test from the Whitfield Warriors who come in with a record of 8-6. Whitfield is led offensively by Nolan Schulte with 19 goals on the season. Kickoff for Friday’s Class 1 Championship game is scheduled for noon at the Cooper Family Soccer Complex in Springfield.