Each week during the high school season, ESPNHS highlights five weekend matches that have a compelling storyline or could have significant state, region and/or national implications. This is the final week for the matches to watch for the fall high school season.
This week, early season tournaments in Texas highlight the schedule.
Friday, Jan. 20
No. 1 Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) vs. Bolles School (Jacksonville, Fla.): Montverde Academy had a chance to lock up a second straight POWERADE FAB 50 national title this week, but a Tuesday draw with Boca Raton (Fla.) will put that on hold. The Central Florida powerhouse carries a 51-match undefeated streak into Friday’s season finale against Bolles School. Although Bolles recently finished seventh in the Montverde Academy Soccer Tournament, that is not a true indication of the team’s potential. Bolles only sent 11 players and mostly underclassmen to the event since the tournament conflicted with the school’s exams.
No. 24 Servite (Anaheim, Calif.) vs. Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.): Santa Margarita could earn its way back into the POWERADE FAB 50 with a win over league rival Servite. Santa Margarita is 2-0-2 in Trinity League play while Servite is 3-1. The teams are a combined 27-5-5 this year.
Friday, Jan. 20-Saturday, Jan. 21
Governor’s Cup in Georgetown, Texas: This annual event stands as one of the most important inseason tournaments in Texas with top programs from several parts of the state colliding. In Thursday’s opening round, POWERADE FAB 50 No. 2 Reagan (San Antonio, Texas) played to a 1-1 draw with No. 5 Strake Jesuit (Houston, Texas). No. 3 McNeil (Austin, Texas) also is competing in this event.
Duncanville Tournament in Duncanville, Texas: The past two Texas 5A state champions could meet at this annual event, which features No. 12 Jesuit College Prep (Dallas, Texas) and No. 14 Carroll (Southlake, Texas). Carroll won the 2011 Texas 5A crown and finished No. 2 in the FAB 50. Jesuit claimed the 2010 Texas 5A and national titles in 2010.
College Park Tournament in College Park, Texas: This might be the coming out party for Alief Elsik (Houston, Texas). This school of 4,300 students is fielding a soccer team that includes several players who have recently relocated from Africa. The team pinned a 5-1 pasting on perennial local power Klein (Klein, Texas) in Thursday’s opening round action.