10 highschool soccer matches to look at within the protection space of The Day by day Report
Are you already planning which high school games to attend this season?
Here is a list of 10 of the most fascinating matchups on paper before the season kicks off. Much could and should unfold over the course of the season and also produce many other juicy matchups.
Wooster in Orrville – Week 1, August 20
The Generals and Red Riders may not have the same talent as they have in recent years, but this longstanding rivalry is always a big game. First year head coaches Austin Holter (Wooster) and Matt Zuercher (Orrville) won’t let up on their new gigs when the matchup gets back going after it wasn’t played last season.
Hubbard at Norwayne – Week 1, Aug 20th
The new look Bobcats are immediately tested by Hubbard, a multi-year playoff team. Eagles running back TC Caffey, who had his first Div. At the beginning of this year I’m offering, perhaps the best running back Norway has seen all season. Norwayne will have to get used to life without quarterback Nate Bitskay and immediate running back Ameer Cunningham.
Mogadore at Triway – Week 2, Aug 27
After the duel with West Holmes, Triway gets another litmus test match against the perennial small school power Mogadore. The Titans hope to take it to the next level as a program, and out-of-league schedules like this one are a great way to move things forward.
Clyde at Norwayne – Week 3, September 3rd
The Bobcats are ending their fixed non-league schedule against the 2019 Div. IV. National Champion. While the Fliers may not be a favorite for the state title this year, they will finish 6-4 in 2020, including three playoff wins. Norwayne would much rather have a deep playoff run than set a gaudy regular season record, and its non-league seasons of Hubbard, Canton Central Catholic and Clyde are a great way to prepare for WCAL and postseason.
Wooster at West Holmes – Week 6, September 24th
Despite winning a share of the OCC last year, West Holmes still couldn’t beat Wooster. It’s been nearly a decade since the Knights beat one of their greatest rivals with their last win over the Generals in 2012. With a lot of talent in the skill positions, the Knights should have their best chance in a while.
Dalton at Northwestern – Week 8, October 8th
Last year, Northwestern took a shock when they invaded Dalton and beat the WCAL champions with a 7-6 win. While Dalton’s outward approach will be “one game at a time,” it’s a safe bet that the ‘Dawgs will remember that loss when they face the Huskies this October.
Chippewa at Rittman – Week 8, October 8th
While that rivalry has long since had an impact on the WCAL title, the games between the two are always fiercely competitive – and usually close. The last two matches were decided by a combined four points.
Wooster in Massillon – Week 9, October 15th
The trip to the Paul Brown Tiger Stadium has been one of the toughest assignments in the state in recent years. Massillon has only lost once at home in the past three seasons. The Tigers also played in four consecutive state championship games and will again have one of the most talented teams in Ohio. The Generals are unlikely to see another team with as much talent all season.
Dalton at Norwayne – Week 10, October 22nd
There is a good chance that both teams are unbeaten in the WCAL in this direction. Oddly enough, Norwayne gets Dalton home for the third time in a row. While that’s not an advantage for the Bulldogs, they beat Norwayne on the road en route to their last two WCAL titles (2017 and 2019). Unless something unforeseen happens, this will be the WCAL game of the year.
Wooster at Ashland – Week 10, October 22nd
Ashland stunned Wooster at the last minute to secure a share of the OCC title last year, despite the two teams playing after their playoff hopes were dashed. Such stakes are less likely to be at stake when the two rivals clash this season, but it has become one of the top games on the game plan lately.