The third time will be the charm of football teams in district tournaments

The third round will be the key.

Monroe and Bedford are set to face off on Wednesday for the third time this season in the Boys Soccer District first round hosted by Woodhaven.

The first meetings also ended in draws.

“We can’t wait to play our eternal rival Bedford again,” said Monroe coach Ian Cooke. “The previous two league games had a bit of everything – big goals, drama and a bit of controversy. I expect Wednesday’s game to be another classic.

Milan are also keen to face a league opponent for the third time this season in District action.

The Big Reds will face either Grosse Ile or Flat Rock in the District Division 3 semifinals it hosts at 4:30 p.m. Monday.

Milan coach Victor Plasse expects to see Grosse Ile, who won back-to-back state championships in 2019 and 2020 and fell in the final last year.

“We’re going to face the best dogs on Grosse Île, assuming they win,” said Plasse, whose team beat Grosse Île 4-0 at home and lost 2-0 at Grosse Île this season. “They’re a team to respect, just for the simple fact of what they’ve done. They have experience on their side. They have players on their roster who have won a state championship.

New Boston Huron and St. Mary Catholic Central are also hosting districts this week and next.

An overview of the four districts involving the Monroe County area teams follows.

Division 1 at Woodhaven

Monroe, who won a district title last year, brings a 6-11-3 record to the state tournament this season.

“Our guys got a taste of what it was like to be district champions last year and they’re determined to defend that title,” Cooke said. “While our record suggests a disappointing season, we are actually just a few goals away from having the same record as last year. We just haven’t capitalized on the chances we’ve created in games. tight.

Bedford has shown improvement in recent games.

“Mitch Cousino and his team deserve a ton of credit for the progress they’ve made,” Cooke said. “We have to be at our best on Wednesday.”

The Monroe-Bedford winner will face either Taylor or Woodhaven in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Monday. The No. 1 seed Dearborn Divine Child will face Lincoln Park or Wyandotte Roosevelt in the first semi-final that day at 4:30 p.m.

The finals will be played at 6:30 p.m. on October 19.

“Woodhaven and Edsel Ford probably feel like favorites, but after a season of playing exclusively on grass pitches, Bedford and ourselves are probably better prepared than ever for the playoffs,” Cooke said. “We will do our best to defend our title.”

New Boston Huron's Drew Slane (4) looks to pass as Milan's Nolan Matley finishes in a game earlier this season.  Behind are Noah Manthei (10) of the Hurons and goaltender Bradley Hughes.

Division 2 at New Boston Huron

A trio of first-round games on Wednesday will kick off this district – Ypsilanti at Airport (4 p.m.), Southgate Anderson at New Boston Huron (6 p.m.) and Trenton at Gibraltar Carlson (6 p.m.).

Carlson recently picked up a huge win over Divine Child to move to 11-6-1.

“Our team takes no opponent lightly and will face each one with due respect,” Marauders coach Mario Parody said.

Huron’s record is only 5-4-6, but the team received the district’s second seed behind Riverview.

“It looks like after Southgate on Wednesday we’ll be looking forward to facing Gibraltar Carlson, who tied the season opener 0-0,” Hurons coach Matt Lividini said. “We hope to face Riverview in the final against whom we just drew 0-0 last week.”

Airport created a 7-11-1 record with an extremely young roster.

“Riverview, New Boston Huron and Carlson and the top three teams in our district,” Jets coach Goran Cepo said. “We ask the boys to participate in every game and that won’t change until Wednesday. Control what we can control.

Riverview will face the winner of Airport-Ypsilanti in the first match of a semi-final doubleheader at 5:30 p.m. Monday. The winners of Wednesday’s other two matches will meet in Game 2.

The finals are set for 6 p.m. on October 19.

Ida's Evan Schmitz heads for the net in the District Semi-Finals last season.

Division 3 in Milan

Despite its great success in the state tournament over the past three seasons, Grosse Ile is not the No. 1 seed in the district.

That honor goes to Ida, who enters the playoffs with an outstanding 15-2 record.

“Ida must be respected,” Plasse said. “They played in quality schools and got results.”

Ida, who started her football program just six years ago, qualified for the district finals last year. Coach Tim Allen hopes to make a return trip to the league and face a quality team like Grosse Ile or Milan.

“I think if we play well we can win,” Allen said. “As long as we are physical and go to the hard ball, we can win.”

Milan is 11-3-3 before the battle with Grosse Ile.

“The first time we played them, we did a pretty good job of containing them. We need to make sure we show up ready to perform at a level that matches their intensity.

Ida received a bye to Monday’s semifinals. The Blue Streaks will face Blissfield or Jefferson, who open the District at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Blissfield.

The finals will be played at 4:30 p.m. on October 20.

SMCC's Will Shafer scores a goal in a win over Flat Rock.

Division 4 at SMCC

St. Mary Catholic Central brings an 8-7-1 record to the district it hosts at Rosenbrook Field.

The Falcons open Thursday against Manchester at 4:30 p.m. A victory in this game would propel them into the semi-finals at 4:30 p.m. on October 18 against Ann Arbor Greenhills.

The No. 1 seed Clinton is on the other side of the bracket. He received a first-round bye and hosts either Riverview Gabriel Richard or Ann Arbor Central in the semifinals on Oct. 18.

The finals are scheduled for 2 p.m. on October 22.

“We’re in a very tough district this year,” SMCC coach Nathan Olson said. “However, if we show up and play our game and really come together as a team, which we are able to do, we definitely have a chance to scare Manchester, Ann Arbor Greenhills and Clinton.”

Division 1 at Woodhaven

Wednesday

Wyandotte Roosevelt at Lincoln Park, 4:30 p.m.

Taylor at Woodhaven, 6 p.m.

Bedford at Monroe, 7:30 p.m.

Monday semi-finals

Lincoln Park-Wyandotte winner vs. Dearborn Divine Child, 4:30 p.m.

Monroe-Bedford winner vs. Taylor-Woodhaven winner, 6 p.m.

October 19 final

6:30 p.m.

Division 2 at New Boston Huron

Wednesday

Ypsilanti at the airport, 4 p.m.

Southgate Anderson at New Boston Huron, 6 p.m.

Trenton at Gibraltar Carlson, 6 p.m.

Monday semi-finals

Airport-Ypsilanti winner vs. Riverview, 5:30 p.m.

Winner Trenton-Carlson vs. Winner Huron-Southgate, 7 p.m.

October 19 final

6 p.m.

Division 3 in Milan

Wednesday

Flat Rock at Grosse Ile, 5 p.m.

Thursday

Jefferson at Blissfield, 4:30 p.m.

Monday semi-finals

Flat Rock-Grosse Ile winner against Milan, 4:30 p.m.

Blissfield-Jefferson winner vs. Ida, 4:30 p.m.

October 20 final

4:30 p.m.

Division 4 at SMCC

Thursday

Manchester at SMCC, 4:30 p.m.

Riverview Gabriel Richard at Ann Arbor Central, 5 p.m.

October 18 semi-finals

Riverview Richard-Ann Arbor Central winner at Clinton, 4:30 p.m.

SMCC-Manchester winner vs. Ann Arbor Greenhills, 4:30 p.m.

October 22 final

2 p.m.

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