The St. Michael Holiday Cup, which has grown into one of the biggest soccer tournaments in the state with 51 teams, begins Friday at the Burbank Soccer Complex.
There are two divisions on the varsity boys and girls sides plus junior varsity divisions. Action begins at 2 p.m. Friday in the sixth annual event and concludes Saturday.
“This is one of the last big tournaments where some teams can test themselves against ranked competition heading into district play in January,” said St. Michael coach Paul Fletcher. “There are some good teams entered.”
In the boys black division, Grace King, New Iberia, Lutcher and Teurlings Catholic are in Group A. Beau Chene, St. Louis Catholic, E.D. White and Catholic-New Iberia are in Group B. The two group winners play in the championship Saturday.
“Beau Chene is top-ranked team in Division II and tactically can move the ball,” Fletcher said. “Grace King (seventh-ranked) was the Division I runner-up last year and has some good players,” Fletcher said. “St. Louis is young and reloading. Lutcher and E.D. White are other teams to watch.”
There are three groups in the boys Red Division. The top two teams in Group A and B advance to the semifinals and the top team in group C advances to the final. Woodlawn, Dunham and Walker are in Group A. Episcopal of Acadiana, Terrebonne and Episcopal are in Group B. East St. John, Central, Plaquemine, West Feliciana and Westgate are in Group C.
In the girls Black Division, Denham Springs, St. Louis Catholic and Teurlings Catholic are in Group A. Dutchtown, Catholic-New Iberia and New Iberia are in Group B. The two groups play each other and the two teams with the most points advance to the championship. Teurlings Catholic, sixth in the Division II poll, is the highest ranked team.
In the girls Red Division, Ellender, Destrehan, Opelousas Catholic and Beau Chene are in Group A. Zachary, Lutcher, Parkview Baptist and East St. John are in Group B. Walker North DeSoto, Erath and St. Michael are in Group C. The three group winners and the runner-up with the highest score advance to the semifinals.