A South Summit-Oakley semifinal? Maybe
In the world of 2A soccer, the South Summit area isn’t exactly a hotbed for the game of soccer.
Today could change that just a bit.
The No. 1 overall seed in the 2A state tournament, the South Summit Wildcats, are set to take on visiting Gunnison at Wildcat Stadium today at 1 p.m.
The No. 3 finisher in Region 17, the Oakley School Explorers, in their first year of existence, will take on St. Joseph Catholic today in Ogden.
Should South Summit and Oakley School both advance today, the unlikeliest of semifinals would pit the Wildcats against the Explorers in a match that would leave one of the Summit County schools headed to the 2A state championship.
"Not a lot of people would expect a semifinal matchup like that," said South Summit head coach Chris Burton. "It could be lots of fun."
Added Oakley coach Tim Campbell: "I think for the communities, it could be really cool. It could be a really unique experience."
While the Explorers are officially a 1A team, the top 1A teams in the state join the top 2A squads for a combined 1A/2A playoff.
Oakley School, a private boarding school consisting of about 80 students, has more than 30 players on the boys’ soccer team this year.
"Yeah, it’s pretty exciting for Oakley," Burton said of the Explorers’ inaugural season. "They’re having such a great first year."
The potential semifinals has left both teams’ coaches laughing at the thought of such a high-profile match between schools five minutes away from one another, yet which rarely ever meet.
"It could be cool because we have staff members who are invested in South Summit and in our team," Campbell said. "I think it’d be pretty fun."
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