Montgomery County's high school soccer teams will be in Macoupin County this week and next as they participate in the ten-team Carlinville Kickoff Classic at Loveless Park in Carlinville.
The Hillsboro Hiltoppers are in Pool A with the host team, Springfield Lutheran, Athens and Metro-East Lutheran, while Lincolnwood and Gillespie (who co-ops with Litchfield for boys soccer) are in Pool B with Jersey, East Alton-Wood River and Staunton.
Lincolnwood kicks off the tournament on Friday, Aug. 30, against Staunton, then plays two games on Saturday, Aug. 31, against Gillespie and Jersey. They'll wrap up pool play on Sept. 4, against East Alton-Wood River.
Hillsboro starts things off on Saturday against Metro-East Lutheran at 9 a.m., followed by a match with Springfield Lutheran at noon. They play Carlinville on Tuesday, Sept. 3, before finishing with Athens on Sept. 4.
Gillespie also starts on Saturday, taking on the Lancers and Staunton. The Miners then play East Alton-Wood River on Sept. 3, and Jersey on Sept. 4.
The tournament will conclude on Thursday, Sept. 5, with crossover play between the two pools. The fifth and ninth place games start at 4:15 p.m., followed by the third and seventh place games at 5:45 p.m. The championship match is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. at Loveless Park.
Carlinville Kickoff Classic
August 30-September 5
Pool A: Carlinville, Springfield Lutheran, Hillsboro, Athens, Metro-East Lutheran
Pool B: Jersey, Lincolnwood, Gillespie, East Alton-Wood River, Staunton
Friday, August 30
4:15 p.m. - Lincolnwood vs. Staunton
5:45 p.m. - Carlinville vs. Springfield Lutheran
Saturday, August 31
9 a.m. - Lincolnwood vs. Gillespie
9 a.m. - Hillsboro vs. Metro-East Lutheran
10:30 a.m. - Carlinville vs. Athens
10:30 a.m. - East Alton-Wood River vs. Staunton
12 p.m. - Jersey vs. Lincolnwood
12 p.m. - Springfield Lutheran vs. Hillsboro
1:30 p.m. - Metro-East Lutheran vs. Carlinville
1:30 p.m. - Gillespie vs. Staunton
3 p.m. - Athens vs. Springfield Lutheran
3 p.m. - East Alton-Wood River vs. Jersey
Tuesday, September 3
4:30 p.m. - Metro-East Lutheran vs. Athens
4:30 p.m. - Gillespie vs. East Alton-Wood River
6 p.m. - Hillsboro vs. Carlinville
6 p.m. - Staunton vs. Jersey
Wednesday, September 4
4:30 p.m. - East Alton-Wood River vs. Lincolnwood
4:30 p.m. - Athens vs. Hillsboro
6 p.m. - Metro-East Lutheran vs. Springfield Lutheran
6 p.m. - Jersey vs. Gillespie
Thursday September 5
4:15 p.m. - 9th Place - #5 Pool A vs. #5 Pool B
4:15 p.m. - 5th Place - #3 Pool A vs. #3 Pool B
5:45 p.m. - 7th Place - #4 Pool A vs. #4 Pool B
5:45 p.m. - 3rd Place - #2 Pool A vs. #2 Pool B
7:15 p.m. - 1st Place - #1 Pool A vs. #1 Pool B