Two spring high school girls soccer tournaments that feature three ESR Top 10 teams have been postponed and are in jeopardy of not being played following a 9-inch snowfall on the Kansas City area this past weekend.
Craig Ewing, girls coach at St. Thomas Aquinas (Overland Park, Kan.), said in 25 years of hosting a season kickoff event, he had never postponed a match for snow. That changed Monday as the MoKan Challenge, which features ESR No. 3 St. Teresa’s (Kansas City, Mo.) and No. 10 St. Thomas Aquinas was put on hold. In addition, no matches will be played at the Olathe Northwest Tournament, which is highlighted by No. 8 Olathe East (Olathe, Kan.).
“We have played in some cold, even a little flurry or two, but nothing ever like this,” Ewing said.
“We think we have a less than 50 percent chance we could play on Wednesday — we are pretty confident in Thursday, although that is not a guarantee even,” Ewing added.
Complicating the rescheduling efforts is the fact that it is Holy Week, which prevents Aquinas from holding any matches Friday, and all Thursday and Saturday matches must be completed by sundown.
Ewing said at Aquinas, the school plows its turf field down to 2 inches of snow and waits for sunlight to take care of the rest. The Olathe Northwest event is played on grass fields, which cannot be plowed in such a manner.
“I have no idea what will happen on grass surfaces or other fields where they do not remove some of the snow,” Ewing said.