The 38th annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Boys Soccer State Tournament will take place this Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 7-9, at KOHLER Engines Stadium at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee and will include the Northland Pines Eagles in the Division 4 field.

The single-elimination tournament features four divisions. Four teams will compete for the State title in each of the divisions. The coaches of the qualifying teams in Divisions 1 and 2 seed those two divisions, and the coaches of the qualifying teams in Divisions 3 and 4 seed those two brackets.

If you are going to Milwaukee to support the Eagles, ticket prices for the tournament are $10.

The tourney gets underway Thursday in Division 4, with top-seeded The Prairie School (16-1-5) playing No. 4 Lake Mills (14-8-3) at 11 a.m., followed by No. 2 Sturgeon Bay (20-4-1) facing No. 3 Northland Pines (15-3-4) at 1:30 p.m. Also Thursday, in Division 3, top-seeded McFarland (16-2-4) will meet No. 4 Rice Lake (17-4-1) at 4:30 p.m. and No. 2 Shorewood (18-3-3) will play No. 3 Seymour (20-1) at 7 p.m.

On Friday, in Division 2, top-seeded Brookfield East (16-2-2) will face No. 4 New Richmond (21-2-1) at 11 a.m., followed by No. 2 Elkhorn (21-1) against No. 3 Brookfield Central (13-6-1) at 1:30 p.m. Also on Friday, in Division 1, top-seeded Verona (19-1-2) plays No. 4 Kenosha Tremper (11-7-2) at 4:30 p.m., followed by No. 2 Eau Claire Memorial (19-1-3) against No. 3 Neenah (17-1-3) at 7 p.m.

All State Championship games will be Saturday, with Division 4 at 11 a.m., Division 3 at 1:30 p.m., Division 2 at 4:30 p.m. and Division 1 at 7 p.m.

The quarterfinals and semifinals of the WIAA State Boys Soccer Tournament will be streamed live on the WIAA.TV portal of the NFHS Network on a consumer subscription basis for $10.99 per month. 

In Division 4, The Prairie School Hawks return to the tournament field for the ninth time overall and for the first time since 2017. In their previous eight experiences at State, they have advanced to the title game in each of the appearances, including six championships. The Hawks won back-to-back titles on two different occasions. They captured Division 3 titles in 2004-05 and then duplicated that feat in 2010-11. They won Division 4 crowns in 2014 and 2017. 

Second-seeded Sturgeon Bay qualifies for the third year in a row and for the eighth time overall. It is also the Clippers’ sixth State appearance in the last seven seasons. They won the program’s only championship in 2015 and finished runner-up in 2017. This season, they advanced to the semifinals by outlasting Oostburg, 2-1, in overtime, in the final of the Kohler Sectional. They are the champions of the Packerland Conference this year.

Third-seeded Northland Pines qualifies for the State Tournament for the eighth time and for the first time since 2007. Each of the Eagles’ previous experiences came in Division 2. They are attempting to advance beyond the semifinals for the first time. The Eagles cruised past Columbus Catholic 8-2 in the Nekoosa Sectional final played at Wisconsin Rapids to earn their berth in the tournament field. They tied for first place in the Great Northern Conference this season with Medford. 

Fourth-seeded Lake Mills is celebrating its first trip to the State Tournament, advancing via a 3-2 shootout after a 2-2 tie with Lake Country Lutheran in the Madison Country Day Sectional final. The L-Cats finished tied for third place in the Capitol Conference this season.

Good luck to the Eagles this Thursday!