The Missouri Class 1, 2 and 3 Girls State Soccer Championships begin at noon Friday at Blue Springs and Blue Springs South high schools.

The Missouri Class 1, 2 and 3 Girls State Soccer Championships begin at noon Friday at Blue Springs and Blue Springs South high schools.

In Class 1 play Friday at Blue Springs High School, Principia plays Springfield Catholic at noon and St. Pius X (Kansas City) meets St. Pius X (Festus) at 2 p.m. The third-place game is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday with the title game set for 2 p.m.

In Class 2 action Friday at Blue Springs South, Rosati-Kain meets Smithville at noon, followed by St. Dominic vs. Helias Catholic at 2 p.m. The third-place game is at noon Saturday and the title game is at 4 p.m.

Cor Jesu plays Glendale to kick off Class 3 play at 4 p.m. Friday at Blue Springs South, followed by St. Joseph’s Academy against local representative Lee’s Summit North at 6 p.m.

The Class 3 third-place game will be at noon Saturday and the title game will be at 6 p.m. Both games will be played at Blue Springs South.

Tickets are $7 per session and will be available at each site.

Tom Round, the activities director at Blue Springs High School, and Mark Bubalo, his counterpart at South, say the weekend of soccer should go off flawlessly.

“We had the boys state championship here in the fall, so we know what to expect,” Round said. “Not to downplay anything this weekend, but we’re expecting crowds of 1,000 to 1,500 and when we play South or Rockhurst in football we might have 8,000 people.

“We know how to treat our guests and we’re excited about showing off our facilities to a new set of fans.”

Round said the reception Blue Springs and Blue Springs South received in the fall was rewarding.

“When a Class 1 or Class 2 team comes to our place or South, the first thing they ask is, ‘This is a high school?’ They aren’t used to seeing a facility like this,” Round said. “We’re proud of what we have. Blue Springs and South have two of the top facilities in the state – in the entire Midwest.”

Bubalo, who has overseen a nationally televised ESPN football game and a concert by Blue Springs South grad and "American Idol" winner David Cook, agrees.

“We know how to handle something like this, and I think we learned a few things in the fall with the boys that will help us this spring,” Bubalo said. “For one thing, we were overstaffed in the fall. Which isn’t really a bad thing, because you want to have enough staff to take care of anything that might come up.

“But this time, I know we both have all the bases covered. I just hope soccer fans in Eastern Jackson County come out to see some really good soccer, and I hope they support the area teams like Lee’s Summit North, Smithville and St. Pius X.”

Having a state championship series at a high school is a rarity in the state and Blue Springs and Blue Springs South exceeded all expectations with the boys in the fall.

“Most state championship events are at a college site,” Round said. “A few years ago, swimming was at Columbia Hickman High School and we’ve had state volleyball in downtown Kansas City at Municipal Auditorium. We’re proud to host this event and we like for the rest of the state to see what Blue Springs and Blue Springs South high schools have to offer.”