Some secrets are good.

Some secrets are good.

Van Horn girls soccer coach Chris Corrie said his girls aren’t aware they’re major underdogs in their Class 2 sectional match at 4 p.m. today at Notre Dame de Sion.

Notre Dame de Sion has already won 13 games this year, is annually a girls soccer powerhouse and won the district championship 9-0.

The Van Horn girls soccer team just won its first district title, has won just three games and squeaked out a win over Lincoln Prep 1-0 in the district finale.

Sion (13-6) took third in state the past two years and first the year before that. This is the first state tournament for the Falcons (3-9).

The odds are heavily stacked against Van Horn, and the Falcons haven’t seemed to take notice.

That’s just the way Corrie wants it.

He said the girls have been in high spirits ever since winning the district title and are ecstatic about playing in the postseason.

“They’re just really excited to play (today),” Corrie said. “They’re just tickled to be playing in the state tournament.”

In their first state playoff appearance, the Falcons are facing one of its toughest teams. However, Corrie said that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’ll show Van Horn what it takes to be a championship caliber team.

“They have not seen a team like this before,” Corrie said. “I’m excited. I want them to see teams of this caliber, because this is what we want to be.”

Corrie said the key for the Falcons against Sion will be entering the game with the “right mindset”.

“We’re going to see a team with a lot of D-I talent,” Corrie said. “It’s a team in a little different area than we are.”

However, Corrie and his girls aren’t conceding by any means.

The defense led the way for the Falcons during districts, and Corrie said he expects it to lead them again against Sion.

“We’ll have to play some amazing defense and be a little lucky,” he said.

CLASS 3 SECTIONAL: Lee’s Summit North will play crosstown foe Lee’s Summit West for a chance to advance to the Class 3 quarterfinals.

The Broncos (18-5) will travel to West (22-5) for the game at 6 p.m. today. The winner will play Park Hill South or Liberty on Saturday.