Listen live Saturday via JoeInsider.com to the District 1 and District 53 boys soccer championship games. First up is the District 53 final at 1 p.m. ET with Kalamazoo Christian hosting Hackett Catholic Prep. Then at 6 p.m. ET, Portage Northern hosts Mattawan for the District 1 title. All four teams competing are defending district champions.
The Irish enter at 14-4, looking for their 10th consecutive district title. HCP went 10-0 in SAC play to earn the league championship. The Comets came closer than any SAC team to beating the Irish, falling 1-0 last month. K-Christian enters at 11-3 with their strongest squad in some time.
Both easily won their district semifinals Wednesday as Kalamazoo Christian blew out Maple Valley 8-0 and Hackett rolled Calhoun Christian 9-1. Last season, HCP knocked out KC 7-0 in the regional semifinal and have gone unbeaten against the Comets in the last decade.
In the other matchup, Portage Northern enters at 9-6-2 and Mattawan is 11-1-1. The Huskies downed Portage Central 4-0 in their semifinal Tuesday and beat Kalamazoo Central 2-1 in the first round. The Wildcats took out Loy Norrix 3-1 in their semifinal.
Mattawan opened the 2020 season with a 5-0 home win over Portage Northern. The Wildcats made it to the Division 2 state semifinals last year, while the Huskies got to the Division 1 regional semis. PN defeated Mattawan 1-0 in their 2019 meeting.
You can listen to both matches live via the embedded player below with KC/HCP at 1 p.m. ET and PN/Mattawan at 6 PM.