MUNCIE, Ind. — We’re lower than a month for the beginning of what ought to (hopefully) be an everyday soccer season.Final yr, we noticed restricted followers and several other cancelations — together with one which occurred only a few hours earlier than kick off — on account of COVID-19. This yr, Friday nights look like shifting again to regular with the return of an in-town rivalry in Week 1 and what’s trying like loads of aggressive video games all through the season.Here is a whole have a look at the East Central Indiana soccer schedule together with a sport or two to observe every week of the common season:Week 1: Aug. 20Schedule: Muncie Central at Delta, 7:30 p.m.; Anderson at Yorktown, 7 p.m.; Wes-Del at Clinton Prairie, 7 p.m.; Monroe Central at Hamilton Heights, 7 p.m.; Franklin County at New Citadel, 7 p.m.; Blackford at Jay County, 7 p.m.; Indianapolis Scecina at Shenandoah, 7 p.m.; South Adams at Winchester, 7 p.m.Sport to observe: Muncie Central at Delta. Final yr was the primary time in three seasons the place Muncie Central and Delta did not play one another to open up the season. Whereas this intercity rivalry hasn’t been aggressive in recent times — Delta gained 42-0 in 2019 and 35-6 in 2018 — the environment it offers makes it a must-watch to start out the yr. Delta graduated greater than 20 seniors final season, however return a few already recognized and soon-to-be-known gamers on each side of the ball. Muncie Central, in the meantime, returns senior working again Shoka Griffin, who averaged 156.8 yards per sport final season, together with a great chunk of its defensive starters.Sport to observe: Blackford at Jay County. 2019 marked the tip of a decades-long streak during which Blackford and Jay County performed one another in both the primary or second week of the season. This yr, the rivalry’s again on as former Delta athletic director and Indiana Soccer Corridor of Fame coach Grant Zgunda will look to supply Jay County with its first victory since Oct. 18, 2019. The final time these two groups performed in 2018, Jay County beat Blackford 22-21.►RELATED: Jay County hires Delta athletic director Grant Zgunda as its head soccer coachWeek 2: Aug. 27Schedule: Yorktown at Muncie Central, 7 p.m.; Delta at Columbia Metropolis, 7 p.m.; Tri-Central at Wes-Del, 7 p.m.; Indianapolis Attucks at Monroe Central, 7 p.m.; New Citadel at Rushville, 7 p.m.; Jay County at Huntington North, 7 p.m.; Shenandoah at Heritage Christian, 7 p.m.; Knightstown at Winchester, 7 p.m.; Japanese (Greentown) at Blackford, 7 p.m.Sport to observe: Yorktown at Muncie Central. 4 out of the final six conferences between these two groups have been determined by a landing or much less. Take final yr’s sport — which Yorktown gained 35-8 — out of the combo, and this intercounty matchup shapes as much as be probably the most aggressive within the space. Final yr, this sport was Muncie Central’s season opener. With the Bearcats going through off in opposition to Delta in Week 1, nevertheless, they need to be higher ready coming into this one this season.Sport to observe: Tri-Central at Wes-Del. Discover me a extra thrilling sport final yr than Tri-Central and Wes-Del’s sectional-opening double-overtime end. That sport had all of it. Trailing 6-0 at halftime, Wes-Del took the lead within the third quarter and tied the sport up with a couple of minutes left in regulation. Whereas Tri-Central acquired one of the best in additional time, successful by a 30-28 remaining, that was a sport neither facet will neglect. And Wes-Del, which is led by new coach Ryan Cole, will definitely be trying to enact some common season revenge.►RELATED: Former Brebeuf Jesuit, Lapel assistant Ryan Cole named Wes-Del’s head soccer coachWeek 3: Sept. 3Schedule: Muncie Central at Anderson, 7 p.m.; Delta at Shelbyville, 7:30 p.m.; Yorktown at New Palestine, 7:30 p.m.; Wes-Del at Japanese Hancock, 7 p.m.; Monroe Central at North Decatur, 7:30 p.m.; New Citadel at Pendleton Heights, 7:30 p.m.; Jay County at Southern Wells, 7 p.m.; Shenandoah at Lapel, 7 p.m.; Winchester at Northeastern, 7 p.m.; Frankton at Blackford, 7 p.m.Sport to observe: Monroe Central at North Decatur. Welcome to the Mid-Japanese Convention, North Decatur. The Chargers, who nonetheless compete within the Mid-Hoosier Convention in all different sports activities, have been accepted into the MEC for soccer final November. Within the final two seasons, North Decatur boasts a mixed 21-5 file and two sectional championships. The Chargers open up their convention slate in opposition to Japanese Hancock in Week 2 and reigning convention champion Monroe Central in Week 3. The Golden Bears and Chargers have performed one another 3 times beforehand, with Monroe Central successful most not too long ago in 2018.Week 4: Sept. 10, 11Schedule: Richmond at Muncie Central, 7 p.m.; Yorktown at Delta, 7:30 p.m.; Wes-Del at Tri, 7 p.m.; Oldenburg Academy at Monroe Central, 7:30 p.m.; Shelbyville at New Citadel, 7:30 p.m.; Adams Central at Jay County, 7 p.m.; North Decatur at Shenandoah, 7 p.m.; Centerville at Winchester, 7 p.m.; Blackford vs. Alexandria, 1 p.m. (Sept. 11 at Scheumann Stadium)Sport to observe: Yorktown at Delta. This one appears apparent. Whereas Delta has gained each sport on this collection since 2015, Yorktown made it a lot attention-grabbing final yr in a 14-7 loss at house. Coming into final yr’s matchup, each groups have been placing up some ridiculous offensive numbers however neither protection gave up any straightforward factors, or yards for that matter. Each squads will look so much completely different on each side of the ball this season, however this sport needs to be simply as intense.Sport to observe: Blackford vs. Alexandria. In case you like factors, this will probably be a sport for you. Alexandria and Blackford will take over Ball State’s Schuemann Stadium for a number of hours on Sept. 11 for a sport that may nearly actually include a number of factors. Courting again to 2016, Blackford and Alexandria have mixed for at the very least 73 factors every time they’ve met. In 2018, a sport that was additionally performed at Schuemann Stadium, Blackford gained 70-52. That is 122 mixed factors… A probably high-scoring, aggressive soccer sport on a Division I soccer discipline? Want I say extra?Week 5: Sept. 17Schedule: Arsenal Tech at Muncie Central, 7 p.m.; Delta at Mt. Vernon, 7:30 p.m.; New Citadel at Yorktown, 7:30 p.m.; Shenandoah at Wes-Del, 7 p.m.; South Adams at Monroe Central, 7:30 p.m.; Bluffton at Jay County, 7 p.m.; Winchester at Union County, 7 p.m.; Blackford at Madison-Grant, 7 p.m.Sport to observe: New Citadel at Yorktown. Talking of aggressive convention video games, contests between New Citadel and Yorktown have been persistently shut. From the 17-12 New Citadel win in 2016 or the 62-55 additional time sport in 2017, these two at all times appear to match what the opposite is bringing. Whereas the Trojans have gained 4 out of the final 5 conferences, they maintain a slim 4-3 collection lead courting again to 2014. Will Yorktown even it up this season or will New Citadel take a two-game ahead-to-head benefit?Sport to observe: South Adams at Monroe Central. There aren’t many, if any, groups who’ve had success in opposition to Monroe Central like South Adams has. Traditionally, the Starfires are 6-0 all-time in opposition to the Golden Bears, which features a 5-0 file prior to now two seasons. However, guess what? South Adams, the reigning Class A state runner-up, is not going wherever. If Monroe Central desires to win its first sectional title since 2018, it may probably should beat South Adams — which stays in Sectional 43 — sooner or later.Week 6: Sept. 24Schedule: Muncie Central at Harrison, 7:30 p.m.; New Citadel at Delta, 7:30 p.m.; Yorktown at Shelbyville, 7:30 p.m.; Wes-Del at Monroe Central, 7:30 p.m.; Jay County at Woodlan, 7 p.m.; Hagerstown at Shenandoah, 7 p.m.; Winchester at Tri, 7 p.m.; Blackford at Elwood, 7 p.m.Sport to observe: New Citadel at Delta. Since becoming a member of the Hoosier Heritage Convention originally of the 2014 season, New Citadel hasn’t been in a position to beat Delta, with the Eagles successful every of the 11 earlier conferences between the two. Final season, nevertheless, New Citadel got here nearer than it ever has to beating Delta, falling 33-21. The Trojans and Eagles will each be trying to change a number of items on each side of the ball. By Week 6, we should always have a clearer image of the place every of those groups line up within the HHC. Week 7: Oct. 1Schedule: Muncie Central at Marion, 7 p.m.; Delta at Pendleton Heights, 7:30 p.m.; Greenfield-Central at Yorktown, 7:30 p.m.; Indianapolis Tindley at Wes-Del, 7:30 p.m.; Monroe Central at Japanese Hancock, 7 p.m.; Mt. Vernon at New Citadel, 7:30 p.m.; Jay County at South Adams, 7 p.m.; Shenandoah at Northeastern, 7 p.m.; Hagerstown at Winchester, 7 p.m.; Eastbrook at Blackford, 7 p.m.Sport to observe: Greenfield-Central at Yorktown. Greenfield-Central took a giant step final season towards being aggressive within the HHC. Regardless of its remaining 3-5 file, the Cougars beat each Yorktown and New Citadel and misplaced to New Palestine by simply three factors and Delta by six. In earlier years, Greenfield-Central might barely rating on these groups. Head coach Travis Nolting has the Cougars on the best observe, however you possibly can guess the Yorktown Tigers will probably be trying to knock them off earlier than they should host Pendleton Heights and journey to Mt. Vernon within the remaining two weeks of the season.Week 8: Oct. 8Schedule: McCutcheon at Muncie Central, 7 p.m.; Delta at Greenfield-Central, 7:30 p.m.; Pendleton Heights at Yorktown, 7:30 p.m.; Union County at Wes-Del, 7 p.m.; Purdue Polytechnic at Monroe Central, 7 p.m.; New Citadel at New Palestine, 7:30 p.m.; Jay County at Lapel, 7 p.m.; Japanese Hancock at Shenandoah, 7 p.m.; Lincoln at Winchester, 7 p.m.; Mississinewa at Blackford, 7 p.m.Sport to observe: Lincoln at Winchester. Final season, Centerville dominated en path to its Tri-East Convention championship. In 2020, Winchester completed fourth within the league and second the yr earlier than that. If the Golden Falcons are looking for a convention title, this sport is trying like a must-win. Lincoln has struggled in current seasons however at all times seems to play shut in opposition to Winchester. Final yr, Winchester pulled out a 13-6 win over Lincoln in a part of a three-game win streak. In 2018, Winchester beat Lincoln 42-40 in double additional time.Week 9: Oct. 15Schedule: Muncie Central at Lafayette Jeff, 7:30 p.m.; New Palestine at Delta, 7:30 p.m.; Yorktown at Mt. Vernon, 7:30 p.m.; North Decatur at Wes-Del, 7 p.m.; Monroe Central at Shenandoah, 7 p.m.; Greenfield-Central at New Citadel, 7:30 p.m.; Heritage at Jay County, 7 p.m.; Winchester at Union Metropolis, 7 p.m.; Blackford at Oak Hill, 7 p.m.Sport to observe: Monroe Central at Shenandoah. Final season, Monroe Central clinched its first Mid-Japanese Convention championship with a 28-7 win over Shenandoah. The Golden Bears have now gained two-straight video games in opposition to the Raiders. Traditionally, nevertheless, Shenandoah has a 6-3 all-time benefit over Monroe Central. Within the remaining week of the season, each of the groups might, as soon as once more, be trying to clinch a convention title.Sport to observe: New Palestine at Delta. Over the previous decade, there’s been one workforce that Delta hasn’t been in a position to beat, and that is New Palestine. To be truthful, solely six groups have overwhelmed New Palestine prior to now eight seasons. Since 2013, the Dragons are 8-0 in opposition to the Eagles and New Palestine has a lot of dominant wins to indicate for it. Final yr, although, Delta gave New Palestine a run for its cash by coming inside a landing of the as soon as seemingly untouchable Dragons. Might this be the yr Delta comes out on high?Robby Basic covers East Central Indiana highschool sports activities for The Star Press. Contact him by way of e-mail at [email protected], on Twitter @rgeneraljr or cellphone at 765-283-8864.