Soccer: Local teams gear up for playoffs
Boys and girls soccer teams take to the pitch this week to begin post-season play
By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN
FOOTHILLS AREA – With the regular season now complete the CIF Central Section released their playoff brackets last Friday. Here is a rundown of which division, and when the teams will play.
Golden West Blazers
Fresh off their fifth place finish in the West Yosemite League the boys team were given the No. 13 seed in the D-I playoffs. They enter the post-season riding a three game losing streak. During which the Blazers (9-9-2, 6-6) were outscored 8-0.
With their seed the Blazers have a difficult road ahead which began last night against the No. 4-seeded Ridgeview Wolfpack (14-5-2, 8-2). Final of the game happened after press time. Ridgeview finished as co-champions of the South Yosemite League with Golden Valley.
As a result of their third place finish the girl’s team earned the No. 6 seed in the D-III bracket. Golden West lost two out of their last three, including an upset loss to El Diamante 2-1, hurt their seeding. However they will still get a home game to begin the post season.
Tonight the Blazers begin their march toward a valley championship against the Bakersfield Christian Eagles (11-5-5, 9-1-2). They received the No. 11 seed after finishing a top the South Sequoia League.
Exeter stumbled into this year’s D-VI post-season. Two losses to finish Central Sequoia League play resulted in a third place finish. Despite the finish the Monarchs still earned a first round bye, and home game with the No. 3 seed.
Tomorrow night at 6 p.m. Exeter will begin yet another charge toward the valley championship. First up in the quarter-finals will be the No. 6-seeded Tranquility Tigers. Tranquility finished fourth in the West Sierra League, and is coming off six game stretch where they have only had one win.
The seven year reign the girl’s team had over the East Sequoia League ended this season with a second place finish. The Sierra Pacific Golden Bears ended up taking the title. Although it was still a top three finish Strathmore was pushed down the seeding to No. 14 in D-III
This post season run for Strathmore will be the most difficult in some years. They will begin with the No. 3 Mission Oak Hawks on the road tonight at 6 p.m. Mission Oak is coming off a three-way tie for first in the East Yosemite League.
It has been five years since the Cardinals have lifted a valley championship. A streak they hope to break this season after receiving the No. 6 seed. That was given to them after finishing in third place in the East Sequoia League.
Their best league finish in two seasons was good enough to give them an opening round home game. Tonight at 6 p.m. they take to the pitch against the No. 11-seeded Kerman Lions (9-14-4, 2-8). Kerman finished in fifth place in the North Sequoia League.
The last time the Aztecs (11-7-6, 6-2-2) won a valley championship was in 2014. This post-season they look to end that streak. By finishing in a tie for second place in the East Sierra League they drew the No. 6 seed in the D-V playoffs.
Last night, after press time, the Aztecs host the No. 11-seeded Rosamond Roadrunners (14-10-4, 8-1-1) in the opening round. The Roadrunners finished in second place in the High Dessert League.