Boys NCS soccer seedings

By MIKE COIT
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Intriguing matches loom should the North Coast Section large-school boys soccer playoff brackets hold form, yet upsets often send top teams home early.

Empire teams took three of the first four seeds — Montgomery, Analy and Maria Carrillo — with Tamalpais No. 1 in Division 1. The teams are closely matched as the region is poised to send a squad or two to the finals.

Anderson Valley and Sonoma Academy are the top two seeds in Division 3. Empire teams have lower placements in Division 2 and must win on the road with Roseland University Prep and Fort Bragg getting home contests after winning league titles.

The first round of games is Wednesday. Teams recognize the playoffs are a new season.

“It’s a really competitive field. You’re going to have to beat good teams to win it. That’s the NCS playoffs,” said Montgomery coach Jon Schwan.

For Montgomery to defend its section title the second-seeded Vikings likely must get past Analy — undefeated going into the sectionals — in the semifinals. Analy, the Sonoma County League winner, would have to travel to Montgomery, the North Bay League champion, because the Tigers are the lower seed despite an unblemished record.

“I thought we would be higher. But the committee usually gets it right,” said Analy coach Peter Meechan. “We’re confident. But when the playoffs come around you need some luck.”

Maria Carrillo and Windsor could meet in a very competitive second-round contest. Windsor defeated Maria Carrillo in an early season match.

Should Tamalpais and Montgomery reach the finals, it would be a rematch from a tight season opener that Tamalpais won.
“The seeding came down to that. We knew that was going to be a big game and they got us,” Schwan said.

The only surprise in the seeding was Elsie Allen dropping to the eighth seed. As a result, the Lobos travel to McKinleyville High in Humboldt County to face Arcata.

A road contest also awaits Cardinal Newman, the highest seed out of the Empire in Division 2. A win there and the Cardinals likely must travel to face top seeded Marin Academy, which opens with Saint Helena.

Two small-school powerhouses are positioned to meet in the Division 3 finals. Anderson Valley and Sonoma Academy both get first-round byes, giving the squads a week to prepare for second-round games and playoff runs.

NCS BOYS SOCCER
FIRST ROUND

DIVISION 1

BYE: (1) Tamalpais (18-3-2)

Wednesday, Nov. 2

AT MCKINLEYVILLE HS
(8) Elsie Allen (10-4-4) vs. (9) Arcata (13-0-6), 7 p.m.

AT MARIA CARRILLO HS
(4) Maria Carrillo (15-6) vs. (13) San Rafael (11-7-3), 7 p.m.

AT WINDSOR HS
(5) Windsor (13-4-2) vs. (12) Novato (10-7-2), 7 p.m.

AT MONTGOMERY HS
(2) Montgomery (17-3-3) vs. (15) Fortuna (10-10-1), 7 p.m.

AT ARNOLD FIELD
(7) Sonoma Valley (9-7) vs. (10) Ukiah (8-8-1), 7 p.m.

AT ANALY HS
(3) Analy (20-0) vs. (14) Eureka (10-7-1), 7 p.m.

AT MARIN CATHOLIC HS
(6) Marin Catholic (11-6-2) vs. (11) Redwood (9-10-2), 3:30 p.m.

DIVISION 2

Wednesday, Nov. 2

AT MARIN ACADEMY HS
(1) Marin Academy (15-3-2) vs. (16) St. Helena (9-5-4), 3:30 p.m.

AT TOM BATES COMPLEX
(8) College Prep (9-8-3) vs. (9) Cardinal Newman (6-9-5), 7 p.m.

AT KEZAR STADIUM
(4) Gateway (11-5-2) vs. (13) Calistoga (16-6-1), 6 p.m.

AT TIMBERWOLF STADIUM
(5) Lick Wilmerding (10-4-3) vs. (12) Fort Bragg (14-5-2), 7 p.m.

AT COLLEGE OF MARIN
(2) Branson (15-4-3) vs. (15) Kelseyville (13-4-1), 3:30 p.m.

AT KEZAR STADIUM
(7) International (16-4-2) vs. (10) Head Royce (10-4-3), 4 p.m.

AT KEZAR STADIUM
(3) S.F. University (11-6-4) vs. (14) Athenian (12-8-2), 8 p.m.

AT ELSIE ALLEN HS
(6) Urban School of S.F. (9-6-1) vs. (11) Roseland University Prep (16-4-3), 7 p.m.

DIVISION 3

BYE: (1) Anderson Valley (14-3-3); (2) Sonoma Academy (16-3-2); (3) Drew (6-7-3); (4) Redwood Christian (12-5-2); (5) Oakland Military Institute (16-7-1) ; (6) Rincon Valley Christian (9-7-3).

Wednesday, Nov. 2

AT BOXER STADIUM
(8) Emery (7-5-1) vs. (9) Bay School of SF (3-7-5), 3:30 p.m.

AT BENTLEY UPPER HS
(7) Bentley Upper (10-6-2) vs. (10) Archbishop Hannah (9-6-1), 3:30 p.m.