By MICHAEL COIT
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Soccer has been strong at Maria Carrillo this season with the Pumas boys joining the girls as top seeds for the North Coast Section playoffs opening Wednesday.
Yet to win the large school division Maria Carrillo must get past Marin County’s best teams led by second-seed Tamalpais, which ended the Pumas hopes a year ago.
Geyserville leads the section division three pack with Anderson Valley seeded second. Roseland University Prep looks to cap a fine campaign with a division two title, but likely must get past University High School of San Francisco, and six-time section champion Marin Academy.
“It’s a new season,” said Roseland Prep coach Augustin Fonzeca. “We take it one game at a time. We’re hoping to make a deep run in the playoffs.”
Winning the tough North Bay League should prepare Maria Carrillo for the difficult large school playoff field.
“I think in the end it benefits the NBL teams in the playoffs since we are tested week in and week out,” said Maria Carrillo coach Mike Mastin.
Teams out of the Marin County Athletic League also have come through a grinding season. Redwood and Terra Linda join Tamalpais as high seeds, bumping Sonoma County League champion Analy to the fifth spot.
Two regular season runners up meet in a first-round contest. Rancho Cotate, from the NBL, hosts Petaluma, out of the SCL.
In small school boys, perennial playoff participant Roseland University Prep is poised for a run at longtime Division 2 power Marin Academy.
Roseland Prep played a tough nonleague schedule against larger schools and only lost twice on the season.
“We wanted to prepare ourselves,” Fonzeca said.
One of Roseland Prep’s losses was to North Central League II rival St. Vincent.
The Mustangs drew a tough first-round game, at Athenian, in Danville.
In the section boys’ division three, Geyserville, the North Central League III champion, and NCL II runners up Anderson Valley earned first-round byes.
Geyserville defeated Anderson Valley in an early nonleague contest this season.
The playoffs are a second season. To win in the sections demands stout defense and finishing scoring chances. Every contest features a quality opponent.
“You have to be disciplined. Everybody must play their roles,” Fonzeca said.
NCS SOCCER SCHEDULE
Games involving local teams
BOYS’ DIVISION 1 SOCCER BRACKET
(16) Fortuna (HDNL) 6-4-4 at (1) Maria Carrillo (NBL) 19-0-2*, 7 p.m.
(9) San Rafael (MCAL) 10-6-6 at (8) Casa Grande (NBL) 11-5-1, 7 p.m.
(13) Elsie Allen (SCL) 9-9-2 at (4) Terra Linda (MCAL) 13-6-3, 3:30 p.m.
(12) Healdsburg (SCL) 10-7 at (5) Analy (SCL) 18-2-1*, 7 p.m.
(10) Petaluma (SCL) 12-7-1 at (7) Rancho Cotate (NBL) 13-4-3, 7 p.m.
(14) Sonoma Valley (SCL) 9-9-2 at (3) Redwood (MCAL) 10-5-3
(11) Montgomery (NBL) 9-10-2 at (6) Marin Catholic (MCAL) 14-9-2, 3:30 p.m.
BOYS’ DIVISION 2 SOCCER BRACKET
(9) St. Vincent (NCL II) 14-5-1 at (8) Athenian (BCL-E) 14-1-4*, 3:30 p.m.
(13) Head-Royce (BCL-E) 11-5-1 at (4) Fort Bragg (NCL I) 13-3-4*, 7 p.m.
(10) International (BCL-W) 6-8-7 vs. (7) Calistoga (NCL II) 16-4-3, at Napa Cty Fairgrounds, 5 p.m.
(14) Cloverdale (NCL I) 8-6-3 vs. (3) Roseland Univ. Prep (NCL II) 19-2-3*, at Elsie Allen, 7 p.m.
(11) Lick-Wilmerding (BCL-W) 9-6-2 at (6) Willits (NCL I) 13-3-1, 7 p.m.
BOYS’ DIVISION 3 SOCCER BRACKET
(13) Summerfield Waldorf (SSBL) 13-3-1 vs. (4) Leadership (BCL-C) 6-5-3* at Kezar Stadium, 6 p.m.
(12) Archbishop Hanna (SSBL) 14-3-1 vs. (5) Drew (BCL-C) 11-7-1, at Silver Terrace Field, 7 p.m.
(10) Point Arena (NCL II) 8-9-1 at (7) Sonoma Academy (NCL II) 8-10, 3:30 p.m.
(14) Making Waves (NLA) 6-1 at (3) Rincon Valley Christian (NCL II) 10-9-2, 3:30 p.m.
* designated champion