Postseason bids up for grabs in last week of soccer regular season

2014-01-27T00:00:00Z Postseason bids up for grabs in last week of soccer regular seasonBy Daniel Gaona Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The regular season for soccer teams ends this week, but the seedings for the state tournaments are far from set.

The Tucson High and Palo Verde boys teams, along with the Catalina Foothills boys and girls squads, are among the local schools that have secured trips to the postseason and could also earn top seeds in their divisions.

There are also several other clubs in Southern Arizona who can win and get in or lose and drop out before the season ends Thursday night.

Here’s a look at what to watch for in soccer action this week:

Tuesday

In Division III action, the Rio Rico girls already clinched the Section III title and earned the automatic bid to the state tournament. That means overall ranking is the only way for Sahuarita, Walden Grove and Palo Verde to get in.

Sahuarita, ranked 13th, has a chance to lock up a spot when it hosts No. 18 Palo Verde on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The Mustangs also travel to Douglas the following night, but it will be the final match for the visiting Titans, who must win to even have a chance at getting a berth.

Like Palo Verde, No. 17 Walden Grove has just one match left. It travels to Rio Rico on Wednesday and must win it to stay alive.

Wednesday

The Nogales boys were ranked No. 1 in Division II heading into a showdown at home against two-time defending state champion Salpointe Catholic last Thursday. While the host Apaches lost 2-0 and fell from the top spot, they’re certainly still heading for the state tournament, regardless of the result in their final game.

No. 5 Nogales will try to cap off the regular season with a win at Sunnyside on Wednesday. The Lancers will be trying to do the same, which would lock up a playoff spot. They host Sabino on Tuesday and play at Rincon/University on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The Rangers are ranked 26th, so a win likely wouldn’t be enough for them to qualify.

Thursday

The Tucson boys, still undefeated in regular-season games, will make their case for the No. 1 seed in the Division II state tournament when they host Desert View at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to end the season. The Badgers are ranked second in the division and also host Sahuaro on Tuesday night at 6:30.

The Catalina Foothills boys, ranked one spot behind Tucson, close the season out against No. 13 Flowing Wells at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. A strong win and some outside help could put the Falcons atop the division.

Contact high school sports coordinator Daniel Gaona at dgaona@azstarnet.com or 807-7761. On Twitter @DanielGaona13

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