Tucson’s Julian Gaona (10) left, celebrates after scoring his third goal of the night and a 3-2 lead late in the second half of overtime at Canyon del Oro High School, Friday Jan. 8, 2016, Tucson, Ariz. Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star

If the regular season ended today, 28 boys and girls soccer teams from the Tucson area would qualify for the postseason.

It’s safe to say the region will be well-represented with state championship contenders come February, even though there are still a handful of matches remaining before state tournament brackets are revealed next Friday.

Walden Grove’s girls team, the defending Division III state champions, downed a powerful Palo Verde squad 5-2 at home Wednesday night, showing the Red Wolves are more than capable of a repeat.

Meanwhile the Tucson High and Amphitheater boys teams could boost their seeding placement with wins over Salpointe Catholic and Flowing Wells, respectively. Rincon/University, the top-ranked team in Division II, may have the toughest challenge, playing four more matches with a bullseye on its back.

Here’s a closer look at five local teams that could be playing for state titles this in a few weeks:


Record: 14-2-1

Ranking (as of Thursday): Third in Division III

Star player: Junior forward/midfielder Nebil Mohanimed

Remaining matches: Sahuarita, Florence and Flowing Wells

By the numbers: The Panthers have scored at least three goals in 11 matches, with three eight-goal performances. They played at San Tan Valley Poston Butte on Thursday.


Record: 13-3

Ranking (as of Thursday): First in Division II

Star player: Senior forward/midfielder Chris Cooper

Remaining matches: Marana, Cienega and Sahuarita

By the numbers: The Rangers have 19 upperclassmen on the team and took a seven-match winning streak into Thursday’s clash against Sunnyside.


Record: 13-0-1

Ranking (as of Thursday): Third in Division II

Star player: Senior forward Julian Gaona

Remaining matches: Salpointe Catholic, Sierra Vista Buena and Catalina Foothills

By the numbers: The Badgers, who won the Division II championship two years ago, have allowed just four goals this season and have recorded 12 shutouts. They play at No. 15 Salpointe on Friday night.


Record: 15-1

Ranking (as of Thursday): Third in Division II

Star player: Sophomore midfielder Paloma Teran

Remaining matches: Tucson High, Ironwood Ridge, Sabino and Cienega

By the numbers: The Lancers have outscored opponents 47-2 with 14 shutouts and have not lost since Sahuaro 1-0 on Dec. 30. Friday’s road match at sixth-ranked Tucson High should be a nice postseason primer.


Record: 18-3

Ranking (as of Thursday): Third in Division III

Star player: Junior forward/midfielder Isabella Solorza

Remaining matches: Rio Rico and Safford

By the numbers: The Red Wolves have outscored Division II opponents 24-10 with wins over Cienega, Ironwood Ridge, Tucson High and Rincon/University.