Bracket breakdown – D-10 girls soccer
Action gets underway in the first round of the 2A girls playoffs today, with 1A and 3A also starting in earnest in the coming days.
Here’s a look at Warren’s potential chances in 3A, as well as the other classifications.
Warren (12-5) will go into Tuesday’s semifinal matchup against Meadville (14-4) winners of eight of their last nine games, with Villa (13-5) squaring off with Central (8-9) in the other semifinal.
Two of the Lady Dragons’ five losses have come at the hands of Meadville and Central, although the loss to Meadville was back on Sept. 24, a game in which they led 2-0 at one point.
It’s been the perfect mix of youth and experience for the Lady Dragons this season, and they will need to be at their best if they want to advance to the championship game.
Elisabeth Adams scored four goals in that 7-3 Meadville win on Sept. 4. That being said, the Lady Dragons have improved drastically defensively since than, which should make for a very entertaining game.
Warren will also be looking to avenge its 5-2 loss to Slippery Rock in their playoff game last season.
The winner will likely face Villa, who will come in as the favorites for good reason as the defending 2A state champions. That came on the heels of a state runner-up finish in 2014.
The Victors are clearly the team to beat, and it will take a super effort to knock them off.
Wilmington (13-3-1) is the defending 1A champion and they will come in as a favorite, along with 16-1 Seneca.
Wilmington’s losses this season are to Villa (3-1), Grove City (3-2) and Karns City (5-0, a state semifinalist last season). They have outscored their opponents 96-28.
Seneca’s lone loss was a 3-2 setback to Central in their second game of the season. They have outscored their opponents 84-18.
Seneca could potentially matchup with Mercer (10-8) in the semifinals. Mercer received a bye to the semifinals after an opt out, while Seneca will square off with 2-win Kennedy Catholic in the quarterfinals. The two teams met on Sept. 24, a 1-0 win for Seneca.
Like the boys, this is the bigggest field with 14 teams.
Mercyhurst Prep (14-4), Hickory (15-2-1), Grove City (14-4) and Harbor Creek (13-5-1) look to be the top contenders.
Villa’s state title run in 2A last season almost went for not, as they had to survive a 2-1 overtime win over MP in the D-10 title game.
Now, the Lakers are in 1A and have a potential quarterfinal matchup with Fairview (11-5-1) lurking. The Lady Tigers received a bye, while MP draws 5-11-1 Sharpsville in the first round. Their only losses this season are to Mount Lebanon, Upper St. Clair, Villa and McDowell.
They played Fariview twice this season, earning 1-0 and 2-0 wins.
Hickory comes in with a strong record, with one of those losses coming 3-2 to Karns City. They also own a pair of wins over Grove City
Harbor Creek has beat Fairview, General McLane and Central, as well dropping a 2-0 contest to Mercyhurst Prep.
I ultimately think the Lakers are the team to beat, but there are several teams capable of winning this championship.
McDowell will face the District 6 champion in a PIAA play-in game.