District 59-4A soccer playoffs not quite decided
March 22, 2012 at midnight
Updated March 21, 2012 at 10:22 p.m.
There is a litany of scenarios surrounding the teams vying to represent District 59-4A in the upcoming soccer playoffs.
For the boys and girls programs at Victoria East and West a win would simplify all of those outcomes. Friday's contests between the two Victoria schools are always emotional and physical games - without the playoff implications as an additional ingredient.
The Warrior girls (12-5-3, 6-3-2 district) are the only program without monumental implications riding on a victory against their archrival Friday night. Whether they win or lose, they will be either the second or third seed from the district.
Everything is not as concrete for the Warrior boys.
Victoria West (11-9-2, 6-4-1 district) miss the playoffs depending on results Friday night. Corpus Christi Moody (6-4-2, 5-4-2 district) is a point behind the Warriors, ready to pounce should the Warriors stumble.
West is in fourth with 13 points, three behind Victoria East and a point behind Rockport-Fulton and Gregory-Portland. They play the Titans at Memorial Stadium, Rockport hosts district doormat Corpus Christi Miller, while the Wildcats have a bye.
West head coach Bill Tally said his Warriors will approach the rivalry as a must-win. Granted, the Warriors could clinch a playoff spot if Corpus Christi Moody loses or ties Corpus Christi Ray, but aren't thinking about that possibility.
"It shows how close the district is," Tally said. "Even with G-P coming back it's because they lost games in the second round of district. Teams have improved even in the district season. It's a testament to the district. It's sad that one of us is going to end up missing out, because we're all playoff-level teams."
Rockport-Fulton, West and Moody each defeated the Wildcats to set up the logjam atop the boys standings.
Tim Eaton and the Victoria East boys are above that fray.
They will clinch the district title outright with a win or draw against Victoria West. It will be the first for Victoria East, but not some of the seniors that make up the heart of the Titans this year.
A Titan loss opens the door for Rockport-Fulton to share the crown with the Titans. The Pirates would be the top-seed entering the playoffs because Tuesday's 2-1 win gave them the head-to-head advantage over East.
Then again, one of the Buccaneers two results this season was a 1-1 draw with the Pirates on Feb. 21.
"When you have a rivalry like we do everything goes out the window," said East boys coach Tim Eaton. "We have to go out and play our best game. The standings, as far as we are concerned, don't have anything to do with it. We're looking to finish the season on a high note and hopefully get ready for the playoffs."
Misty Boenig and the rest of the East girls (5-4-2, 12 points), arguably have the most to play for; however, they are approaching their game with the Warriors like each of the previous 11 matches in district play.
"It's the end of district and we are going to look at it and approach it like we have every game," Boenig said. "We will have a game plan and look to execute that game plan like we did in the first round and hope for the best."
That approach lifted the Titans to a 2-1 win over West on Feb. 21. Should they repeat the same result, the Titans are in the playoffs. If not, it leaves the door open for Corpus Christi Ray (4-4-3, 11 points) to overtake the Titans.
Boenig said her girls are more focused on the things they can control. With seniors at all three lines on the field and a defense as healthy as it has been all season, the Titans are confident they will clinch the school's first playoff berth.
"I expect to be successful on Friday," Boenig added. "I expect to execute our game plan and show what the girls are capable of doing."