Sectional soccer preview: Boys
OK, let’s see if we can polish the crystal ball and see what the upcoming boys’ soccer sectionals will look like.
The boys’ committee uses league winning percentage as its top criteria — though the Suburban Council likes to rank the teams according to their points system (2 points for a win against other division, 1 point for win in division or tie with other division, 1/2 point for ti in division).
AA is broken into two divisions — the Suburban (9 teams), and the Big 10-plus (Albany, Amsterdam, CBA, LaSalle, Schenectady, Troy and Queensbury). It’s weighed heavily in favor of getting four Suburban teams to the semis.
Class C had traditionally been broken into two divisions due to the number of teams (23).
Class B may get the same treatment with its 20 schools.
For our purposes, we’ll assume every team enters the open sectionals. We’ll split the C brackets after the top 12 by enrollment — Schenectady Christian School must be a CC.
We’ll also go with a straight 16-team bracket (with play-ins) in Class B.
Seedings are based on play through Tuesday, Oct. 20.
Using the SC points system, Shenendehowa gets the top SC seed, followed by Saratoga, Bethlehem, Guilderland, Ballston Spa, Shaker and Niskayuna. These are the only SC teams .500 or better. Bethlehem and Guilderland could flip, as they play Thursday.
Using winning percentage, Bethlehem goes to No. 2, Guilderland to 3 and Saratoga to 4.
Other division has Big 10 champ Albany first, followed by Troy, Queensbury and LaSalle. Schenectady
and CBA are both 7-6 (538).
Shen comes out to a quarter with Niskayuna, Guilderland beats LaSalle to get Albany in quarters.
Other side sees Saratoga get Troy, Ballston Spa meets Bethlehem in other quarter.
Semis see Shen get past Albany (which downs Guilderland, 2-1, in quarters); Saratoga gets through to see Bethlehem, which beats Ballston Spa for second time this season.
Shen vs. Bethlehem in finals (Bethlehem vs. Saratoga possibly the best game in tourney).
BEST CHANCE TO UPSET: Albany or Ballston Spa.
Opening round has Mohonasen vs. Burnt Hills (yeah, again this year), with BH getting through this time, to get top-seeded Ichabod Crane in quarters. Albany Academy beats Bishop Gibbons, through to quarters to Glens Falls.
South Glens Falls, the 2 seed, gets Scotia in all-Foothills quarter bracket, with third seed Lansingburgh drawing Catholic Central.
BH upsets Crane, then meets Glens Falls in semis. Lansingburgh vs. South High in other semi.
Glens Falls knocks out BH, gets South High in all-Foothills final.
CHAMPION: South Glens Falls.
BEST CHANCE TO UPSET: Burnt Hills, who else?
Top seed Broadalbin-Perth blows through quarters, and into semis vs. 4 seed Tamarac, which beats Wasaren rival Schuylerville in quarters.
Second seed Schalmont gets Greenwich in quarters, and sixth seed Cohoes plays spoiler on other side, bouncing 3 seed Cairo.
B-P vs. Schalmont in final.
BEST CHANCE TO UPSET: Cobleskill-Richmondville.
No. 1 Voorheesville gets past Galway in quarters, and comes into semis vs. Schenectady Christian which beats Cambridge in quarters.
No.2 Chatham keeps its end of the bargain, getting past No.10, our upset special, while Schoharie gets to semis vs. Maple Hill. Voorheesville vs. Chatham in final.
CHAMPION: The Blackbirds — from Chatham.
BEST CHANCE TO UPSET: Maple Hill, of course.
Top-seeded Waterford tops Middleburgh in one semi, second seed Fort Plain makes up for past postseason disappointments with trip to final.
CHAMPION: Fort Plain (in 3 OTs).
BEST CHANCE TO UPSET: Middleburgh.
Defending champ Northville tops Section II newcomer Bolton in one semi; Fort Ann manages to
hold off Dillon King and Loudonville Christian on other side.
CHAMPION: Northville in a classic.
BEST CHANCE TO UPSET: Hartford.
Tomorrow, we'll take a shot at the girls' brackets.