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Prep soccer: Metro-area dominates seeding

Make it six for six for the metro area.

All of the No. 1 seeds for the high school state soccer tournaments went to metro-area schools, as the New Mexico Activities Association released the postseason brackets on Sunday.

BOYS: As expected, one-loss Cibola pulled down the top seed in Class 6A, followed by La Cueva, Las Cruces and Volcano Vista. Those four have first-round byes next weekend. Volcano Vista, the only team to beat Cibola in the regular season, is in the same half of the draw as the Cougars.

Teams hosting first-round games are No. 5 Atrisco Heritage, No. 6 Albuquerque High, No. 7 Oñate and No. 8 Sandia.

The Matadors get Rio Rancho in the first round; the Rams beat Cleveland on Saturday night to claim third place in District 1-6A.

But the weekend was still a major success for the Storm. Cleveland is in the state tournament for the first time, getting in as a No. 12 seed. Cleveland faces Atrisco in the first round.

District 1 qualified four teams, more than any district.

• Class 5A was perhaps the most competitive of any division this season. Albuquerque Academy snared the No. 1 seed ahead of last year’s Class 4A state champion, Roswell. Capital and Farmington rounded out the top four.

St. Pius was the last team in at No. 12, and travels to No. 5 Los Lunas in the first round.

• Sandia Prep dominated New Mexico competition and the Sundevils – seeking a record 18th state championship – were seeded at the top of the Class 1A-4A bracket.

Santa Fe Prep, Bosque School and New Mexico Military Institute also have byes in the first round.

GIRLS: Despite a loss Saturday, Rio Rancho is the No. 1 seed in Class 6A. Eldorado, last year’s 5A state winner, is seeded second, followed by La Cueva and Cleveland.

Cibola, Hobbs, Volcano Vista and Las Cruces are seeds 5-8, and get home games in the first round. The 8-9 game pits two district champions, the Lady Bulldawgs and No. 9 AHS.

• St. Pius is positioned well to defend its 2013 title. The Sartans were the clear No. 1 in Class 5A this year, with Aztec (a team St. Pius has beaten twice, 4-2 and 2-1), Los Alamos and Farmington filling out the top four lines.

Del Norte’s girls got in at No. 11, and face sixth-seeded Academy next weekend.

• Undefeated Hope Christian, a defending state champion, was the no-brainer choice for No. 1 in Class 1A-4A. St. Michael’s, Robertson and Bosque School also will be off next weekend.

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