Local schools fared fairly well in the high school state soccer championships seedings that came out Sunday afternoon.
Five area schools received a top-four seed and a first-round bye for the tournament that starts at school sites Friday.
And all together, seven boys are in the post season and five girls’ seasons are still alive.
The Santa Fe Prep boys are No. 2 in Class 1A-4A, the Capital boys are third in 5A, The St. Michael’s girls are second in 1A-4A followed immediately by Robertson at third and the Los Alamos girls are third in 5A.
“That’s what we asked for,” Lady Horsemen coach Robyn Serge said of spot behind top-seed Hope Christian. “It was between us and Robertson. It’s good that we got No. 2. That puts on the other side of the bracket (of the Huskies), which is good.”
Seeing that St. Michael’s, Monte del Sol and Desert Academy all also landed spots in the small school category was a big step for area soccer, said Blue Griffins coach Hersch Wilson.
“I was happy that all (the) Santa Fe teams got in,” he said. “That’s a testament to the strength of our district and soccer in Santa Fe. There’s a lot of good players distributed over four teams. That’s partially a result of the club system in Santa Fe.”
And that doesn’t even count the Jaguars, who are loaded, as well, and could be even stronger come tournament time.
“It works out well,” said Capital coach Eugen Doyle. “We just wanted to be in the top four. … Our whole season we’ve been missing one or two guys a game. We still some bruised-up guys. Our last game, we had everyone back. Now we can have time to get everyone healthy.”
Keeping the teams focused through a week-plus between games will be challenge, Wilson said.
“We talked about that today,” he said. “The motivation has to come from them. They have to be responsible for their own motivation. We need to keep them intense. Keep them training. We talked about not getting distracted and getting stuff done. Getting homework done. When it comes to training, we really have to work hard and have enough variety in practice so the teenager mind stays engaged.”
Serge wasn’t real thrilled with the layoff.
“It’s such a big gap in between,” she said. “I don’t understand it. I’d rather play them and get them done. We’ve got a good week-plus. We can do some fine tuning. We’re lucky that we have a really decent JV program so we can scrimmage and mix things around and keep it competitive.”