When postseason action comes around, a fanbase can only hope that its respective team is playing at its very best heading into the win-or-go-home realm.
In the 2017 edition of the Division III Southeast District boys and girls brackets, that point has been made by several of the area’s best units as three Scioto County schools — the Northwest and South Webster boys soccer programs and the Wheelersburg girls soccer program — earned No. 1 seeds, while each of the soccer programs at Minford also obtained high seeds in the official release of the postseason brackets on Sunday afternoon.
BOYS DIVISION III OUTLOOK
In the top half of the OHSAA Division III Southeast District bracket, Northwest used its unblemished 14-0 mark to obtain a No. 1 seed and become a sectional final host in the process. The Mohawks, who obtained a No. 1 seed in the bracket, will host the winner of a play-in matchup between No. 9-seeded West and No. 8-seeded West Union — which will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. in West Union — on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. in McDermott.
In addition to West’s play-in affair, New Boston, who obtained the No. 10 overall seed in the tournament bracket, will also play in a sectional semifinal on Saturday morning. The Tigers will travel to South Point for an 11 a.m. affair and, with a win, will play at Rock Hill the following Wednesday at 5 p.m.
As for the bottom half of the Division III Southeast District bracket, the draw offers up some entertaining matchups for all fans to take in.
South Webster, who obtained the last No. 1 seed behind its 8-1-4 overall mark, will get to host a sectional final when the Jeeps play host to either Belpre or Chillicothe Southeastern at 5 p.m. on Oct. 18. South Webster, with a win, gets to take on either Clay or Valley — two SOC I foes — in the Division III District Semifinals at Waverly on Saturday at 3 p.m.
In addition to the Indians and the Panthers, Minford and Wheelersburg will also get to play each other as the final quartet of Scioto County teams will get to play in rivalry-packed atmospheres on the same day.
The Indians, who obtained a No. 4 seed en route to obtaining a sectional final home affair, will get to play host to the Panthers — their SOC I rival — at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. The winner goes to Waverly for a Division III District Semifinal on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. The Falcons — who also will get to host a sectional final en route to obtaining a No. 3 overall seed in this year’s bracket — will host the Pirates, an SOC II rival, as the pair square off for the right to advance to a Division III District Semifinal in Waverly on Oct. 21 at 5 p.m.
GIRLS DIVISION III OUTLOOK
In the OHSAA Division III Southeast District bracket, another familiar face sits at the top of the list as Wheelersburg — who has a 14-0-1 mark overall — was able to obtain a No. 1 seed and a home sectional final affair as a result of its dominating performance throughout the year. The Lady Pirates will host the winner of No. 9-seeded West and No. 8-seeded South Point — who play on Monday, Oct. 16 at 5 p.m. in a sectional semifinal matchup — on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 5 p.m.
Behind an impressive finish to the regular season, Minford, who has an 11-4 record on the year, will also get to host a sectional final. There, the No. 3-seeded Lady Falcons will host No. 6-seeded Chesapeake at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17 in what will be the third matchup between the two teams this year. With wins, ‘Burg and Minford would advance to a pair of Division III Southeast District Semifinal matchups, with the Lady Pirates taking the pitch initially at 5 p.m. and the Lady Falcons doing likewise at 7 p.m.
In addition to West, Northwest — who is the lone Scioto County program on the bottom half of the girls bracket — will also take part in a sectional semifinal when the No. 8-seeded Lady Mohawks play host to No. 9 Piketon next Monday. The winner gets No. 1-seeded Lynchburg-Clay on Wednesday evening in Lynchburg.
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