'Play On' as soccer teams begin playoff push
The high school soccer season has been extended by at least one game for 11 teams from tri-county area schools who all have the same goal in mine - a Northern Section championship.
The boys teams from Corning Union, Orland, Willows, Los Molinos and Colusa will all attempt to put their best feet forward, while the girls squads from Orland, Corning, Pierce, Colusa, Willows and Williams are all also in contention.
Corning comes in as the top-seeded team after winning the Northern Athletic League championship with a record of 9-0-1 and going 18-0-2-overall.
As the top seed, Corning received a first-round bye and will wait until Tuesday to host the winner of Thursday's matchup between No. 4 Gridley and No. 5 Yreka.
The Cardinals posted a 2-0 win over Gridley and won both league contests with Yreka, 5-0 and 4-1.
The Trojans are seeded second and also earned a bye in the first round. Orland topped the Butte View League at 11-1 and went 17-2-1 overall.
They host the winner of the match featuring No. 3 Live Oak and No. 6 Sutter, being played Feb. 20.
Orland bested Live Oak 2-0 and won two of the three matches it played with the Huskies, 4-1 and 2-1, although Sutter blanked the Trojans 2-0 on Jan. 28.
Willows is a top seed after taking the Sacramento Valley League-1 with a 7-2 record and finishing the season 14-5-2.
Willows received a bye in the first round and will take on the victor between No. 4 Los Molinos and No. 5 Colusa, who play in Los Molinos on Thursday.
Orland, by way of being seeded second, will not play until Tuesday. The Lady Trojans finished second in the BVL at 6-2-4 and boast an overall mark of 13-2-4.
They will play the winner between No. 3 Sutter and sixth-seeded Corning.
Sutter went 6-3-3 in the BVL and was 10-9-3, while the Lady Cardinals were fifth in the NAL at 4-6 and went 8-11-1.
Two area teams will fall on Thursday.
No. 4 Pierce (5-3-1 SVL-1, 8-4-3) hosts fifth-seeded Colusa (3-2-4 SVL-2, 6-7-4).
Third-seeded Willows, who captured the school's first-ever SVL-1 championship and was 5-1-3, will put it on the line at home versus No. 6 Williams (2-4-3 SVL-2, 3-6-5).