Prep soccer playoffs kick off this week

The high school soccer season has reached the post-season and the teams from Roseville Area High School and Concordia Academy are in playoff action this week.

Roseville boys

The Raiders are the No. 4 seed in Section 5AA and play a home game in the quarterfinals on Thursday. Roseville (9-4-3) hosts fifth-seeded Champlin Park (10-5-1).

Roseville had a stretch in mid-September in which it went 5-1 and picked up a victory over Minnetonka, which was ranked No. 2 in the state at the time. That burst propelled the Raiders into the state rankings.

Since the Minnetonka win, Roseville closed out the final five games of the regular season with a record of 1-1-3.

A victory on Thursday pushes Roseville into the semifinals on Saturday, where its most-likely opponent is top-seeded Park Center (10-4-2). The Pirates play either eighth-seeded Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village or ninth-seeded Irondale in the quarterfinals. Park Center beat both in the regular season by scores of 4-2 and 5-0, respectively.

The section championship game is Oct. 20 at the highest remaining seeded team.

Roseville girls

After starting the season 4-2, the Raiders lost eight in a row. Roseville snapped that streak last week and picked up a bit of momentum heading to the post-season.

Roseville had its first non-loss since Sept. 12 when it tied Stillwater 1-1 on Thursday. The Raiders followed that up with a 2-1, come-from-behind win over Bloomington Kennedy on Saturday afternoon.

At 5-10-1, Roseville earned the No. 7 seed in Section 4AA and plays at second-seeded East Ridge in the quarterfinals on Tuesday. The Raptors edged Roseville 1-0 in a regular-season Suburban East Conference match on Sept. 29.

In addition to Kennedy, Roseville has also beaten Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village, Hastings, North St. Paul and Blake this season. 

Concordia Academy

The two Beacons squads combined for only six victories this season and both open the playoffs on the road this week.

The boys team (2-13) is seeded 11th out of 15 teams and plays at sixth-seeded St. Croix Prep on Tuesday. 

The girls team (4-12) is seeded 12th out of 15 teams and played at fifth-seeded St. Paul Central on Monday. Results were not available for this edition of the Review.

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

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