SAN JOSE — It wasn’t exhausting to seek out the staff that got here out on the brief finish Sunday on the Central Coast Part soccer seeding assembly.
Wilcox entered the weekend as a projected No. four seed within the Open Division I bracket, with a house recreation towards No. 5 seed San Benito on the horizon.
However within the span of a day, all that would go fallacious for Wilcox did.
The outcome: The Chargers plunged from a positive matchup — they beat San Benito 35-zero this season — to heavy underdogs on the street Friday night time at St. Francis as a No. 6 seed in Open Division II.
“It couldn’t actually have gone any worse,” Rosa stated, laughing.
Within the CCS, 24 groups qualify for 3 Open Divisions. They arrive from the part’s 5 A leagues, with every A league receiving 4 automated qualifiers. The remaining 4 spots — the at-giant berths — are crammed by A groups with probably the most part energy factors.
As soon as the 24 groups are on the board, they’re separated by enrollment, with the eight largest in Open I, the subsequent eight in Open II and the remaining eight in Open III. They’re then seeded by energy factors.
All Wilcox wanted to stay in Open I used to be for Bellarmine — a big faculty — to not make the playoffs.
When the Bells misplaced to St. Ignatius on Friday, a loss that dropped Bellarmine to seventh within the West Catholic Athletic League, it appeared good for Wilcox.
Bellarmine had 18 energy factors, tied with Sacred Coronary heart Prep and Leigh for the ultimate at-giant spot.
However would Bellarmine even be allowed on the board?
St. Ignatius completed fifth within the WCAL, forward of each Mitty and Bellarmine. However S.I. didn’t have sufficient factors to qualify, so it needed to comply with step apart to permit Mitty (21.5 factors) and Bellarmine to be eligible for consideration, which it did.
Nonetheless, Wilcox figured it had a sixty six.sixty six % probability that Bellarmine wouldn’t win a draw with Sacred Coronary heart Prep and Leigh for the ultimate spot.
Seems, there wasn’t a draw.
Leigh coach Kyle Padia withdrew from consideration as a result of his workforce misplaced six video games in a row to complete four-6 general, had 15 sophomores and a freshman on the roster and was taking a look at a gap-spherical recreation on the street towards regional heavyweight Serra, the highest seed in Open II.
Padia famous Sunday that his workforce final season was the most effective he’s had in his time at Leigh. That staff misplaced at house to Serra within the first spherical by 31 factors.
“Wilcox received the brief finish,” Padia stated. “However we have now to fret about my guys.”
Leigh’s absence from the draw left Bellarmine and Sacred Coronary heart Prep on the board for one spot. However there was no want for a coin flip or a draw as a result of they shared a standard opponent. Bellarmine beat Menlo-Atherton. Sacred Coronary heart Prep misplaced to Menlo-Atherton.
Bellarmine was the twenty fourth and ultimate workforce on the Open Division aspect of the playoffs, sliding into the eighth seed in Open I, with a primary-spherical recreation Friday night time at prime seed Milpitas.
San Benito went from the fifth seed to fourth in Open I, with a house recreation towards Menlo-Atherton as an alternative of a street recreation at Wilcox.
Aptos moved from a sixth seed in Open II — and a street recreation at third seed St. Francis — to the second seed in Open III and a house recreation towards Terra Nova.
And Wilcox? Nicely, it wasn’t so lucky.
“It’s sort of the luck of the draw,” Rosa stated. “It’s what it’s. We’re going to go attempt to do one of the best we will.”
St. Francis, as anticipated, acquired an additional level as a result of De La Salle is acknowledged as a league champion by the North Coast Part. That time was the distinction between being seeded fifth and third for the Lancers and dropped Valley Christian from third to fourth, creating a possible semifinal between Valley Christian and Serra.
The part’s three undefeated groups acquired No. 1 seeds — Milpitas in Open I, Half Moon Bay in Open II and Gilroy in Division V.
Leland (9-1) is the highest seed in Division IV. Its reward is a rematch Friday at house towards the one staff to beat the Chargers this season, eighth seed Willow Glen (7-three).
The three Open Division champions and two of the three Open runners-up transfer on to the regional playoffs.