MHS, SHS on the road; LHS, GHHS, SCCA hosting
Brackets for each division playoffs in the Central Section were released Saturday afternoon.
Local high school girls soccer teams playing this postseason are Monache, Strathmore, Lindsay, Granite Hills and Summit Charter Collegiate Academy.
All opening round games are scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 12 and the team with the higher seed hosts. If the host site doesn't have lights, games will be played at 3:30 p.m. If the host site does have lights, games will be played at 6 p.m.
No. 11 Monache (12-8-3, 4-6 EYL) begins the Division II playoffs at No. 6 Sanger (11-12). This is the Marauders first playoff appearance since the 2016-17 season.
If Monache defeats Sanger, they'll face the winner of Wednesday's opening round game between No. 3 Mission Oak (17-5-3, 7-2-1 EYL) and No. 14 Liberty Madera (10-11-2). Liberty is last season's Valley championship runner-up.
During East Yosemite League play, Monache lost twice to Mission Oak. The Hawks won 2-1 in overtime in the first meeting and 2-0 in the second game.
After missing the postseason last year, No. 14 Strathmore (12-8-1, 7-4-1 ESL) opens the Div. IV playoffs on the road at No. 3 Orosi (18-1-6). The Spartans finished third in the East Sequoia League.
If Strathmore wins, they'll face the winner of Wednesday's opening round game between No. 6 Exeter (10-7-1) and No. 11 Foothill (11-10-2).
After finishing a game short of playing for a Valley championship last season, Lindsay (13-8-3, 10-2 ESL) returns to the Div. V playoffs with the sixth-seed. The No. 6 Cardinals open up the playoffs hosting No. 11 Dos Palos (11-13-2).
Lindsay finished second in the East Sequoia League and outscored opponents 78-45 on the overall season. They finished league on a four-game win streak with their only losses at the hands of Div. 4 Sierra Pacific (23-3-2, 12-0 ESL). The Golden Bears also defeated the Cardinals in the semifinals of last season's playoffs.
If Lindsay wins, they'll face the winner of No. 3 Rosamond (16-4-1) and No. 14 Kern Valley (6-5-3).
Hosting their first playoff game in two years is the Granite Hills Grizzlies (9-13-2, 4-7-1 ESL). The Grizzlies received the sixth seed and host No. 11 Avenal (5-13-1).
Granite had their struggles late in the season and finished on a three-game losing streak to close out East Sequoia League play.
Earlier this season, Granite defeated Avenal 3-0 in a tournament game at Lemoore. If the Grizzlies win again, they'll travel to No. 3 Riverdale (10-10-2).
Also, No. 8 Summit Charter (9-6, 4-2 ESL) hosts No. 9 Firebaugh (8-13) in an opening round game. This is the SCCA Bears second-straight year qualifying for the playoffs.
The Bears finished second in the East Sierra League and outscored ESL opponents 19-4. The only goals they allowed were to Div. V's Fresno Christian (19-2, 6-0 ESL). The Bears lost 2-1 both times to Fresno including an overtime-loss the second time around.
If Summit defeats Firebaugh, they'll travel to top-seed Frazier Mountain (15-2-1) for a quarterfinal game on Friday.
Records provided by MaxPreps.com.