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Men's NWAACC Soccer Post SeasonRound 1 Preview

Posted: 11/7/2012 11:27:00 AM

Men's NWAACC Soccer Post SeasonRound 1 Preview

Round one games will be played on Wednesday, November 7th on the home field of the team with the higher seed. Region champions earn a round one bi, and will face the winners of round two on November 10th on their home field. Follow the NWAACC's twitter and facebook pages for score updates!

South No. 2 Seed vs. East No. 3 Seed

Spokane - A team that struggled somewhat mid-season, Spokane caught fire in October, going unbeaten in eight of the next nine matches to finish the season. That stretch included a draw and a win over Columbia Basin, who finished just one point ahead of Spokane in the East. Spokane also kept Treasure Valley at bay, drawing with the Chuckars once and beating them 3-0 to end the season. Of the teams to make the playoffs, Spokane comes in third to last in goals scored with 31, and are lead on the offensive side of the pitch by Isaac Peter with nine goals.

Chemeketa - The Storm's finish to the season has to be one of the best in the league. Discounting a loss to region champion Clark, Chemeketa reeled off 12 unbeaten games to close out their 2012 regular season campaign. If not for the loss against Clark, Chemeketa may have caught the Penguins in the standings for the 1st seed in the South, as they only lost by five total points. Chemeketa, who won the 2011 NWAACC Men's Soccer title, is fourth among playoff teams in scoring with 55 goals, and is lead by Wyatt Brown, who netted a 4th best 17 goals of his own.

West No. 2 Seed vs. North No. 3 Seed

Everett - Everett throughout the season was a team that did nothing but hold their own. They beat the teams they were supposed to, and lost to the teams above them in their division. There were no fantastic runs and no wild collapses, just consistent play from beginning to end. Perhaps the most exciting moment was a midseason scoreless draw with Edmonds, who went on to win the North, and was held scoreless only three times in region play. Everett definitely isn't an offensive powerhouse - they put in just 21 scores this season, last among teams to make the playoffs, and tied for fourth worst in the league.

Highline - Highline is coming off a final four appearance in 2011, and a final four that featured three teams from the NWAACC West: Peninsula, Olympic and Highline. That taken into account, second fiddle in that kind of division is nothing to hang one's head about. Highline finished on a four game unbeaten run after playing region champion and top ranked Peninsula to a close 2-1 loss. Highline is sixth among all playoff teams in scoring with 43 goals, and has no clear scoring leader, but instead a pair of players with six goals and another pair with five.

North No. 2 Seed vs. West No. 3 Seed

Tacoma - The Titans are one of just two teams with a losing league record to make the post season, and one of just three with an even goal differential or worse. To be fair, Tacoma played in a tough conference, having to match up with two of the top three teams in the final polls, but Tacoma stumbled their way into the playoffs, losing four of their final six matches and being held scoreless in three straight games over the final stretch.

Whatcom - The Orcas of Whatcom didn't finish the season on fire, but did reel off five unbeaten matches to tie off the regular season. They barely lost the race for the top seed in the North, finishing just three points behind Edmonds after having drawn with the now region champions just a week before on Halloween. Whatcom is third best in the league in goals allowed, letting just 16 into the net so far, and keeping seven clean sheets (5th best). Heath Sowers lead's Whatcom's scoring attack with 10 goals this season.

East No. 2 Seed vs. South No. 3 Seed
Pierce - Of the 12 teams remaining in contention, Pierce has the biggest negative goal differential at 33-40 and the least amount of shutouts. They're not the lowest scoring team, which is Everett, but they have allowed the most goals of any team to make the playoffs and have kept the least amount of clean sheets of any post season team. Offensively, Pierce is lead by Matthew Solis, whose 11 scores put him tied for ninth league wide in goals.

Columbia Basin - Following a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Spokane on Oct. 10, the Hawks transcended into another dimension, going undefeated in their final seven matches, including an all important draw with Spokane in the season finale. With that draw, Columbia Basin completed a fantastic comeback race to win the second seed in the East by just one point at 21 to 20 over Spokane. CBC's 50 goals are good for fourth best in the NWAACC, led by Jesse Esquivel's 12 scores.

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