Playoff brackets will be out today

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Soccer: Girls in line for a first-round bye, boys could end up in bottom third

By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls soccer teams will learn their postseason fates today.
The New Mexico Activities Association will announce the boys and girls soccer brackets today. The NMAA’s seeding and selection committee will post the playoff brackets on the nmact.com website.
The 2011 playoffs will start will first-round games Friday and Saturday at the homes of the Nos. 5-8 seeds. They will host the 9-12 seeds, while seeds 1-4 get a bye to the state quarterfinals.
Los Alamos’ girls appear to be in line for a top four seed and may even get a top two seed, although with a loss earlier this month to St. Pius X, a No. 1 seed may not be in the cards.
The Hilltopper girls earned the District 2-4A championship this season, going undefeated and unscored-upon in district for the fifth consecutive season.
Where Los Alamos’ boys soccer team might land, however, is anyone’s guess. Los Alamos could go virtually anywhere from 5 to 11, although it may not have the credentials, with losses during the regular season to Farmington (twice), Albuquerque Academy (twice), St. Pius and Roswell to get into the top eight and host a first-round game.
Further, Los Alamos fell in a critical 2-4A contest last week against Capital, which ultimately earned a leg-up on the Hilltoppers in the district race.
“I think we’ll be traveling in our first game and I think we’ll be traveling far,” Hilltopper head coach Evan Gartz said following the loss to Capital. “The only thing we could’ve hung our hats on was a district championship and we don’t have that. That really hurt us.”
To clinch the title, however, Capital still had to defeat Santa Fe Saturday. Results of that game hadn’t been reported as of press time, but a Santa Fe upset of Capital would give the championship back to the Hilltoppers.
As of late Saturday afternoon, the Hilltopper boys were still in the No. 5 slot in the Class 4A coaches poll on nmsoccer.com, although the poll doesn’t close until today. However, should Capital’s Jaguars come through and clinch the 2-4A title, that would necessitate the Jaguars being seeded ahead of the Hilltoppers today, per NMAA rules.
The Jaguars were unofficially sixth in that same poll, nine points behind the Hilltoppers.
On the boys side, either Belen or Farmington are the odds-on favorites to earn the top seed. On the girls side, Los Alamos, Academy and Farmington are likely to join St. Pius among the top four seeds, with Aztec and Miyamura having outside shots at earning one of the coveted top-four spots.
Los Alamos has lost to Academy in the finals each of the past three seasons.