Soccer hosts Jets Saturday
By Sparta Live | April 30, 2014 12:00 am
Last Thursday’s district finale against Cookeville turned out to also be the regular season finale for the White County High School soccer team.
Mother Nature, who reared her head over the beginning of this week, forced cancellation of the soccer game at DeKalb County on Tuesday. That leaves the Warriors at 5-7-1 overall.
Soccer had the advantage over some of the other team sports as far as completing the regular season league play. They were required to get all their district matches scheduled prior to the start of the final week of the season. Thus, other than tennis, which has already started tournament play, soccer is the only sport that has their postseason schedule finalized.
The Warriors, at 3-2 in 6AAA play, finished in a tie for second place with Warren County. The Pioneers won the head to head tiebreaker due to their 2-1 victory over the Warriors.
Cookeville, who finished at 5-0 took the top seed. Rhea County and Cumberland County finished tied for fifth at 1-4. The Eagles won that tiebreaker due to their head to head win.
Stone Memorial came in fourth at 2-3.
That sets up the bracket for the 6AAA tournament, with all games being played at the higher seeded team’s home field.
Cookeville and Warren County both get byes in the first round.
The Warriors, the third seed, host the sixth seeded Cumberland County Jets Saturday at 6 p.m. When the two met in the regular season, the teams played 100 minutes of scoreless soccer with the game coming down to a shootout of penalty kicks, which the Warriors won 4-3.
The other quarterfinal game will have Stone Memorial hosting Rhea County. The Panthers defeated the Eagles 2-0 in their regular season meeting. That game will also be played Saturday at 6 p.m.
The semifinals are set for Tuesday at 6 p.m. (tentatively). Cookeville will host the winner of the Stone/Rhea contest. The winner of the game between White and Cumberland will travel to Warren County.
The championship game is scheduled for Thursday, May 8th, at the site of the highest remaining seed.