Here is a look at the upcoming prep boys and girls soccer first-round playoff matchups. All girls matches are scheduled for Tuesday while the boys play Wednesday.
No. 11 South Albany at No. 6 Corvallis
Records: South Albany (10-5, 4-3 Mid-Willamette Conference), Corvallis (11-2-1, 5-2 MWC)
Time: 6 p.m.
An unprecedented Oregon School Activities Association ranking situation led to Wednesday’s rematch between MWC rivals.
The playoffs are seeded based on power ranking, and the OSAA will drop the lower-seeded team up to three spots to avoid a first-round matchup of league opponents.
South Albany (11), Crescent Valley (12), Central (13) and Silverton (14) — four MWC teams — were next to each other in the final rankings, causing fits for the OSAA.
“Our rule of has always been to move three spots, and if we can’t avoid it in three spot we go to the original bracket,” OSAA Assistant Executive Director Kris Welch said. “I don’t believe this has happened before. I talked to (Executive Director Peter Weber) and he does not recall this ever happening since we have gone to the ranking system.”
The Rebels, who are coming off a 2-1 play-in round victory at Churchill, upset Corvallis 3-1 on Oct. 12 at home. The Spartans finished second in the MWC behind Woodburn (11-1-2, 7-0) and received a play-in round bye.
No. 9 Santiam Christian at No. 8 Oregon Episcopal (Portland)
Records: Santiam Christian (10-2-1, 10-2 Special District 3), Oregon Episcopal (6-4-4, 4-2-2 Special District 1)
Time: 5:30 p.m.
The Eagles closed the regular season last Tuesday with a 2-1 victory over Creswell.
Oregon Episcopal has won three straight after a rough 0-3-2 stretch in the middle of its season.
No. 10 Santiam Christian vs. No. 7 Blanchet
Records: Santiam Christian (8-6, 5-5 Special District 4), Blanchet (13-2, 12-0 Special District 3)
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Salem Academy
Santiam Christian has dropped four of its last six entering the playoffs.
Blanchet, the SD3 champion, has won every match since starting the season 0-2.
The winner advances to play No. 2 Creswell (11-0-2, 9-0-1 Special District 4) on Saturday. The Bulldogs received a bye to the quarterfinals.
— Bob Lundeberg, Corvallis Gazette-Times