Once the regular fall soccer season begins to wrap up, prognosticators and handicappers come out. That includes us, supporters and run-of-the-mill Sunday morning strikers who wonder how the Millers could make it to the state tournament.

This year it’s not hard to predict where the girls and boys programs will end up on Thursday, October 13, the date of first round matches in the Section 6AA playoffs. Both teams will likely be the number two seed and will play the seventh-seeded 6AA team at Washburn Stadium.

With Wayzata’s girls and boys teams ranked either first (girls) or second (boys) in Class AA soccer, there’s little doubt that the Trojans will end up with the number one seed in both sectionals. And that means Washburn will claim the number two seed. After all, both programs have defeated all other section rivals during the regular season, compiling records of 6-0 (girls) and 4-1 (boys) against section competitors. Though the boys dropped an early-season non-conference away match to Southwest, how well you play as the season progresses typically determines overall post-season seeding. And with the Washburn boys defeating Southwest later in the season, and then following up with a win over Minneapolis South to clinch the city-conference title, the Millers are strong favorites to nab the number two seed, thus assuring home field advantage for at least the first two matches.

Here’s our annual prediction for the seeds and brackets in the girls and boys Section 6AA soccer playoffs:

Boys Section 6AA

Predicted Playoff Seeding

  1. Wayzata
  2. Washburn
  3. Minneapolis South
  4. Minneapolis Southwest
  5. Hopkins
  6. St. Louis Park
  7. Robbinsdale Cooper
  8. Robbinsdale Armstrong

Girls Section 6AA

Predicted Playoff Seeding

  1. Wayzata
  2. Washburn
  3. Robbinsdale Armstrong
  4. Cretin-Derham Hall
  5. St. Louis Park
  6. Hopkins
  7. Minneapolis Southwest
  8. Minneapolis South

A Note About Post-Season Play

If you are new to high school soccer—and many of the players and parents this year are—here are a few quick notes about the post-season playoffs and state tournament.

  1. Only varsity-level teams participate. There are no post-season tournaments for junior varsity or lower levels
  2. There are two classes in Minnesota high school soccer. Class A and Class AA. Washburn competes in Class AA, which are the top 64 schools by overall enrollment. This is Washburn’s second year in Class AA.
  3. In both Class A and Class AA, there are eight different sections, each of which generally represents a different region in the state. Washburn competes in Section 6 of Class AA.
  4. Each of the sections in Class A and Class AA compete to determine which team from those sections proceeds to the state tournament
  5. Typically, coaches meet after the end of the regular season to determine the seeds for each section. High seed for each playoff match hosts the match and maintains home-field advantage.
  6. All section playoffs, as well as the state tournament, are single-elimination. Lose once and you are done.
  7. You must win your section to proceed to the state tournament.
  8. Upon winning your section and making it to the state tournament, all teams are re-seeded and new brackets are created for the state tournament based on those seedings.
  9. The first state tournament matches are considered quarterfinals, with a total of eight teams competing.
  10. State tournament match locations are pre-determined. For Class AA, the quarterfinals are at Benilde-St. Margaret’s, Farmington, Chisago Lakes, and St. Cloud State. Semifinal and final matches are at the new US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, with semi-finals on October 31 and finals in the afternoon on November 3.
Gregory Luce

About Gregory Luce

Gregory Luce, whose son Max is in the class of 2018 at Washburn High School, coordinates the Washburn boys soccer website and the program's overall communications. Opinions expressed on the website are his own and do not represent the opinion or views of the Washburn boys soccer program.

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