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Area High School Soccer Playoffs Going Strong

The girls and boys high school soccer playoffs are a bit different than other spring sports. For one, the entire sport is a bit different, and I'm not talking about that "soccer is a communist sport" way (actually had a football coach who also coached soccer refer to it that way). No, in Texas, there are just two classifications for high school soccer, Class 5A and Class 4A.

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Compare that to the six for basketball and football (counting six-man) and you can see that soccer playoffs themselves might be pretty different. Take the Class 4A bracket. Most Texas playoffs go in a regular order: bi-district round, area round and then the regional touranments, including the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals, before the teams head to state. In soccer, so many teams make the playoffs with all these districts that they had to add a sectional round to the playoffs just to eliminate enough teams.

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That's exactly why a team like Port Neches-Groves can win three games and still just be getting into the regional quarterfinals. The Lady Indians are new to the quarterfinals, having finally downed their big nemesis in the Brenham Cubettes, who have ended their seasons in many sports recently.

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Last Friday, PN-G got its revenge with a 3-2 victory that the Lady Indians took on a 2-0 shootout. The game, played at Charles Street Stadium in Humble, went past 11 p.m. on Friday as part of a double-header. The Lady Indians will now take on Waco Midway at Humble's Turner Stadium for a chance to possibly make to the regional finals...in two more rounds.

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