The postseason is right around the corner as boys soccer sectional tournament play will get underway over the next course of the next two weeks at various local sites for teams from the Defiance six-county area.
In Division II play at Defiance, it was Ottawa-Glandorf (11-1-2) grabbing the top seed and a bye in the first round. In the top half of the bracket, Defiance (4-7-2) earned the five seed and will take on Van Wert (5-7-2) on Wednesday, Oct. 19.
"We're happy with the draw," commented Defiance coach Carlos Lopez. "We're looking forward to playing anybody in the state, whether it's Van Wert or O-G or anybody else. To be successful you have to play anybody in front of you."
Following a 0-0 draw with WBL powerhouse Lima Shawnee, Lopez feels encouraged by his team's recent performance.
"At this point our team is playing a lot better, and that draw tie with Shawnee gave us some confidence," Lopez said. "They are one of the best teams in the WBL along with O-G. At this point of the season, everybody is playing pretty good and we have no complaints about our draw. We're looking forward to playing better."
The winner of the Defiance-Van Wert game will move on to clash with the Titans on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. The lower half of the bracket features a matchup between third-seeded Bryan (8-6) and second-seeded Napoleon (7-7-1).
"I think the seeding was very fair," said Napoleon coach Chris DelFavero, whose team comes in winning five of their last seven regular season games. "O-G deserved the number one seed. This year I really think anybody can beat anybody in this sectional.."
The winners of the two semifinal games will then play it out for the sectional title on Saturday, Oct. 29 for the right to move on to the Wapakoneta District against the Shawnee Sectional survivor.
In Division III action at Kalida, the host Wildcats (11-1) captured the top seed. Ottoville (10-3) and Lincolnview (4-3) will face off on Monday, Oct. 17 with the winner going on to face Kalida on Thursday, Oct. 20. Miller City (11-3-1) earned the second seed and will face a stiff challenge against Archbold (10-2).
Archbold and Miller City previously faced off in the regular season, with the Blue Streaks notching a 4-2 victory. But, Archbold head coach Sean Stewart knows that everything is wiped clean going into postseason play.
"We did play them in the season, and we won 4-2 at their place so we're pretty happy with that draw," said Stewart. "That's one game that went our way, but Miller City is a good team that's played some good teams and beaten good teams. I think we're playing pretty well right now and we're all healthy right now. We're playing physical, we're playing fast and that's what you need to win a sectional in Putnam County. It's going to be a tough sectional. It's really a toss up as to who will win ,but hopefully if we play our best I don't think there's many teams we can't beat."
The eventual winner of the championship game on Tuesday, Oct. 25 will move on to the Wapakoneta District to face the champion of the Lima Senior Sectional.