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Upcoming Colfax-Whitney meet to decide soccer rule

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The CIF Sac-Joaquin Section released its pairings for the girls Div. IV soccer playoffs on Monday and at first glance the bracketing for the post season tournament looks a lot like the old pre-determined format that the CIF had employed for the past decade. But a closer look at the bracketing — which was “seeded” for the first time this season by the section — equaled out to advantage Pioneer Valley League. The two playoff bound PVL teams, Colfax and Whitney, will both have first round home games when the tournament opens May 18 and both teams were placed in opposite brackets. Without numbering teams by seed, it’s evident that when the playoff soccer committee met to determine the Div. IV bracket, the PVL’s two teams were at the top of the heap. “I think they did a good job,” said Colfax coach Steve Robinson. “Getting a first round home match is huge and the number one team gets that second round home game too.” The only thing that remained to be settled on the field between the Lady Falcons (9-0-1) and Whitney (9-0-1) is just where the two teams would be seeded. The Lady Falcons and Wildcats who were rained out of their match last week, played yesterday in Colfax with a league title and a No. 1 seed on the line. However, regardless of what transpired Wednesday, Colfax, still must navigate a good, third place sitting Placer squad under the lights at 6:30 p.m. Friday night at Marson Stadium to complete its regular season. In Monday’s win at El Dorado, despite dominating the shots on goal department, the Lady Falcons found themselves scoreless at halftime with a fired-up Cougars squad. In the second half, Colfax struck when Ashley Broussard put forth a nice through pass to Ashley Tobiaz for what proved to be the winning goal. Once again, goalie Amber Cramer was sold for the Lady Falcons in the net. The win moved Colfax’s overall season record to 17-0-3 on the season.